November 2011 News
The Addams Family Proctors State Street, Schenectady, NY proctors.org thru December 4 “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re all together kooky, The Addams Family.” “The Addams Family” by Vic Mizzy So opens “The Addams Family” at Proctors, complete with an entire audience snapping their fingers in unison before the curtain even rose to the da-da-da-da snap snap. What do we expect of a play of The Addams Family, the smash Broadway hit making its rounds to Proctors? This was, after all, the tv series so many of us laughed over in the day when 6, 10 and 13 were the only stations we received, and to change the channel meant leaving the couch and turning the round knob. We didn’t know what to expect this time, but what we received was laughter the whole way. This was one of the best casted shows we’ve seen in a long time. Morticia, still beautiful after all these years, played by the talented Sara Gettelfinger, and Gomez, played by Douglas Sills. But the surprises oddly weren’t in the two main characters: Gomez enamoured by his lovely wife—who wouldn’t be?—and Uncle Fester in love with the moon. “To the moon, Alice!” This play was a lesson in not only who The Addams Family was, but who we always thought we were. Read full story at: http://www.didyouweekend.com/the-addams-family-review/
The Addams Family @ Proctors, 11/29/11 November 30, 2011 at 12:37 am by Michael Eck http://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/the-addams-family-proctors-112911/1... By Michael Eck Special to The Times Union SCHENECTADY – You won’t have to leave your memories at home if you visit “The Addams Family” at Proctors. And that’s a good thing. The musical comedy is based on Charles Addams’ actual cartoon panels for the New Yorker, rather than having its roots in subsequent adaptations. So, here and there there are knowing winks to John Astin, Raul Julia, Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy, but overall this show operates on its own terms. A major part of the entertainment of any Addams adaptation has been the clash between high culture, low humor and the goofily macabre. That clash in full flower here, not just in the text of Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s book, but also in the songs of Andrew Lippa, with titles like “Crazier Than You” and “Move Toward the Darkness.” Douglas Sills plays patriarch Gomez with way too broad an accent, but that’s OK. He’s playing it big for the back wall. Sara Gettelfinger rocks her dress, cut as Gomez notes, “down to Venezuela,” so hard that one assumes she’s playing for the back wall, too. The couple has a delightful energy together, especially once she’s mad at him. They sing well together and separately. Sills’ solo on “Not Today” is a knockout, while Gettelfinger’s “Just Around the Corner” is silly fun. The thrust of the story concerns daughter Wednesday’s engagement with Lucas Beineke, a “normal” middle class kid. When Wednesday asks the family to behave for a meeting with Lucas’ parents all heck, mayhem and bedlam break loose. Cortney Wolfson, as Wednesday, shines on “Pulled.” Another part of the joy of Addams adaptations are the special effects. Much of that here is left to the inspired genius of puppet master Basil Twist. Cousin It makes a crowd-pleasing appearance at the top of Act Two, but other moments of magic — you’ll have to see the show to get them — are more satisfying. Uncle Fester’s (Blake Hammond) love affair with the moon, for example, drew huge applause at Tuesday’s opening. All the production elements are top-notch, with Natasha Katz’s lighting and Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott’s scenic and costume design contributing to the goofy/eerie effect. There are some surprisingly intimate scenes in “The Addams Family,” but the evening doesn’t lack for dazzlers. “Tango de Amor,” with Gomez and Morticia rekindling their romance in a big way — dancing amidst graveyard ghouls — is especially impressive. So is the tripartite “Full Disclosure” section, which closes Act One and features Crista Moore – as Lucas’ mother, Alice — in a star turn during the “Waiting” midsection. Proctors, through its involvement with Elephant Eye Theatrical actually has a stake in “The Addams Family.” It’s good to see the venue’s efforts pay off. THE ADDAMS FAMILY Performance reviewed: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes; one intermission. Continues: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 4. Tickets: $20-$70 Info: 346-6204; http://www.proctors.org
