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Jan McInnis
Jan McInnis

Comedy for Baby Boomers in Clayton

Family, kids, work and aging are all fair game at the Clayton Opera House tonight (7:30). Jan McInnis and Kent Rader will host an evening of Baby Boomer Comedy. The show advertises itself as a "clean, fun night." Both in their 50's, Jan says she and Kent cover all the topics common to their generation.

Todd Moe spoke with Jan McInnis, who began her career in the corporate world before turning to comedy. She's been a full time comedian for more than 16 years.  Go to full article

Shoelaces tie together hopes, fears and dancing

Participants in a series of dance workshops tomorrow and Saturday will help create the mood for a final dance concert Saturday night in Potsdam. The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has invited the Sasha Soreff Dance Theater to bring their interactive dance piece, titled "The Shoelace Project," to the North Country this weekend.

Director Sasha Soreff told Todd Moe that audiences will participate by writing their hopes and fears on wide shoelaces before the show, and during the performance the company's dancers will use the shoelaces and translate the thoughts into movement. She says the workshops will be open to people of all abilities.  Go to full article
The interior of the Strand Theater
The interior of the Strand Theater

Two downtown spaces bring art to Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh is a city in transition. There's a lot of effort to attract new families and businesses and rebrand the lakeside city as a destination. As Sarah Harris reports, a key part of that revitalization means bringing the downtown back to life and building the arts scene.  Go to full article
A scene from the SUNY Potsdam production of <i>Marat/Sade</i>.  (ph: Alexis Foster)
A scene from the SUNY Potsdam production of Marat/Sade. (ph: Alexis Foster)

"Marat/Sade", a play-within-a-play at SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Potsdam's Department of Theatre and Dance will present the play Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss this week. The show opens in the College Theater in Satterlee Hall tonight at 7:30 pm. Marat/Sade is set in a French insane asylum in the early 19th century. The characters are the inmates in that asylum who also become the actors in the Marquis de Sade's play.

The play-within-a play takes place during the turmoil of the French Revolution, as seen through the eyes of de Sade. It dramatizes a debate between de Sade, the staunch defender of the old regime, and Jean-Paul Marat, the radical advocate of revolutionary change. Written in 1963, and long associated with the upheavals of that decade, director Don Mandigo told Todd Moe that Marat/Sade is ever more resonant in 2012.

Note: this show is not recommended for young children.  Go to full article
The cast of <i>The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden</i>: Kirsten Lomnitzer, Maryann Sauro, Mike Corey and Daniel Dunbar.
The cast of The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden: Kirsten Lomnitzer, Maryann Sauro, Mike Corey and Daniel Dunbar.

A weekend of Thornton Wilder in North Creek

We'll preview a weekend of plays by Thornton Wilder at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek. The Our Town Theatre Group's winter production is actually a trio of short plays by Wilder that help define who we are as Americans and family identity. Todd Moe talks with director Lindsey Gates about the "Wilder Weekend" in North Creek.  Go to full article
 Libby Brandt and Carole Berard play sisters in <i>The New York Idea</i> in Canton this week.
Libby Brandt and Carole Berard play sisters in The New York Idea in Canton this week.

Preview: "The New York Idea" in Canton

The Grasse River Players' winter production of The New York Idea opens in Canton Thursday night as part of the annual Winterfest. Todd Moe talks with Libby Brandt and Carole Berard, two long-time members of Canton's community theater group, about the show.

The drawing room comedy was a Broadway hit back in 1906. It's been updated for modern ears by David Auburn. The play offers a slice of Manhattan's upper crust and tackles social change and those who can and cannot adapt. Carole and Libby talk with Todd about the joys of community theater and this latest production, starting with the play's opening scene.  Go to full article
Photo: Peter Puna
Photo: Peter Puna

"Blood on the Moon" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

Blood on the Moon is running at GCTC in Ottawa through February 5. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng has this commentary.  Go to full article
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.
Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt, the writers and stars of 2 Pianos 4 Hands. Photo courtesy of Canada's National Arts Centre.

Review: "2 Pianos, 4 Hands" in Ottawa

The Canadian play, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, has played on five continents and in more than 150 cities since it first opened 15 years ago. Its success worldwide is due to its universal themes of dreams and discipline.

The set consists of two grand pianos, and the cast is just two actors. It's a simple show, ostensibly about piano lessons, that's moving, profound and lots of fun. It was written and first performed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, both brilliant actors and pianists. They're back on stage at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this month for the farewell tour.

2 Pianos, 4 Hands continues through Saturday, January 28th at the National Arts Centre's English Theatre. NCPR's resident theater critic Connie Meng and Todd Moe share a review of the show.  Go to full article
Kathleen Recchia as Emily Dickinson.
Kathleen Recchia as Emily Dickinson.

Preview: "The Belle of Amherst" in Saranac Lake

William Luce's one-woman play celebrating the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst, will be presented in a special performance benefiting residents of the Town of Jay who experienced the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Irene this summer. The one-woman show will be performed Saturday night (7 pm) at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe talks with Jay actress Kathleen Recchia, who reprises her role as Dickinson for this special performance, about the show and clean-up efforts that still continue this month.  Go to full article
Arnie Malina
Arnie Malina

Flynn Center's artistic director retiring

Flynn Center artistic director Arnie Malina is retiring early next year. Malina leaves a 15-year career at the Flynn in Burlington and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and an artistic vision spanning popular, experimental and international work. Malina came to the Flynn in 1997 after many years of running the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts in Helena, Montana.

Although he officially retires at the end of January, Malina will continue to consult with the Flynn through next summer. Todd Moe talks with him about the joys and challenges as performing arts curator.  Go to full article

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