REVIEW: “Fiddler on the Roof” at Proctors

by Roseann Cane Since opening on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has become one of the most frequently produced musicals in theater history. Based on Yiddish stories written by Sholem Aleichem at the turn of the 20th Century, it presents a look at Jewish life in the Imperial Russian shtetl of Anatevka.  …

REVIEW: “Your Best One” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane Of the many reasons I have a special fondness for Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre, one is theRep’s commitment to promoting new plays by less-than-well-known playwrights. Through their Next Act! New Play Summit, playwrights submit their work blindly–that is, without their names on the script–to have their plays considered for selection by a…

REVIEW: “The Band’s Visit” at Proctors

by Roseann Cane Transcendent.    If you prefer a big, splashy musical with acrobatic choreography and catchy, hummable tunes, The Band’s Visit may not meet your expectations. It far exceeded mine. I’d been curious to see this multiple Tony-Award-winning show because of the praise it’s garnered. I’d imagined a sweet, clever storyline. What I got…

REVIEW: “Yellow” at Troy Foundry Theatre

by Roseann Cane As you enter the Trojan Hotel, the bar and ballroom of which date from 1830, the immersion begins. The hotel, abandoned for decades, has been restored by members of the Troy Foundry Theatre and the cast and crew of Yellow, a world premiere devised work, a commission with Die-Cast, directed by Brenna Geffers, inspired…

REVIEW: “Lobby Hero” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane In the pristine lobby of a Manhattan high-rise apartment building, we find two security guards, Jeff (Kenny Toll), a good-natured slacker with a mildly checkered past, and his boss, William (Jonathan Louis Dent), a straitlaced, by-the-book pedant exceedingly frustrated by Jeff’s lax manner. William has reached a point where he’s prepared to…