Whether Browsing or Selecting Holiday Presents Proctors Gift Centre Aims at Something for Everyone Local Authors Showcased; The Peppermint Pig Lives – Now in Wintergreen! Schenectady, NY – November 28, 2011 -- Now more than ever, Proctors is the place to find gifts as unique as the entertainment complex itself, especially for friends and family members with an eye on the performing arts. Proctors Gift Centre and adjacent Arcadia Shop are chock-a-block with gift-worthy and collectible items -- from jewelry, music boxes and snow globes to watches, note cards, posters and an array of music-themed ornaments and magnets. Browsers wouldn’t want to overlook the large supply of Beanies or the many licensed items that include Elvis, Marilyn, Lucy, Star Wars, Star Trek, Beatles, Dr. Who, Wizard of Oz along with other popular iconic show-biz brands. “For holiday gift giving, we currently have beautifully packaged assorted chocolates as well as the increasingly popular Peppermint Pigs -- this year available in Wintergreen flavor,” says Bob Warlock, who manages the two gift shops along Proctors Arcade on the first floor of the arts and entertainment complex. He notes that the Pig is honored in Victorian holiday tradition as a symbol of good health, happiness and prosperity. After the holiday repast, the Pig was shared among those gathered, with each in turn giving the bright holiday pouch that holds the Pig a firm tap and sharing a tale of the past year's good fortune. “It is a wonderful tradition,” say Mr. Warlock, “and one that heightens the festivity of any holiday meal.” Without losing a beat, he gestures to a Gift Centre exclusive – a finger-puppet of Charles Steinmetz. “Our Arcadia shop has Schenectady and Proctors items, too – including shirts made in the USA and the well-known “I’m Going to Schenectady” tee shirt – in short- and long- sleeves,” he adds. Warlock is especially proud of the Gift Centre’s focus on local authors: Winifred Elze (The Borgia Prince), Lucilla Epps (Phantom Revisited), Zackary Richards (Noon), and John Blandly (The Greatest Novel Ever Written) have their works on display and recently participated in a reading of their work. “People regularly stop by Proctors Gift Centre to inquire about the books we carry that showcase local authors,” says Mr. Warlock. “They ask about the authors and their literary careers. It seemed only natural to showcase their work here where nearly 60,000 people come annually.” About the Authors ZACKARY RICHARDS began writing horror stories as a hobby to entertain his preteen daughters. He submitted Frostie the Deadman to a contest and won the grand prize. The book was later published by Nicholas K. Burns Publishing. Richards is the founder of Ari Publishing and the author of five published books. WINIFRED ELZE’s novels have been published by St. Martin’s Press and Ari Publishing, and her most recent work is a book of short stories, The $83.20 Cat. Her latest novel, Tilde, is about a bipolar artist growing up on Staten Island during the great depression. Winifred Elze lives in Schenectady and is married to Robert Warlock. JOHN BLANDLY is an actor (Ed Wood Film Fest People’s Choice Award winner “G-Rated”), artist, baseball player (Capital District Senior Men’s Baseball League), and filmmaker (“The John Blandly Show,” Blip TV; “johnblandly,” YouTube) from Troy, NY. He is the author of several published novels and ebooks, among them, “The Greatest Novel Ever Written,” Xlibris, 2011, “Abbie,” Synergebooks, 2011, and “Ruthy’s New Texas Lawyer Friend,” Ari publishing, 2011. LUCILLA EPPS was born in the beautiful city of Prague, in the Czech Republic. In 1970, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Ballston Lake, NY, where “Lucy” attended BHBL High School and continues to reside today with her husband. After receiving a BA in Communications from Simmons College in Boston, MA, Lucilla worked at several jobs – always around books. Her life-long love of writing has culminated in the publication of Phantom's Legacy, her first novel, which she wrote after attending a performance at Proctors. She and her husband currently reside in Ballston Lake. Volunteer Staffed Proctors Gift Center is staffed entirely by volunteers who keep the shops humming Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM. – and later in concert with Proctors Live Mainstage events. During the winter indoor Green Markets, Proctors Gift Center is open on Sunday from 10 AM – 2 PM. The proceeds of the shops help support Proctors, which is a 501 c 3, non-profit organization. For more information about Proctors Gift Center, contact Robert Warlock, Proctors Gift Centre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305; 518-382-3884 ext. 128, cell: 518-256-8395.
ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - Elephant Eye Theatrical is a production company - formed with the goal of identifying, developing, financing and producing new musicals for Broadway, National Touring and Licensing to venues around the world. Joe speaks with Elephant Eye CEO and Producer, Stuart Oken and Proctors CEO - Philip Morris. © Copyright 2011, WAMC Follow link to listen to taped broadcast: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain/article/231/0/18796...
