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Just Add Salt

The 2015 SALT nominations are in

The nominations are in and the winners will be announced during the annual Syracuse New Times Syracuse Area Live Theater (SALT) Awards. The ceremony, co-hosted by Rita Worlock and Abel Searor, will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., at Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St. The theater will hold a pre-show reception from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Sutton Pavilion, as well as a gala after-party at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

SU Drama Shakes Up Classic Cole

Kiss Me Kate opens the SU drama season

The Syracuse University Drama Department puts its best foot forward with the season opener of Kiss Me Kate. Make that more than three dozen feet, since this hoofers’ hoedown is keyed to the evergreen sophistication of Cole Porter’s compositions.

SALT Shakeup at the Top

Get to know the SALT Awards’ new commander in chief

A new auteur will guide this year’s Syracuse New Times Syracuse Area Live Theater (SALT) awards ceremony.

Draggin’ the Lines

‘The Calamari Sisters’ Big, Fat, Italian Wedding’ supplies the laughs at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse

We probably have Shakespeare to thank for cross-dressing farces that have led to the likes of The Calamari Sisters’ Big, Fat, Italian Wedding, which is knocking ’em dead at Auburn’s Merry-Go-Round Playhouse through Sept. 30.

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.

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.

Movie Mania at Rome’s Capitolfest

Capitolfest presents classic films the way they were meant to be seen

Rome’s Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St., is still in expansion mode, with its recent addition of a boutique art-house venue with digital projection capabilities down the block, and more plans for a second art house, a café and a black-box theater space. But this weekend the theater returns to yesteryear for Capitolfest, the annual summertime salute to screen rarities from the silent and early sound eras.

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.

Rock Around the Jocks

Entertainment analyst Bill DeLapp previews this weekend’s radio reunion for WOLF and WNDR

It doesn’t take much when it comes to interviewing radio disc jockeys: Just plop a tape recorder in front of them and let the good times roll.

Summer Times 2015: Stage Calendar

Live theater listings

Bristol Valley Theater. 151 S. Main St., Naples. (716) 374‑6318, This 200-seat theater in a former church has been presenting both durable evergreens and offbeat efforts since 1986. This season includes the updated version of Godspell (June 11-21), the leprechaun comedy Who Is Theo? (June 25-July 5), the AIDS-themed rock musical Rent (July 9-19),Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy (July 23-Aug. 2), the Steven Dietz comedy Becky’s New Car (Aug. 6-16) and the musical Family Matters (Aug. 20-30). Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m., with additional 2 p.m. matinees throughout the summer. Adults, $33; seniors, $31; students, $17; ages 18 and under, $12.