Bubble Up with Suds’ Socko Songlist

The musical numbers do the talking in Cortland Repertory Theater’s ‘Suds’

The always-popular musical-revue genre relies on barely-there plot structures in order for the selected songs to carry the show. And plots don’t get much simpler than the gimmick that drives Suds, which closes the summer season at Cortland Repertory Theater.

Tasty Terror on Sweeney Todd’s Plate

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s Sweeny Todd scares and excites

At the close of Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s production of Sweeney Todd, the stage has been littered with more corpses than in that other famous tale of revenge, Hamlet. But composer Stephen Sondheim, in recounting the story of the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” gives us not catharsis, just pure enjoyment.

Something for Everyone

Stage critic James MacKillop previews a season filled with new surprises and cherished favorites

Among the wide-open slate of local theater attractions, the holiday run of Peter Pan looms as the biggest box-office magnet, but now you can see the adult prequel Peter and the Starcatcher as a chaser. Usually we don’t see any Greek drama, but this year we’ll have Agamemnon, Medea and Eurydice, the latter two in modern dress. There will be three never-seen-before musicals, including Matilda, Big Fish and Triassic Parq, and an original opera, Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied, about the longest-held American prisoner in the Vietnam War. And one Syracuse Stage play comes with a title that will be published in the Syracuse New Times but probably nowhere else.

Keeping the Faith

“Miracle on South Division Street” brings the laughs at Cortland’s Repertory Theatre

Sandwiched into Cortland Repertory Theatre’s summer season of big-time musicals and spoofs is the regional premiere of the gentle slice-of-life comedy of Miracle on South Division Street, which concerns a long-ago divine sighting that has defined the lives of a devout Roman Catholic family.

Show Stoppers

A can-do Candide highlights this summer’s Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown

The two more adventuresome productions at Cooperstown’s Glimmerglass Festival this summer are the North American premiere of Antonio Vivaldi’s Cato in Utica (1737) and Leonard Bernstein’s legendary flop Candide (1956).

Merry-Go-Round Boogies Down

Merry-Go-Round’s ‘Saturday Night Fever’ boasts high energy and tempo

Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse scores a coup with its world premiere of Saturday Night Fever, in a new North American production from author Sean Cercone and lyricist David Abbinanti that runs through Aug. 12.

Sleuth Spoof at Cortland Rep

Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror delivers at the Cortland Repertory Theatre

Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror, running through Saturday, Aug. 5, at Cortland Repertory Theatre, is based on a best-selling 1976 novel by Nicholas Meyer. Not content with the four novels and 56 short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle, Meyer and other writers of “pastiche” novels have added some Holmes mysteries of their own to the canon.

Pyramid Schemes Rock Egypt

The Central New York Playhouse brings Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” to life

Central New York Playhouse continues its summertime tradition of mounting ambitious musicals (such as Reefer Madness and Catch Me If You Can) with this year’s splashy rock opera Aida. Make that Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, which is so much a creation on its own that it has its own title.

A Holmes Run at Hangar

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre makes audiences howl with laughter with “The Hound of the Baskervilles” running through saturday, July 25

Don't expect thrills, chills and horror from The Hound of the Baskervilles, currently at Ithaca's Hangar Theatre — just non-stop hilarity for two gleeful hours.

Hip-Hip-Hooray for “Hair”’s Happy Hippies

Covey Theatre Company puts on “Hair” at the Mulroy Civic Center’s BeVard Studio

Of all the theatrical milestones of the last half-century, composer Galt MacDermot’s Hair (subtitled “the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical“) is the most malleable. It has to begin with the clarion “Age of Aquarius,” trumpeted here gloriously by Gabrielle Gorman, and it has to climax with the anthem-like “Let the Sunshine In.”