Two stars get along beautifully in musical ‘Addams Family’ Saturday, November 26, 2011 By Bill Buell (Contact) Gazette Reporter Douglas Sills plays Gomez and Sara Gettelfinger is Morticia in “The Addams Family,” opening Tuesday at Proctors. If the national touring production of “The Addams Family” coming to Proctors next week has any detractors, it won’t be because of a lack of chemistry between the two leading characters. “I can honestly say that I’ve never been more madly in love with my leading man,” said Sara Gettelfinger, who plays Morticia opposite Douglas Sills as Gomez. “He’s an incredibly generous actor, and just a wonderful spirit to be around.” According to Sills, the feeling is mutual. “The sexual chemistry between Morticia and Gomez is the primary kernel of the whole play,” he said. “The whole thing doesn’t work unless they’re madly in love with each other, and with Sara that’s easy. She’s professional, elegant and incredibly talented. To play opposite her is a dream.” ‘The Addams Family’ WHERE: Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday HOW MUCH: $70-$20 MORE INFO: 346-6204 or www.proctors.org Gomez and Morticia are the blissfully happy married couple who live with their family in a big gloomy house in either Central Park or on Cemetery Lane, depending on which rendition of the story you most enjoy. The quirky characters — who include Uncle Fester; Lurch; Grandmamma; and the Addams’ two children, Wednesday and Pugsley — were originally created by the New Yorker magazine’s Charles Addams in a series of single-panel cartoons between 1938 and 1988, when he died. See full story at: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/nov/26/1127_addams/
http://metroland.net/2011/11/22/better-for-this/ Better for This by Kathryn Geurin Man of La Mancha, the Tony Award-winning musical classic of Impossible Dreams currently on stage at Capital Repertory Better for This by Kathryn Geurin on November 22, 2011 · 0 comments Man of La Mancha By Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Capital Repertory Theater, Through Dec. 17 Rating: 0 (from 0 votes) Photo by Joe Schulyer Man of La Mancha, the Tony Award-winning musical classic of Impossible Dreams currently on stage at Capital Repertory Theater, finds author-actor-tax-collector Miguel Cervantes and his manservant tossed in a dungeon by the Spanish Inquisition for foreclosing on a monestary. Upon their arrival, the dingy amalgam of murderers and thieves already imprisoned attacks the duo and puts them on mock trial to fight for their possessions—a steamer trunk full of props and costumes, and a manuscript. As their defense, Cervantes mounts an impromptu production, featuring his fellow prisoners as players, of his yet-unfinished masterpiece Don Quixote, the story of the knight errant, itself an imagining of his tale’s hero, Alonso Quijana. It is an onion of a story—layer upon layer of reality, and madness and imagination blurring into some larger truth. The prisoners play actors playing characters in another rugged world, who in turn are often humoring Quihana by playing roles in his knightly fantasy. Done right, it is as funny as it heartrending, as provocative as it is inspiring. And here, Capital Rep gets it right. While the gloriously inflated fantasy world of Don Quixote often takes center stage in Man of La Mancha, this production highlights the dim grit of reality. The fantasy comes to life in a very real way, but, in the small theater, with a spare, multitalented ensemble often performing their own accompaniment onstage, the rough stucco walls and iron-barred windows of set designer Roman Tatarowicz’s prison feel very much present throughout, the fun and splendor of the escape temporary. The whole complex escapade is deftly staged and paced with tightly-reigned energy by director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, who has assembled an exemplary cast and a unified vision for her creative team. Stephen Quandt’s subtle lighting shifts between warm golden glows and icy blues and greens that carry the characters between layers of fantasy. Anna Lacivita’s simple costuming transforms tattered shifts to gowns and gasmasks into mules with onstage slight of hand. Under the musical direction of Adam Jones, the oft-heard music is fresh and stirring, in number after number. Particular highlights are the intricate quartet “I’m Only Thinking of Him,” Act 1 closer “To Each His Dulcinea,” beautifully rendered by David Sutton as the Padre, and Christopher Vettel’s resonant and hilarious nightshirt-clad “Dubbing.” Local Broadway vet Kevin McGuire gives a packed but humble and exquisitely human performance in a leading role that is so often a star vehicle. He balances the roles of Cervantes, Quihana and Don Quixote with a delicacy that keeps each fragile and distict, but reveals their underlying sameness with vulnerable radiance. Even the showstopping numbers are controlled and intimate in his beautiful renditions. His Cervantes and Don Quixote—and the production as a whole—shine the brighter for his restraint. While Ann Fraser Thomas’s performance as Aldonza/Dulcinea would have benefited from a more subtle blend of her hardness and tenderness, the production’s main downfall is the muleteers, who leer cartoonishly at Aldonza, but never feel truly threatening, particularly after a Stoogesque fight scene that is the only time the show slips into broad slapstick. It’s a modest complaint in a, for the most part, beautifully crafted production. When, at the show’s end, as Cervantes is led into the horror of the inquisition, the prisoners raise the melody of the poet’s quest against the slamming door of oppression, this Man of La Mancha resonates with the powerful message it should: that the one can inspire the many, that art can ignite hope in the depths of despair, and that, when it does, the world will be better for this.
