Archive for the ‘Theater’ Category

Proctors Announces 2015-2016 Broadway Series

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
The cast of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

The cast of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

The Best Musical of 2014 will kick off Proctors’ upcoming Key Private Bank Broadway Series, as well as its national tour, in September. And two blockbuster musicals – “The Lion King” and “The Book of Mormon” – are returning for encore runs on the Schenectady stage.

Before a full house at Proctors’ Broadway Bash on Monday evening (March 23), it was announced that “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” 2014′s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, will launch the new season, followed by “Motown the Musical,” “Matilda the Musical,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” a month-long run of “The Lion King” and “Once.” In addition, the non-subscription shows, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and “The Book of Mormon,” were also announced.

Broadway Series subscription passes are currently on sale.

Here are the details of the eight newly announced shows headed to Proctors:

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Local Actors Guild of Saratoga Tackles Sexual Politics in Larry Kramer’s Drama “The Normal Heart” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart is the third production of the Local Actors Guild of Saratoga’s 2014-2015 season and will run from March 21-22 and 28-29. The Capital Region community theater in downtown Saratoga Springs is celebrating its ninth season under the leadership of Jeremy Buechner, Artistic Director. Jonathan Pate is directing the show at Saratoga Arts.

The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. It explores the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the epidemic to a city in denial.

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LIVE: FAQ Circus’ “Running” @ Gasholder Building, 2/21/15

Friday, March 13th, 2015

FAQ Circus

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Have you ever imagined starting a new life? FAQ Circus’ production of “Running” was an exploration into what it means to leave behind the familiar and explore the unknown. Running from the mundane to the cadence of mystery, every step a discovery beating the drum of possibility. Running towards an alternative reality, free to forge a new identity. Running wild…

Created and directed F.A.Q. co-founder and Round Lake native Aaron M. Marquise, the hour-long modern circus show combined acrobatics, theater and dance in the fabulously funky, circular and minimally heated Gasholder Building in Troy, for three performances during one of February’s legendary cold spells, but judging by the crowds, it was well worth braving the way-below-freezing temperatures.

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Three Resign Board Leadership in Continuing Drama at Shakespeare & Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Editorial by Larry Murray

An earlier article covers the news of Rick Dildine’s recent departure from Shakespeare & Company.

More changes. Following a meeting on Tuesday, Sarah Hancock, chairwoman of the board of trustees at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, resigned from her role as Chairman, but remains on the Board. Also resigning their position are Vice Chairwoman Claudia Perles who also remains a Board member, and Vice Chairman Charles Schader who has left the Board “for personal reasons.”

In a written statement, the company’s executive committee said that a new leadership team would be nominated during the next board meeting on March 30, and that team would “continue the company’s tradition of artistic excellence and community service. While we are sorry to see these persons leave their positions, changes like these happen from time to time in any organization, and it would be a mistake to interpret these departures as a sign that the company is in turmoil or in trouble. Neither is true,” the statement read. “In fact, the company’s financial status has greatly improved over the past years, it has an exciting season about to launch, ticket sales and enrollments in the company’s renowned training and education programs are both strong and the staff is actively engaged in making this season the great success it promises to be.”

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Ghent Playhouse Offers Jerry Herman’s Biggest Hits; Tom Detwiler Directs “Jerry’s Girls” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Jerry's Girls

By Larry Murray

The Ghent Playhouse presents Jerry’s Girls, a musical revue of Jerry Herman’s biggest Broadway hits. Tom Detwiler is directing the production with opening night set for 8pm tonight (Friday, March 13).

If the winter blues have you down, chase them away by seeing Jerry’s Girls, a lively revue of the best-loved show tunes by Jerry Herman, who has delighted Broadway audiences since 1961 with shows like Milk and Honey, Hello Dolly!, Mack & Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles, to name a few. In addition to the title songs from these shows, also hear favorites like “I Won’t Send Roses,” “Bosom Buddies,” “I Am What I Am,” “Whatever He Ain’t” and “It Only Takes a Moment.” The music, the costumes, the lights and the incredible talent on stage will have you humming and smiling as you leave the Playhouse.

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Tony Simotes Directs “When the Sky Falls” at the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
A staged reading of When the Sky Falls by Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker will be directed by Tony Simotes at the Unicorn March 13, 2015.

A staged reading of “When the Sky Falls” by Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker will be directed by Tony Simotes at the Unicorn on Friday.

Playwright Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker collaborates with renowned director Tony Simotes, former artistic director of Shakespeare and Company, on a staged reading of Ms. Sirker’s play based on her own experience of living through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans on Friday (March 13). When the Sky Falls was developed Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway and is the winner of MultiStages Theater’s New Works Contest and Epic Theater Center’s Sunshine Series and was a Lark Play Development Center Playwright’s Week Finalist. At the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on Friday, Tony Simotes directs a diverse cast of actors from Shakespeare and Company and New York City.

Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker’s When the Sky Falls has been described as a “poetic, surprisingly funny and at times brutal play that is a fantasia on the theme of security in America (Epic Theater Center).” Other critics have described it as “beautifully written,” “poignant and sharply satiric.” Anita Velez Mitchell, theater critic for New York City’s La Voz News, described it as being “among the classics that document [the] history [of Hurricane Katrina].”

Based on Ms. Sirker’s personal experience surviving Hurricane Katrina, When the Sky Falls follows a small neighborhood through the innocent days just before Katrina and the harrowing time after the sky fell. It is a story of surviving epic loss and our collective need for stories in doing so.

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Sharp-tongued Lonely Heart Meets Blind Date in “Skin Deep” from Town Players [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
The Cast of “Skin Deep” with the director, Kevin Paul Wixsom.

The cast of “Skin Deep” with director Kevin Paul Wixsom

By Larry Murray

The Town Players of Pittsfield continue their 94th season with a production of Jon Lonoff’s comedy, “Skin Deep,” directed by Kevin Paul Wixsom.

A large, lovable lonely heart named Maureen Mulligan (Monica Bliss) gives romance one last shot on a blind date with the amiable but awkward Joe Spinelli (Thomas Suski). She relies on sharp wit and wisecracks to cover her feelings and he can’t contain his eagerness which leaves him clumsy of manners and blunt in speech. But, they’re perfect for each other, even if they won’t admit it.

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

“Opera singer” Florence Foster Jenkins – the subject of Stephen Temperley’s warm-hearted comic play “Souvenir,” which is currently on the boards at Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre through Sunday, March 22 – tackles Mozart’s “Der Hölle Rache”…

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