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Witty Wopat Wows with Will Rogers Follies

(REVIEW) The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review

As a folksy but astute humorist, Will Rogers lies between Mark Twain and Garrison Keillor, but was far bigger in his heyday than either. Yes, Rogers in his lifetime was bigger than Twain. When he died in a plane crash in 1935, an event ominously foreshadowed often in The Will Rogers Follies, an otherwise sunny tribute show at Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, the entire country came to a mournful halt.



Cash and Carry at Cortland Repertory

(REVIEW) Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at CRT

Two parallel, life-size steel rails atop wooden ties sprawl across scenic designer Jason Bolen’s atmospheric set and are thrust out into the Cortland Repertory Theatre audience for Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. We often hear the far-off call of old-fashioned steam locomotives, since this is a show about traveling and loneliness. But it is also about speed: Ring of Fire gets right into the music and squeezes 32 songs in less than two hours with an intermission.



Appleseed Takes the A-Twain

(REVIEW) Appleseed Productions’ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

It’s a book every American knows, but most people misquote the title. It should be The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Appleseed Productions artistic director C.J. Young has seized upon the word “adventures” and run with it. The production breaks with years of tradition, includes intervals of music and dance, and delivers plenty of, well, adventure.



Connective Corridor to get Arts and Culture Kiosks

Motion-controlled kiosks will be installed in the city.

Software developers and Connective Corridor planners gathered in a downtown Syracuse office recently for a demonstration of new, motion-controlled arts and culture kiosks that will be installed in the city.



Getting Real with Bill Maher

In a world full of fabrication and Photoshop, satirist Bill Maher has built a career out of honesty.

In a world full of fabrication and Photoshop, satirist Bill Maher has built a career out of honesty.



Towers of Power in The Guys 9/11 Drama

James MacKillop Reviews

Despite the plural in the title of Anne Nelson’s two-character, 80-minute play The Guys, we see only one man on stage: Nick Flanagan (played by Nathan Faudree) of the New York City Fire Department. A few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, catastrophe he meets with an experienced journalist, Joan (JoAnne Rougeux), to craft a eulogy for eight of his comrades, out of the 350 who had been obliterated in the World Trade Center collapse.



Seasoned Greetings

James MacKillop previews the hefty stage calendar, with plenty of new productions to go with some classic chestnuts

There will be more area premieres than in any recent season, as well as four world premieres of completely original dramas. Expect a flush of Tony and Pulitzer winners, including Other Desert Cities and Clybourne Park, previously unseen musicals like The Book of Mormon, Young Frankenstein, A Man of No Importance and The Color Purple and two new plays on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. All these plus The Vibrator Play.



Schoolhouse Rock at the Redhouse

“Education is embedded into everything we do”

Three years ago, Redhouse Education Director Marguerite Mitchell was approached by a social worker thrilled that Rock Camp was being offered. One of the social worker’s clients was interested in making music but was failing classes. Mitchell gave the difficult student a scholarship to attend the camp.



Family Matters in Cortland Rep’s Making God Laugh

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

It might have been Woody Allen, or maybe it was Albert Einstein, who said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” When playwright Sean Grennan uses the line for his 2011 comedy Making God Laugh, he’s signaling that what people project in the first act is just not going to work out during more than two hours of stage time.



Cuse Comedy Showcase

by Staff

Comedians compete for cash prizes.

The Central New York Playhouse, now in year two at it's home in Shoppingtown Mall, produces a variety of entertainment outside of the regularly scheduled season of musicals and dramas. In their latest effort to provide "a venue uniquely dedicated to local performers and theatrical entertainment" CNYP presents the new "Cuse Comedy Showcase," where comedians from Central and Upstate New York will compete for cash prizes.