Enjoy the Best of the Holidays MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series featuring Ned Spain and Greg Klingler and the The MVP Living Well Dancers ------- Tuesday, December 20, 12:00 pm The Mainstage at Proctors Presented by Hudson - Mohawk Theatre Organ Society Schenectady, NY – November 21, 2011– MVP Health Care invites all Capital Region residents and visitors to attend a free, noontime organ recital featuring area organists Greg Klingler and Ned Spain demonstrating the wonders of "Goldie" -- Proctors mighty Wurlitzer Organ on the Mainstage at Proctors. "Goldie" is an 18 voice, three-keyboard instrument that includes a full set of percussion Instruments and a grand piano that can be played from the organ console. THE MVP Living Well Dancers The December 20 MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series/Christmas Show marks the first-ever participation by the MVP Living Well dance group. Troupe members are MVP Health Care employees who act as goodwill ambassadors and perform at local venues throughout the Capital District. According to Vicky Bueno, MVP Community Health Educator and founder and creative director of the dance troupe, its members live the MVP motto “Take on Life and Live Well”. About Ned Spain A native of Troy, NED SPAIN began by playing the organ before the movies at base theaters while serving in the Marine Corps. After discharge, Ned played summers in Albany, Lake George and Saratoga Springs cocktail lounges. In the Albany area, he is best known for his 20 years as staff organist on the David Allen TV show on Channel 13. Mr. Spain has appeared with many celebrities, including Milton Berle, Donald O’Connor, Sergio Franchi, Jerry Vale, Johnny Ray, Gordon MacRae and Pat Boone. Ned currently manufactures the Creepnomore, a nationally distributed accessory for digital keyboards. Ned is a retired helicopter pilot and collects antique cars. He plays concerts nationally and appears regularly at Proctor's Theater here in Schenectady. Mr. Spain will open his half of the noontime hour with "Oh Holy Night", followed by Winter Wonderland, accompanied by The MVP Living Well Dancers. To Mr. Spain’s accompaniment, Jerry Christiano and "Santa's Helpers", a group of 8 children, will dance to "Santa Claus is Coming To Town". Schenectady’s Pat Brady will sing "Let it Snow," "Baby It's Cold Outside," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" -- backed by singer Tom Warner and dancer Steve Dessereau. Ned also expects to play "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" solo; he says that the Rockettes have turned him down. About Greg Klingler Greg Klingler hails from New York City. His interest in the organ came about when he was introduced to the Grand WurliTzer theatre organ at the world famous Christmas Spectacular when he was around 12 years old. Mr. Klingler was principal organist at the Gateway Cathedral Church on Staten Island for more than 14 years and served as vice-president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Theater Organ Society. He has played numerous concerts during his career including pre-show organ openings at the Gateway Cathedral's annual production "Celebrate Christmas," that attracted more than 7,000 attendees each year. In 2004 he helped find and install an Allen Theater Organ for the St. George Theater in Staten Island - a beautiful 3,000 seat Grand Movie Palace from the 1920's - for the theatre’s 75th Anniversary/Grand re-opening celebration. Subsequently, he became house organist for the St. George Theatre's annual Christmas Extravaganza and other shows produced there. He also has accompanied silent movies on the organ. Mainly self-taught, Mr. Klingler has been playing organ since he was a young teen. He moved to the Glens Falls region with his wife in December 2005. He enjoys playing Proctors "Goldie” whenever the opportunity arises. Noontime Delight All events in the free MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series at Proctors begin at noon and are sponsored by MVP Health Care - helping Capital Region residents to take on life and live well. The series showcases the artistry of area organists and the versatility and the power of "Goldie," Proctors’ mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Since the installation of Goldie, Proctors has maintained a chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, which provides the services of the Organists who perform Proctors noontime concerts, as well as the crewmembers who maintain Goldie. MVP Healthcare 2011-2012 Noontime Organ Concert Schedule 2012 • Tuesday 1/10 Bill Hubert • Tuesday 2/14 Claudia Bracaliello, Rob Kleinschmidt • Tuesday 3/20 Carl Hackert, Charlotte Palmeri & Guests • Tuesday 4/24 Andrew Krystopolski, Will Hayes & Nixon McMillan • Tuesday 5/22 John Wiesner, Jim Brockway • Tuesday 6/26 Avery Tunningley MORE? For more information on the MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series at Proctors, contact Frank Hackert at (518) 355-4523; firstname.lastname@example.org. - 30 -
http://blog.timesunion.com/localarts/man-of-la-mancha-capital-repertory-... Man of La Mancha @ Capital Repertory Theatre, 11/16/11 November 17, 2011 at 1:26 am by Michael Eck by Michael Eck Special to The Times Union “Man of La Mancha” is magnificent. The play itself — a musical adaptation of “Don Quixote” — is a terrific property which still has the power to inspire after nearly 50 years. And Capital Repertory Theatre’s current production, directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, distills the work’s grand gestures down to scale for its intimate space in thrilling ways. That’s not hard to do with Kevin McGuire leading the cast. McGuire, the founder of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall, has been out of the area for two years and its a delight to see him back on the boards in a role that may as well have been created for him. Book writer Dale Wasserman originally conceived “Man” without music, but Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion’s songs are what lift this tale to its glorious heights. Even if you’ve never seen the show before, you’ll know nearly every tune in your heart, if not by heart. McGuire doesn’t