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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jessica Hecht - Manhattan Theatre Club's "The Assembled Parties"

Judith Light, Jake Silbermann, Jeremy Shamos, and Jessica Hecht

    Tonight, Tony Award® Winner Richard Greenberg’s new play The Assembled Parties opens at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City - it’s been in previews since March 21st and is scheduled to run through June 2nd.

The Assembled Parties welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly - or perhaps by design - insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble.

  The play is directed by Manhattan Theatre Club’s Artistic Director, Lynne Meadow, and the cast includes Tony and 2-time Emmy winner Judith Light, Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos, and Tony nominee Jessica Hecht.

Jessica Hecht’s other Broadway credits include The Last Night at of Ballyhoo, After the Fall, Julius Ceasar, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A View from the Bridge, and Harvey. Recent television credits include AMC’s Breaking Bad and HBO’s Bored to Death.

Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Peter Pan” at Proctors Theatre

The only thing more critic-proof than the musical “Peter Pan” is a production of “Peter Pan” starring Cathy Rigby. And you have them both at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady through Sunday.

This production is great for kids. It’s eye-appealing, the flying is exciting and the story about the virtues of never growing up is a message everyone wants to hear. Two, the youngsters will not notice the production looks tired with several mechanical portrays that are just good enough.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu April 11, 2013

BY Experience: Pioneers of Global Live Cinema Events

    BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie’s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 17 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally.

  Their broadcasts include - The Met: Live in HD series, the U.K.’s National Theatre Live series, the public radio shows This American Life – Live! with Ira Glass, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and the upcoming broadcast of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me; the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I’m With You, The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax and much more! BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to 2,000 movie screens - including many in the WAMC listening area.

Their newest project is EXHIBITION: Great Art On Screen - The eagerly awaited exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Manet: Portraying Life premiers in cinemas worldwide today.

BY Experience was founded and is run by Julie and Robert Borchard-Young. Julie joins us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Will Rogers - Signature Theatre's production of "The Mound Builders"

Zachary Booth and Will Rogers in "The Mound Builders" at Signature Theatre
Credit Richard Termine

Signature Theatre in New York City champions in-depth explorations of a playwright’s body of work, and delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. They are currently producing Lanford Wilson’s The Mound Builders, directed by Jo Bonney. It is scheduled to run through April 14th.

In the play, a team of archeologists descends on an Illinois town to unearth the mysteries of the Mound Builders. As they excavate the remains of this Native American civilization, they confront powerful and dangerous forces of ambition and legacy.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 18, 2013

RPI Community Advocates and the Pride Center present "8" in Troy

    The play "8" is written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black and is based on interviews and transcripts from the Prop 8 trial in California after marriage equality opponents succeeded in having cameras barred from the courtroom. It is made up of interviews, news reports and court transcripts and highlights the main points which led to the court finding Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

In conjunction with RPI Community Advocates and the Pride Center, a staged reading of the play will take place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm.

Joining to tell us more, we welcome Aaron Holbritter - the shows director, Isaac Newberry as plaintiff Paul Katami and Gary Maggio as Chief Judge Vaugn Walker.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon March 18, 2013

The Rosendale Theatre Collective Open House

    First opened as a movie theater in February of 1949, the historic Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale, NY was bought by the non-profit organization, The Rosendale Theatre Collective, in August of 2013.

Thanks to support from the community, The Rosendale Theatre Collective reached a fund-raising goal and has been running the theatre since.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Bob Goepfert - “Five Guys Named Moe” at Cohoes Music Hall

“Five Guys Named Moe” is a trifle but what a delicious trifle.  The musical playing at Cohoes Music Hall through March 17 is a delicious piece of entertainment.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Schenectady Civic Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s "A Woman in Mind"

    Tonight the Schenectady Civic Players open a production of Alan Ayckbourn’s A Woman in Mind.

After stepping on the tooth end of a garden rake, Susan experiences hilarious hallucinations in which her boring and oppressive everyday life is replaced by a fantasy. Now she is the ideal wife with the ideal family! But is this really bliss or has she merely let her sanity lapse? A brilliant and biting black comedy from Britian's comedy genius.

The play explores what is real and what is not, and how we need both to survive. Cast member Amy Lane and Jeremy Clowe join us to tell us more.

Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Half Moon Theatre presents "Good People"

Credit Jennifer Kiaba

  Good People by David Lindsay Abaire is a powerful, often funny glimpse into the lives of a colorful tribe of Southie locales. When Margie loses her job at the Dollar Store, her friends convince her to look up her old high school boyfriend Mikey, who “made good” and left the neighborhood to become a doctor. Margie visits Mikey to see if he might help her find a job, but it soon becomes clear that their relationship is complicated.

Half Moon Theatre presents Good People at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center Theatre, on Vassar Street in Poughkeepsie, NY March 15-24, 2013.

We are joined by the show’s director, Paul Kassel and actors, Amy Lemon Olson (who plays Margie) and Michael Rhodes (who plays Mike).

Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Single Girls Guide at CapRep

Credit Joe Schuyler

    The World Premiere of the new musical, Single Girls Guide, is running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY through March 30th.

Inspired by Jane’s Austen’s Emma - the show is flush with fun songs and features movie send-ups of 1960 PSAs.

It’s 1966 Manhattan and newspaper columnist Emma Woodhouse writes a column she inherited from an older, now deceased, woman. Emma is still single and about to turn 30. In a Helen Gurley Brown inspired move, Emma recruits a ‘Single Girl’ from Rhode Island and vows to overhaul her life.

The music and lyrics are by Tommy Newman and the production is directed its book-writer, Gordon Greenberg who join us.

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