theater

Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia At The Mahaiwe

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's "Frederick"

Founded in 1972, The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia is a touring children’s theatre whose productions incorporate whimsical puppets. The company has a global audience, having performed for over four million spectators on four continents.

They will perform their stage adaptation of Leo Lionni’s exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch By Inch on Sunday, January 26th at 2pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA.

Swimmy is a tiny fish who uses ingenuity to fend off danger; Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience; and the third story is about a lovable inchworm who shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. The show features an assortment of innovative puppetry styles and imaginative lighting techniques.

Jim Morrow is Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s Artistic Director, a position he has held since 1991.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Schenectady Civic Players Present "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure"

    The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer Irene Adler. With Dr. Watson at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler - and in doing so marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, Professor Moriarty.

Schenectady Civic Players presents Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure - a spirited, fast-moving adaptation by Steven Dietz, directed by Aaron Holbritter – who joins us now along with his Holmes: Tom Templeton and Irene Adler, Erin Waterhouse.

Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Good People"

LATHAM – David Lindsay-Abaire is the best playwright you’ve probably never heard of.  And, his ”Good People,” is likely the best play you never heard of.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed January 15, 2014

War Horse Gallops Onto The Mainstage At Proctors

    The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse gallops onto the mainstage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY tonight at 7:30.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse is a moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry.

As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.

Read more
Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan"

    Bedlam Theatre in New York City that is currently producing two shows - played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays. These two large-cast shows are each played with a company of four - and not only four, but the same four actors in both plays.

Eric Tucker is the the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre. He plays Hamlet and a few other roles in their production of Hamlet, numerous characters in Saint Joan, and directed both productions. Bedlam’s Producing Director, Andrus Nichols, plays Joan in Saint Joan and numerous characters in Hamlet - including Gertrude, Ophelia, Guildenstern, the Player King, and the Gravedigger.

Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience - they create theatre in a flexible, raw space - and the audience is always included in their productions.

Eric Tucker joins us to tell us more - he has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project and has worked with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA - including working with Tina Packer on Women of Will.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu January 2, 2014

"Bronx Bombers" Begins Previews Next Week

Illustration by Mark Ulriksen

    Bronx Bombers is a new play from the team behind Broadway's Lombardi that follows beloved icon Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen through a century of the team's trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee greats together on one stage.

The show - written and directed by Eric Simonson - begins previews at Circle In The Square Theatre in New York City next week with Peter Scolari in the role of Yogi Berra and his real-life wife, Tracy Shayne, as Yogi’s wife, Carmen, with other accomplished actors portraying Reggie Jackson, Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter, and other iconic Pinstripers.

Bronx Bombers is an original project conceived and commissioned by Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo. Together they bring new, original plays to the stage combining the drama of sports and entertainment through Kirmser Ponturo Group. Lombardi and Magic/Bird were the first two productions in the series - Bronx Bombers is the third.

Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Plaid Tidings"

Fellow cynics beware the production of “Plaid Tidings” playing at Cohoes Music Hall through Sunday.  It’s like being trapped in an elevator that has an endless loop of music that plays every holiday song ever written.

Read more
Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Sheryl Kaller Directs "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many" For Roundabout Underground

Rebecca Henderson as Emma & Phyllis Somerville as Rose in 'Too Much, Too Much, Too Many
Credit Joan Marcus

  Following the death of her husband, Rose locks herself in her bedroom for the better part of a year, leaving her daughter Emma to care for her through the closed door. When the church sends a pastor to help coax Rose out of her room, he soon finds that Rose is not the only one using barriers to hide her true feelings.

This is the plot of Too Much, Too Much, Too Many - a new play by Meghan Kennedy that is currently being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground - a program that showcases new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to their creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director.

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many is directed by Sheryl Kaller, the Tony nominated director of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many theaters including Primary Stages, Williamstown Theater Festival, and New York Stage and Film. She has directed and developed new plays and musicals with writers including Christopher Durang, David Henry Hwang, Nick Blaemire, Billy Porter, Alan Menken, and many others.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Actor Michael Zegen In "Bad Jews"

Molly Ranson, Tracee Chimo, and Michael Zegen in "Bad Jews"
Credit Joan Marcus

The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground program gives productions to emerging playwrights. Last year, they had a hit with Bad Jews - a play by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.

The show did so well in their 62-seat Black Box Theatre, in fact, that they brought it back to run in the Laura Pels Theatre (their bigger-small space) as part of their season this year - where it continues to earn excellent reviews and enthusiastic response from audiences.

In the play a young Jewish woman, Diana (played by Tracee Chimo, she prefers to be called by her Hebrew name, Daphna) fights with her cousin, Liam, to get a religious relic left behind by their recently deceased grandfather - who had kept it safe during his years in a concentration camp by holding it beneath his tongue. Liam’s brother (Jonah, played by Philip Ettinger) and girlfriend (Melody, played by Molly Ranson) observe and reluctantly weigh-in as Daphna and Liam argue and insult-sling as only family can.

Michael Zegen plays Liam in Bad Jews. Zegen attended Skidmore College and his other Off-Broadway credits include Liz Meriwether’s Oliver Parker! and Greg Moss’ punkplay. On television he’s been featured in recurring roles on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America, Rescue Me, and he’ll appear in the upcoming season of the HBO hit, Girls. His film credits include Adventureland, Taking Woodstock, and Frances Ha.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon December 2, 2013

"A Christmas Carol" At CapRep

 In Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - five actors portray over 20 characters.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitations is re-imagined with a fresh new physicality, the highly theatrical, sometimes comic, ultimately moving adaptation is sure to brighten up your holidays!

The show is currently running at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY and stars our friend, Kevin McGuire as “Mr. Bah-Humbug” himself, Ebenezer Scrooge.

Pages