attack numbers like “Man of La Mancha” (gosh, is there a more robust song in the world!?) and “The Impossible Dream” with the lustiness so common to Broadway shouters. Instead, he inhabits the tunes, acting his way through them instead of forging his way. At Wednesday’s performance “Dream” was heartbreaking as well as uplifting, a real interpretation, not just a rendition. McGuire is surrounded by a solid cast, too. His sidekick Sancho Panza is deftly played as a Shakespearean fool by Robert Anthony Jones; Christopher Vettel is appropriately despicable as Doctor Carrasco; and David Sutton sings wonderfully as the Padre. In fact, Sutton, Shannon Rafferty and Emily Mikesell nearly steal the show early in the evening with the contrapuntal “I’m Only Thinking of Him.” Anne Fraser Thomas plays Aldonza, the innkeeper’s wench envisioned by the mad Quixote as his inspiration, Dulcinea. Her “It’s All the Same” was sparky on Wednesday, but unconvincing. By the time she embraces her new name, at show’s end, however, she has warmed into the role, providing a strong distaff foil for McGuire’s doddering knight errant. Mancinelli-Cahill was employing actor-musicians long before John Doyle made it hip, and she does so here to grand effect. Musical director Adam Jones even has actor Joe Phillips using his belly as percussion at one point in the play; and Mikesell, Vettel and others do double duty before and behind the curtain. The net effect, musically and theatrically, is that of a chamber piece, which upends one’s expectations of “Man of La Mancha” and realigns them at the same time. Roman Tatarowicz’s set design is, to use that word again, magnificent. The place becomes a Spanish dungeon. Mancinelli-Cahill gives costumer Anna Lacivita free rein, and to both of their credit the completely anachronistic gas masks used to suggest horses are perfect. Intent is often the dividing line between art and mistake, and Mancinelli-Cahill’s intent here is spot on. But despite all the good goings on, McGuire never loses sight of the heart of the show. If you have a heart (to use that word again and again), you may find yourself frequently at the edge of tears. Magnificent. MAN OF LA MANCHA Performance reviewed: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes; one intermission Continues: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 17. Tickets: $40-$70 Info: 445-7469; http://www.capitalrep.org -30-
http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2011/11/16/entertainment/doc4ec479d16... Theater review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ is safe, but moving Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 By BOB GOEPFERT email@example.com Click to enlarge ALBANY — The production of “Man of La Mancha” at Capital Repertory Theatre through Dec. 17 proves there is no substitute for good material. This is a production that should entertain almost everyone. “Man of La Mancha” is a musical adaptation of Miguel Cervantes’ novel “Don Quixote.” It’s the tale of a wealthy man who has had to become a little crazy in order to find a purpose in life. He sees nothing but good in everyone and tries to live an idealistic life. His simple vision of the world inspires all who meet him, and he changes lives. The musical is set in a dungeon where Cervantes must stand trial by the inmates before he is tried by the Inquisition. The inmates are to decide whether the manuscript for Cervantes’ novel is to be burned, and the Inquisition is to decide if Cervantes is to burn. He defends himself to the prisoners by offering his novel as a play within a play, with everyone assuming roles in the story. If this sounds cloying or sentimental, it is. But one of the remarkable things about “Man of La Mancha” is that its sentimentality is its strength. Audiences will willingly buy into Quixote’s view of the work and root for a deranged man who is a hopeless romantic. And a great score heightens emotions. Because of the work of the charismatic Kevin McGuire as Quixote, you are moved by the material. McGuire is loveable in his delusional moments and sadly tender as the sane but fragile Alonso Quijana. Quixote is a man who is crazy because of his dreams, while his alter ego lives a life that is empty because it lacks a dream. As good as McGuire is, he often seems restrained in his portrayal. Part of the reason for that is director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill plays it very safe with the entire production. If there is a specific problem with the show, it is that it shirks the edgy undercurrents of the work. By always emphasizing the enjoyable, the play avoids all hint of danger. Though the approach results in an entertaining piece of theater, it lessens the experience. The work has survived as a novel and a musical because it addresses important themes. We remember and laugh at Quixote mistaking a windmill for a dragon, but forget that real dragons exist as religious zealots, scientists who will hurt others in the name of rational behavior and humans who give into carnal behavior. Therefore, it is hurtful that the rape scene is played almost like a dance from “West Side Story,” protecting us from the savage reality that crushes Aldonza’s dream. When Quijana is forced to accept reality by those who are “Only Thinking of Him” in the name of science, the moment is sad but also lacks the cruelty of the act itself. Having members of the Inquisition dressed like modern fascists instead of religious fanatics defuses the point that religious zealots crush what makes man distinctive — dreams and imagination. The most harmful choice is using body microphones. The unnecessary amplification sounds artificial, and I suspect inhibits McGuire’s performance, causing him to be cautious about his singing and timid in his portrayal. McGuire never loses the heart of his character but seldom does he seem spontaneous. But he does break your heart with “The Impossible Dream,” “Dulcinea” and during his final walk up the stairway. And if those moments work, so does the production. “Man of La Mancha” is playing at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays through Dec. 17. For tickets and information, call 445-7469 or go to www.capitalrep.org.
