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.”

Ghastly Guffaws for a Ghoulish Good Time

Cortland repertory Theatre shows their spooky side with the production of “The Addams Family”

From its origin, The Addams Family was a sophisticated series of one-panel cartoons in The New Yorker magazine. Their subtlety and nuance flew over the heads of rubes who didn’t always get the jokes. The 1960s black-and-white TV sitcom, followed by two color movies during the 1990s, nearly drowned cartoonist Charles Addams’ mordant wit with treacle.

Hill Cumorah Pageant Photo Gallery

Michael Davis visited the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, NY

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis photographed the Hill Cumorah Pageant, which takes place in Palmyra, NY. The Hill Cumorah Pageant, presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is an outdoor theatrical performance that takes place every July on the hillside of Cumorah. A cast of over 650 put on a grand show on a stage consisting of 10 levels and a state-of-the-art sound system. The outdoor space seats 9,000 and provides Spanish translation as well as American Sign Language interpretation.

Flower Power

Stage critic James MacKillop profiles the Covey Theatre Company, which mounts the hippie musical “Hair” starting Friday, July 10

Twenty-three Syracuse New Times Syracuse Area Live Theater (SALT) Awards in five years. Sold-out houses at community theater’s priciest venue, the BeVard Studio of the Mulroy Civic Center. Turn-away crowds not only for hot musicals like Rent or Avenue Q but also for subtle, cerebral original dramas like Playing God and The Romanovs.

Sex, Deutsch and Rock ’n’ Roll

Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre puts on the controversial musical Spring Awakening

Keith Richards famously observed, “Rock is music for the neck down.” Imperial Germany in 1891 was a society rapidly moving ahead scientifically and, intellectually, a nation that exalted the cranium. What lay below the neck was best not discussed, and when it was, it should be obedient and disciplined, tightened up and straightened.

Italian Dressing Sparks Sentimental Musical

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse brings a taste of Italy to Auburn with The Light in the Piazza.

Monastery by palazzo by piazza, Florence, Italy, packs in more sublime works of art than any other two square miles on earth. At Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, scenic designer David Arsenault’s gleaming marble-like set for The Light in the Piazza, dominated by a replica of Michelangelo’s David, flanked by white columns, reminds us of this.

History Comes Alive in Cortland Rep’s ’1776′

Cortland Repertory Theatre’s production of “1776″

The musical blockbuster Les Misérables and the venerable Sherman Edwards-Peter Stone patriotic musical 1776 are not often spoken of the same voice. The current Cortland Repertory Theatre production of 1776 invites us to do just that.

Actress Tackles Roles of Her Lifetime

Kitchen Theatre Company’s production of “Thin Walls” gives one actress her dream roles

During Kitchen Theatre Company’s production of Thin Walls, one tenant describes the play’s location as “the only place in the world where everybody can fit in.”