THEATER REVIEW: “How To Pray” @ Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

September 20th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
Susan Slotoroff as Faith and Morgan Hooper as Lover in Michelle Carter’s “How to Pray” (photo: John Sowle)

Susan Slotoroff as Faith and Morgan Hooper as Lover in Michelle Carter’s “How to Pray” (photo: John Sowle)

Review by Macey Levin

How to Pray by Michelle Carter is a quirky and sweet play with several provocative propositions. It is receiving a tight and well-tuned production at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill through Sunday, September 24.

Faith (Susan Slotoroff) has reluctantly agreed to be a surrogate mother for her brother and sister-in-law. They, however, have agreed to divorce and neither one wants the baby. Unwed and struggling with emotional conflicts, she is confronted by the obvious choices… does she keep the baby or put it up for adoption? Does she really want to be a single mom? What about her life? Who has the answers? As a last resort she tries to pray but she’s never known how or to whom. The play follows her hunt for help and understanding.

Through her search she confronts Frank, a ninety-year-old cancer patient, who may or may not be her father; she commiserates with Judi, a pre-op transsexual drag queen chanteuse. She also has an affair with a recently embittered divorced man who can see his young son every other week. There are others with whom she meets that either empathize with her or make things more confusing.

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COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements

September 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

By Greg Haymes

Terrific Texas troubadour James McMurtry is slated to make a return to the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy at 8pm on Saturday, October 28. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $20.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Egg in Albany is hosting a Performing Arts Showcase featuring the Suitcase Junket, Vanaver Caravan, Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native and more. And admission is FREE.

Veteran folk–rock duo Aztec Two-Step will celebrate the release of Naked (their first album of all-original material since 2004) with a concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 14. Tickets are $28 in advance; $30 at the door; $50 Gold Circle.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is bringing his Passively Aggressive Tour to Albany’s Times Union Center. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday (September 25).

Colony in Woodstock has bolstered its upcoming performance schedule with a big batch of new shows including College of St. Rose alum Sylvia Bullett at 8pm on Sunday, September 24 ($20); Sloan Wainwright with Jude Roberts at 8pm on Saturday, September 30 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); big-buzz comedian Chris Gethard at 9pm on Saturday, October 14 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door); Daddy Long Legs at 8pm on Saturday, October 28 ($12); Terry Reid & the Derelicts with Jennifer Maidman at 8pm on Friday, November 17 ($12 in advance; $15 at the door); red-hot rockabilly cat Robert Gordon at 8pm on Saturday, November 18 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams at 8pm on Saturday, December 2 ($35 in advance; $40 at the door); Robbie Dupree & Friends at 8pm on Sunday, December 10 ($20 in advance; $25 at the door); and Ian Felice at 8pm on Friday, December 22 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: They Might Be Giants are returning to The Egg with their show, “Science, Kids & Beyond.” Tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday (September 22).

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Cohoes Music Hall Announces Another New Concert

September 20th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

They’ve racked up five Grammy Awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Award. Now veteran gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama bring their special holiday tour to the Cohoes Music Hall at 8pm on Saturday, December 9, performing songs from their Christmas albums, Talkin’ Christmas! and Go Tell It on the Mountain, in addition to the Blind Boys’ gospel classics.

The Gospel Music Hall of Famers have recorded with Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Susan Tedeschi, Tom Waits, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper, Taj Mahal, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and many other great artists. The band has also been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “60 Minutes” and “The Colbert Report” in addition to co-starring in the Broadway musical “The Gospel at Colonus” with Morgan Freeman.

Tickets for their Cohoes concert are priced at $37.50, $42.50 & $52.50 and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 22).

Two More New Concerts Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Shows

Two More New Concerts Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

September 20th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has added a pair of new concerts to its spring season of shows. Tickets for the new concerts will be available exclusively to Music Hall members beginning at 10am today (Wednesday, September 20) and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 22).

Here are the details regarding the new concerts:

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Cohoes Music Hall Announces New Shows

September 20th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

Comedy comes to Cohoes in a big way as the Comedy Works has announced that three new stand-up comedy shows have been booked for the Cohoes Music Hall’s fall season.

Tickets for each of the newly announced shows will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 22), priced at $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Here are the details for Cohoes Music Hall’s upcoming comedy shows:

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9/20/17: Today’s Top Tips: Wednesday

September 20th, 2017, 7:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Matthew Sweet @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Best known for his 1991 breakthrough album, Girlfriend, the veteran power-pop-rock singer-songwriter revels in the harmonies of the Beatles, the psychedelic jangly guitar of the Byrds and the moody poeticism of the Doors. He lands in Hudson with his band in support of his new 17-song double-album, Tomorrow Forever. With Tommy Keene. 8pm. $30 & $45.

MUSIC: The Pixies @ Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall, Northampton. Black Francis leads the veteran (and highly influential) alt-rockers. 8pm. $49.50.

MUSIC: Company of Thieves @ Jupiter Hall, Guilderland. Yes, they’re back, and their bringing their reunion tour to the shopping mall. With Talia Denis and Lucy. 8pm. $15.

THEATER: “Kunstler” @ Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, Pittsfield. Jeff McCarthy stars in Jeffrey Sweet’s play about radical lawyer and civil rights activist William Kunstler. 7:30pm. Through Sunday, September 24. GO HERE to read review…

MUSIC: Hayes Carll @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Named Musician of the Year at the Austin Music Awards earlier this year, he rolls into town in support of his latest album, Lovers and Leavers. With Curtis McMurtry in support of his sophomore album, The Hornet’s Nest. (And, yes, he’s James McMurtry’s son.). 7pm. $25.

MUSIC: Hot Club of Saratoga @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany. Gypsy jazz swing sounds. 5:30pm. FREE.

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LIVE: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/15/17 (Day One)

September 19th, 2017, 4:00 pm by Greg
Railroad Earth

Railroad Earth

Photographs by Anthony Tassarotti

There was a great batch of music lined-up up to kick off the seventh annual FreshGrass festival last weekend. Railroad Earth, the Brothers Comatose, the Lil Smokies, the Last Revel and the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow each grabbed their moment in the spotlight at the various stages – both indoors and out at MASS MoCA’s sprawling North Adams campus – to live up to the fest’s slogan, “Great Music Uprooted.”

But it was the fest’s opener – the mega-taltented, multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Sarah Jarosz – who may have arguably been the highlight of the Day One festivities, as she launched into the world premiere of “Blue Heron Suite,” a new song cycle comissioned by FreshGrass and inspired by the symbol of peace, patience and strength that the Great Blue Heron has represented to Jarosz and her family during their travels to the Texas coast.

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LIVE: Super 400 @ Troy Pig Out, 7/15/17

September 19th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

Super 400

Photographs by Stan Johnson

Greater Nippertown’s premier power trio Super 400 were among the bands providing the free entertainment at the tenth annual Troy Pig Out, along with Legacy, Rechorduroys, the Bryan Brundige Collective and M.R. Poulopoulos.

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