A 'Man' in full Nothing quixotic in Kevin McGuire's choice of roles By Michael Eck, Special to the Times Union Published 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Errant knight Don Quixote (Kevin McGuire) and his trusty squire, Sancho Panza (Robert Anthony Jones) spy their dreaded enemy, The Enchanter, in the distance in Man of La Mancha, the Tony-Award winning musical playing at Capital Rep from November 11 ? December 17, 2011. (Joseph Schuyler) We should all be jealous of Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio. That's where Kevin McGuire, the founder and former artistic director of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall, has recently landed. McGuire launched TCHH in 1999 and immediately made a mark in Cambridge and in the wider theater scene with smart, classy productions of classic plays. His stagings were often daring, always thoughtful and did not shy away from tough topics. As often as not, he directed himself in major roles, but it never felt self-serving, simply because the quality was there. He left the troupe in 2009 to return to acting on other stages; and just recently Shakespeare & Company vet John Hadden was named the new AD at TCHH. But McGuire is back in town for a short spell now, starring in Capital Repertory Theatre's limited engagement of "Man of La Mancha." READ FULL STORY at http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/A-Man-in-full-2272169.php
http://www.didyouweekend.com/man-of-la-mancha-reviewed/ Man of La Mancha-Reviewed Posted by rich on November 17, 2011 By State, Capital District, Cool Things to Do, Event List, Events, New York, Theatre Man of La Mancha The Capital Repertory Theatre http://capitalrep.org/ Nov. 11-Dec 17 The holidays are upon us. Treat yourself to an early present: Man of La Mancha. If you see one show this year, it must be this one. “To dream … the impossible dream … To fight … the unbeatable foe … To bear … with unbearable sorrow … To run … where the brave dare not go .. Imagine it is the 16th century, and you are Miguel de Cervantes with your sidekick, Sancho, and you find yourself jailed in a dungeon with the worst of the worst to stand trial during the Inquisition. You did a quick bout as a tax collector, and accidentally foreclosed on a Monastery, not the best thing to do during the Inquisition. Arrested and thrown into the dungeon, Miguel learns he has two trials to stand, one for the Inquisition, the other by his fellow inmates. In his defense, he conjures up an unfinished manuscript with the props of knights, and reenacts the magical tale of the greatest knight of all, Don Quixote. And he took his fabled box of tricks and swords, and had himself anointed knight while falling for the graces of the lovely Aldonza. ”To right … the unrightable wrong … To love … pure and chaste from afar … To try … when your arms are too weary … To reach … the unreachable star … Kevin McGuire comes into his own as Don Quixote, in what can only be described as a spectacular performance second to none. But he doesn’t do it all alone. The entire cast of Capital Rep’s La Mancha works together like a well-oiled machine to bring together a performance that culminated in a standing ovation. Kevin McGuire looked the part. He played the part. He was the part. But could he sing the impossible Impossible? He could. The song we had all been waiting for. And we heard it not once, but twice. As he was led away to stand trial, his fellow inmates gathered around him and chanted The Impossible Dream in voices that gave you goose bumps head to toe. ”This is my quest, to follow that star … No matter how hopeless, no matter how far … To fight for the right, without question or pause … To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause …” But if Kevin McGuire took himself to the top, he did bring with him wonderful company. Anne Fraser Thomas also gave a wonderful performance with some of the best dramatic acting we’ve seen in a long time. The passion in her character combined with an operatic voice moved the audience. David Anderson Sutton, the Padre, proved he could hold his own among the best. We will see more of him. It is hard to find fault with this production. I wish there was more Shannon Rafferty, who had the voice of an angel. I could have listened to her sing all day. She needs a lead role to let the world hear her magical voice. ”And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest, That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm, when I’m laid to my rest … “ I may go see La Mancha again. The Impossible Dream is, after all, a favorite song that I will have going through my head over and over again. It is almost the holidays. And anyway, I need to buy myself an early present. ”And the world will be better for this: That one man, scorned and covered with scars, Still strove, with his last ounce of courage, To reach … the unreachable star …” Lyrics by Joe Darion By: Rich
