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Stepping Out’s Dance Fever

Stepping Out boasts nine roles for women and one for a man

It’s something we’re not supposed to say out loud but, even worse, should not be put in print: Most university drama departments are oversupplied with female talent.



Cortland Rep’s Breezy Summer 2015 Slate

Cortland Repertory Theatre’s 2015 Season

Light fare is on the summertime menu for Cortland Repertory Theatre’s 2015 spritzy sixpack of selections, with nary a naval-gazing dramarama in sight.



Doubt’s Provocative Church Chat

(Review) Salt City Center for the Performing Arts presents: Doubt

John Patrick Shanley’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt is one of those rare plays where the mystery is not supposed to be solved. That’s why people who see different productions compare notes and think they have seen different dramas entirely.



Tripping the Lightcap Fantastic

Stage critic James MacKillop recalls the legacy of the late Christine Lightcap, the pioneering impresario of local theater

In the early 1980s Christine Lightcap was singing the role of Nancy in a Landmark Theatre Wing production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver. Getting into her big number, “As Long As He Needs Me,” Lightcap leaned against the proscenium, putting her hand behind her. At that moment a brick came loose from the column in the 1928 former movie palace.



Christine Lightcap (Photo Gallery)

by Staff

The First Lady of Syracuse Theater

Photos of Christine Lightcap and The Talent Company. (Syracuse New Times Archives)



Lincoln’s Blood: Dead Reckonings

(Review) Covey Theatre Company’s Lincoln’s Blood

There has been pent-up audience anticipation for Garrett Heater’s new play Lincoln’s Blood that fledgling playwrights die for. His previous works, including Lizzie Borden Took an Axe (2010), The Romanovs (2011) and Playing God (2012), have all been box office hits for Covey Theatre Company.



When Wedding Nights Get Wacky

Onondaga Hillplayers’ dinner theater production of Suitehearts

In recent years producer Jack Skillman’s venerable Onondaga Hillplayers troupe has specialized in a theatrical oxymoron: the family-friendly sex comedy. This is when the situation sounds naughty, even French, but what you see never flouts community standards. That’s because the new production, Suitehearts, an area premiere, is from William Van Zant and Jane Milmore, the king and queen of New Jersey dinner theater. When a virginal bride is seen walking around in her slip on her wedding night, she’s still wearing a pink sweater underneath.



2014 SALT Award Photo Gallery

2014 SALT Awards Photo Gallery

A collection of photos from the 2014 SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) at Syracuse Stage on Oct. 26.



Rita Worlock’s Dress

by Staff

Pick your favorite dress to support the Vera House!

Vote for your favorite gown worn by Rita Worlock at the 2014 SALT Awards (Syracuse Area Live Theater) below. If we reach 100 votes or more, Rita Worlock will donate $100 to Vera House! Look at the selections below, then place your vote at the bottom of the page.



Drafters Tackles Unnecessary Roughness

Drafters concerns a semipro football team called the Syracuse Stallions.

Ryan Hope Travis, head of the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, has been transforming the community-based outfit since he took over last year. The Syracuse-specific original stage work Drafters allows us to see the new energy and new faces he is bringing to the fare. For his fast-moving 90-minute script, gender roles and sexual harassment dominate the raucous locker-room talk of a dozen players. Not all the cast is African-American, and the words “race” and “color” are never mentioned. “Wegmans” and “Nottingham High School,” however, are heard.