All articles by Bill DeLapp

Checking Out Chekhovian Comedy at Syracuse Stage

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Syracuse Stage

There’s nothing like a recent Tony Award winner to get the Syracuse Stage season off to a rousing start, and there’s nothing quite like Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Christopher Durang’s epic dysfunctional-family comedy wears its heart on its sleeve, even as its droll humor tickles the brain waves.



Midway Drive-In Makeover in Progress

Two more Midway benefits go on this weekend.

During the first week of July, Mark Sherman, owner of Letters, Signs and Specialties in Fulton, was supposed to bring back the newly restored neon-lit portion of the Midway Drive-In marquee to the theater. The July 8 tornado that wiped out the Minetto venue’s 40-by-80-foot wood screen delayed those plans, however, until ozoner owner John Nagelschmidt started piecing together a comeback strategy. Thanks to fundraisers from T-shirt sales and other contributions, construction of the drive-in’s new steel screen is on the horizon.



Fair Thee Well

Concerts and surprises aplenty highlight the 12-day run of the New York State Fair, as previewed by Bill DeLapp

You never know who will show up at the annual New York State Fair, running Thursday, Aug. 21, through Labor Day Monday, Sept. 1. Since it’s an election year, it’s a safe bet that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be hanging out on Governor’s Day, which takes place on opening day. (Fairgoers with long memories will recall the many times that Nelson Rockefeller was a perennial no-show.) Yet even though Hillary Clinton has a new book to promote, and possible presidential aspirations down the road, nobody knows yet whether she’ll be dropping by for a sausage sandwich.



Screen Savers to the Midway’s Rescue

Nagelschmidt was at the Syracuse Regional Market

The hellacious July 8 tornado destroyed a Minetto landmark: the Midway Drive-In’s screen, which stood tall for 66 years. It looked like curtains for the summertime favorite until the Girl Scouts from Troop 10101 convinced Midway owner John Nagelschmidt that a series of fundraisers might be a good idea to raise a new screen. The young ladies quickly sold out more than 1,300 T-shirts and 1,000 bracelets during Oswego’s Harborfest weekend, and they are still making the rounds at area spots to solicit donations.



Celluloid Serendipity

Tinseltown treats that will be screened during this weekend’s Capitolfest 12 in Rome

Rome’s Capitol Theatre is in the process of morphing into a big-time arts center, as long-term expansion plans include the additions of two boutique art-house venues with digital projection capabilities, a café and a black-box theater space. But that’s the future: This weekend the theater happily retreats to the past for Capitolfest, the annual summertime blowout of obscure flicks from the silent and early sound eras.



Outlaws Have More Fun

through Saturday, July 26

Covey Theatre Company’s summertime mounting of Bonnie and Clyde (at the Mulroy Civic Center’s BeVard Community Room through Saturday, July 26) is an extremely gutsy choice, given that the Broadway show opened and closed during December 2011. Yet director Garrett Heater clearly had faith in the work, notably its score by Frank Wildhorn, the popular composer best known for The Civil War (performed in June during the District Festival) and Jekyll & Hyde. The trick to adapting this musical, however, comes with ignoring that long shadow cast by director Arthur Penn’s trend-setting 1967 film version, with its ample star power (provided by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway) and then shocking levels of silver-screen violence.



Counterfeit Comedy

running through Aug. 2

The criminal in Catch Me If You Can isn’t packing lead, he instead robbed banks the easier way, through forged checks and stolen identities. Director Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie introduced audiences to the unbelievable yet true adventures of Frank W. Abagnale Jr., a con man extraordinaire played with cherubic yet cunning innocence by Leonardo DiCaprio. And what was fun at the movies manages to also deliver its zippy goods in the musical stage version from Central New York Playhouse (running through Aug. 2).



(Flashback) Jackson and Wallach Twice As Good

THE Central New York theatrical event of 1982

NOTE: Transcribed from February 17, 1982 Syracuse New Times



(PHOTOS) CNY Pride Festival

CNY Pride Festival Photos

The CNY Pride Parade and Festival took place on Saturday June 21, 2014 at Syracuse's Inner Harbor. Below are some sights and snapshots from the celebration.



The Rover Gets Intense with Outback Stakes

(FILM REVIEW)

There are plenty of unanswered questions in The Rover, an increasingly bizarre Australian drama that takes place, as the opening legend states, “10 years after the collapse,” in which stunned characters are still emotionally coping from a global economic meltdown. Our enigmatic lead, Eric (Guy Pearce), is shown from the get-go ambling about the empty roads of the Outback in a sweaty, foggy state of mind, but he snaps into action when a trio of crooks led by Henry (Scoot McNairy) crash their truck near a clapboard dwelling where Eric is marking time, then steal his car to make their getaway. Eric is determined to get his car back, even if it means spiriting after the dangerous gun-toting goons.