Quixote’s sidekick is a dream role for Jones Thursday, November 10, 2011 By Bill Buell (Contact) Gazette Reporter Aldonza (Anne Fraser Thomas) shares a moment with Don Quixote’s trusty squire Sancho Panza (Robert Anthony Jones) in “Man of La Mancha.” (JOSEPH SCHUYLER) Pretending to be Max Bialystock was hilarious, and portraying Wilbur Turnblad was a lot of fun. Still, as far as Robert Anthony Jones is concerned, the role of Sancho Panza offers a character actor just about everything he could want in a Broadway musical. “It’s great music, and ‘Man of La Mancha’ also has a number of dramatic moments and an awful lot of heart in it,” said Jones, who is playing Sancho, Don Quixote’s sidekick, in the 1965 Broadway classic opening Friday at Capital Repertory Theatre. “I love this show and I know the message sounds corny, but I love that message. You can do what you want as long as you set your mind to it.” Jones, a native of Islip, Long Island, will share the Cap Rep stage with Hoosick Falls native Kevin McGuire. The founder of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge and a Broadway veteran, McGuire is playing the lead character, 16th century writer Miguel de Cervantes, and the two characters he conjures up with his imagination: a country squire by the name of Alonso Quijana and a dauntless knight known as Don Quixote. ‘Man of La Mancha’ WHERE: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany WHEN: Friday through Dec. 17; performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday; check with the theater for special matinees HOW MUCH: $70-$40 MORE INFO: 445-7469, www.capitalrep.org From TV to stage READ FULL STORY at http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/nov/10/1110_sancho/
Theater review: ‘Man of La Mancha’ receives sparkling treatment at Cap Rep Thursday, November 17, 2011 By Paul Lamar WHERE: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany WHEN: Friday through Dec. 17 HOW MUCH: $70-$40 MORE INFO: 445-7469, www.capitalrep.org “Man of La Mancha,” that 1964 Tony Award-winning chestnut by Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, is being given a sumptuous treatment by Capital Repertory Theatre, thanks to the large vision of director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. She has assembled a first-rate cast (anchored by the estimable Kevin McGuire), snagged a gifted musical director — Adam Jones — and pulled out all the stops with her production crew. You’re going to like what you see and hear. This is, of course, Wasserman’s take on Cervantes’ “Don Quixote.” Cervantes (McGuire) and his servant (Robert Anthony Jones) have been thrown into prison on charges of foreclosing on a church and are awaiting trial with the Inquisition. (The program’s reference to the Spanish Civil War is unclear, the guards’ costumes notwithstanding.) They are insulted by the other prisoners, who decide to put them on trial themselves, with all of Cervantes’ possessions at stake. The author asks to defend himself, so he can keep his precious literary manuscript, which is up for burning. Knight’s story His defense consists of telling a story about the adventures of a would-be knight, Don Quixote, a story the other prisoners begin to act out. Quixote is, of course, the knight who sees the world as he wants it to be, not the cruel, degrading reality other people live in. For this reason he’s considered a madman by the realists, but his optimism and kindness have transformative powers, particularly on a local inn’s scullery maid, Aldonza (Anne Fraser Thomas), whom he dubs Dulcinea. The narrative ultimately affects the prisoners-turned-actors, who, when the time comes for Cervantes to meet the Inquisition, give him back his precious book. From time to time the fiction is interrupted by Cervantes’ real-life circumstances. This play-within-a-play conceit is seamlessly executed, thanks to Stephen Quandt’s lighting design, David Thomas’s sound design, and a stunning set by Roman Tatarowicz that allows the action to flow. Susan Cicarelli Caputo’s choreography and David Bunce’s fight routines are apt and eye-catching, and Anna Lacivita’s costume design fits the styles of both worlds. Many of the performers do double and triple duty, singing, dancing and playing instruments on stage. Jeffrey Funaro, for example, one of the prisoners, has skills as a trumpet player as well as vocal chops and dance moves. Ditto Emily Mikesell, a singing actress and violinist/flutist. Vocal honors READ FULL STORY at http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/nov/17/1117_lamancharev/
BWW Interviews: Talking with THE ADDAMS FAMILY's Brian Crum By Kelly Cameron, Broadway World Toronto November 15, 2011 They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky...and they're coming to Toronto! The Addams Family opens Wednesday night at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, giving Toronto audiences the chance to see a new and revamped version of the show currently running on Broadway. The musical version of The Addams Family is based more on the classic Charles Addams cartoons then the television series everyone has come to know, so audiences should be prepared to learn a bit more about the kooky clan as their characters become more fleshed out and explored in this new production. BWW had the chance to speak with Brian Crum who plays Lucas, the love interest of Wednesday. Brian was most recently seen on Broadway in the cast of the Tony Award winning Next to Normal, and talks with us about the changes that have been made to the production, fleshing out the characters and his fundraising efforts for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: Congratulations on Addams Family! Thanks for speaking with us on your day off in sunny West Palm Beach, it's a hard live on tour isn't it? Oh yeah, West Palm Beach has been great! I'm staying with a friend here so it's been wonderful getting a bit of a break from hotel life and being in an actual home. I've got my dog with me on tour so this way he's been able to run around and enjoy a backyard, and the weather has been fabulous. It's going to be hard venturing to chilly Toronto next! Definitely some cruel scheduling happening there! We are thrilled to have you coming back to Toronto, when was the last time you performed here? It's been at least three years or so and I came through with the touring production of Wicked at The Canon Theatre. Definitely excited to be coming back and performing at The Toronto Centre for the Arts. I hear it's a bit removed from the heart of the downtown core so I'm looking