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A portrait of Carolyn Hetherington's mother, Gwen.  Photo: Thousand Islands Playhouse
A portrait of Carolyn Hetherington's mother, Gwen. Photo: Thousand Islands Playhouse

Preview: "Women Who Shout at the Stars"

Renowned Canadian actor Carolyn Hetherington will bring the story of the two women who dramatically influenced her life to the stage at the Thousand Islands Playhouse Firehall Theatre in Gananoque, Ontario. Women who Shout at the Stars opens tonight at 7:30 and continues through November 4th.

Hetherington told Todd Moe that she wrote and performs three different characters in the play -- her dramatic mother, devoted nanny and herself.  Go to full article
<i>The Player's Advice to Shakespeare</i> is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Prescott.
The Player's Advice to Shakespeare is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Prescott.

Preview: "The Player's Advice to Shakespeare" in Prescott

Canadian actor Greg Kramer has been getting rave reviews for his performance in the one-man show, The Player's Advice to Shakespeare. It'll be performed Friday and Saturday night in Prescott, Ontario, presented by the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. It's been nominated for two Capital Critics Circle awards -- Best Actor and Best Director -- for the best in theatre on stages in the Ottawa area.

Kramer plays one of Shakespeare's actors, imprisoned in the Tower of London, who has some advice for the Bard. But he'd better hurry, because he's been handed a death sentence. Todd Moe talks with Greg Kramer who says the show is a passionate, and at times humorous, plea for theatre.  Go to full article
Clarke and Barbara Dunham have created miniature worlds, using model trains and tiny dioramas.  (Photo:  Andy Flynn)
Clarke and Barbara Dunham have created miniature worlds, using model trains and tiny dioramas. (Photo: Andy Flynn)

An imaginary world made of model trains

As we've been hearing, trains have become a flashpoint for debate in the Adirondacks. But in Pottersville, in Warren County, a Broadway set designer has opened the Adirondack Park's newest tourist attraction devoted entirely to model trains.

There's no controversy here. Just dozens of tiny trolleys, steam engines and locomotives, each surrounded by its own tiny world, sort of a Disneyland in miniature.

Clarke and Barbara Dunham brought "Railroads on Parade" to the North Country last year, after exhibiting it for years in New York City.  Go to full article
Susan Stein plays Etty Hillesum. Photo: Ricardo Barros
Susan Stein plays Etty Hillesum. Photo: Ricardo Barros

Preview: "Etty" in Morristown

Actor/writer Susan Stein combed through the diary and letters of Etty Hillesum, a Jewish student who lived in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War Two, and her one-woman play Etty is based on those diaries.

Stein will perform the play at St. John the Evangelist Church in Morristown on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Preview: "Beauty and the Beast" in Potsdam

The stage version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast opens next Tuesday night at SUNY Potsdam. Dress rehearsals for the show are underway this weekend. Todd Moe checks on the production with director Chad Larabee, who says the show includes dozens of local actors and musicians.  Go to full article

Letting Shakespeare's plays speak for themselves

The Adirondack Shakespeare Company is back for their third annual Summer Festival Season in the region. But don't expect lavish costumes or sets. The company prides itself in presenting Shakespeare "in the raw", without the need for traditional sets and props.

Todd Moe spoke with artistic director Tara Bradway, who is also one of the twelve actors in the company. This summer, they'll perform The Twelve Labors of Hercules, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.  Go to full article
The historic Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.
The historic Sunday Rock is a landmark along Route 56 in South Colton.

Musical pays tribute to Colton's history and legendary rock

A locally written musical gets a 20th anniversary remake on Colton-Pierrepont Central School's stage this week. Sunday Rock - the Folk Musical was written by Colton resident Evelyn Riehl, who wanted to pay tribute to the town's history and people. Named for the glacial boulder - Sunday Rock - that sits along Route 56 in South Colton, the show is the story of the people who lived in the rough-and-tumble wilderness and townsfolk a hundred years ago. It opens Wednesday night.

Todd Moe spoke with writer/composer Evelyn Riehl and her son, Bill, about the musical, the town and the big rock that many locals say still separates the woods from the world.  Go to full article
Queen Titania, the fairies, and Bottom - with his donkey's head - in <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream</i>.
Queen Titania, the fairies, and Bottom - with his donkey's head - in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A decade of Shakespeare in Prescott

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its tenth summer season in Prescott, Ontario. The Kinsman amphitheater, along the waterfront, is home to the Festival. A decade ago, a small group of actors brought a production of Romeo and Juliet to Prescott, and it proved to be a success. It's now the largest outdoor professional Shakespeare festival in Ontario, attracts some of the best talent and features two plays as well as an educational program for aspiring actors.

Todd Moe heads down to the waterfront for a conversation with artistic director Ian Farthing and some of the actors for their thoughts on this year's productions of Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Go to full article

Preview: ATF's summer theatre season in Glens Falls

The Adirondack Theatre Festival's summer season in Glens Falls starts this week with A.R. Gurney's Black Tie. The show opens with a matinee on Wednesday afternoon. Todd Moe talks with ATF artistic director Mark Fleischer about the 18th season, which includes Gurney's comedy set on the shores of Lake George, an award-winning Broadway musical and a tribute to Woody Guthrie.  Go to full article
NCPR theater critic Connie Meng
NCPR theater critic Connie Meng

Pleasant surprises on Broadway

NCPR's resident theater critic Connie Meng spends a lot of time on the road around the region during the theater season. Just before the Tony awards were announced last weekend, Connie was in New York City taking in some of the best music and drama that Broadway is offering this summer.

So, if you're visiting the city this season, Connie has some theater recommendations. Five of the Tony winners for acting were in the four shows she saw recently: Nice Work if You Can Get it, Peter and the Starcatcher, Other Desert Cities, and One Man, Two Guvnors.  Go to full article

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