forward to getting to explore a different part of the city and see new places. You've been touring with the production for awhile now, how have you found the audience reaction differs from city to city? Well it definitely changes depending on where we go but it's been warm and receptive no matter what. West Palm Beach has actually probably been the biggest challenge because it's been a lot of ‘blue hairs' (as we call them in the theatre world) coming out to see the show and sometimes they are a bit more reserved and it takes more to really get them going. But we are coming into the weekend and already seeing everyone liven up a bit - and are excited for Toronto audiences to show us what they've got! This is a show where everyone is already so familiar with the characters and the overall "story" of The Addams Family, do you find that is a challenge when it comes to fleshing out your roles on stage? It can be, but this show was never meant to simply be a musical version of the classic television show. We've heard a lot about how much the show has been changed from the Broadway production - did you get a chance to see the NYC version and can you tell us a bit about the changes that have been made? I did see it in NYC, I actually saw it right before I auditioned for the touring production. There have been a lot of changes made and I think people are really going to like our version of the show. Some songs have been cut, some of the choreography has been changed around...Morticia isn't going through menopause in our version! Basically the book has been completely re-vamped, and in our version the story focuses much more on the love story between Wednesday and my character Lucas and the whole dynamic with the family and how Wednesday growing up affects all of them. A lot of our readers know you first and foremost for your work in Next to Normal, during which time you did a lot of successful fundraisers for various causes and some great cabaret style nights in NYC. Any chance we could convince you to do something like that while you are here in Toronto? I would love to! I always enjoyed those kinds of evenings and currently the cast is raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which is a great cause, so it would be wonderful to get out in Toronto and do something to support them. The problem is that Toronto is coming up fast so I don't know if we will have time to put something together, but we do like karaoke so hopefully at the very least we will find a cool spot to hang out and sing some tunes. You get a few weeks off for Christmas, what's on your "must-see" list when you head back to NYC? Well, I'm seeing Book of Mormon and Godspell the next time I get to the city so I'm really excited for that! Book of Mormon? You must be well connected, how did you manage to score tickets to that? Well my good friend Andrew (Rannells) plays the lead, so I had a bit of pull. *laughs* And finally, just in case some of our younger audience isn't familiar with The Addams Family, what would you say to encourage them to come out and see the show? It has a lot of pop and contemporary songs that I think will really appeal to a lot of young people. Plus there's a younger love story between Wednesday and this boy (myself) and that should appeal to a younger demographic. It's no longer just about the grown-up love story but rather about developing this younger one and we do that through a lot of upbeat and contemporary type music that is a lot of fun. Basically there really is something for everyone, whether you already know story or not. So come out and have some fun! http://toronto.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Interviews-Talking-with-THE... When and Where? The Addams Family The Addams Family, part of the Key Private Bank Broadway Series, plays November 29 -December 4 on the The Mainstage at Proctors. Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.
http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2011/11/09/entertainment/doc4ebb36213... Entertainment Musical puts a spin on ‘Don Quixote’ at Capital Repertory Theatre Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011 By BOB GOEPFERT firstname.lastname@example.org Click to enlarge ALBANY — Kevin McGuire, who is starring in the Capital Repertory Theatre production of “Man of La Mancha,” says he completely embodies the character he plays. “The character is me. I am crazy. I am a dreamer with an overactive imagination. And I feel things very deeply,” he said . “Man of La Mancha,” which will debut Friday night, is a musical based on “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes, a 17th-century novel about a man who dreams he is a knight righting wrongs and protecting the down-trodden. Some people buy into his noble vision of life — which includes windmills that are dragons and scullery maids who are royalty — while others see it as proof he is crazy. In the musical, Miguel de Cervantes and his sidekick, Sancho Panza, are thrown into jail along with debtors, thieves and other lowlifes. The two try to plead their innocence and enlist their fellow inmates in a re-enactment of Don Quixote’s tale. The song “The Impossible Dream,” which is performed by McGuire, seems to resonate with the actor’s life and career. McGuire was born and raised in the rural community of Hoosick Falls and found success on Broadway playing the lead in “Phantom of the Opera” in New York City and Toronto. He also played the lead in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables” and in the national tour of the musical “The Secret Garden.” “I knew I wanted to be on Broadway from when I played the Christmas mouse at St. Mary’s Elementary School. I think I was 6 years old,” he said. But few believed in him, even when he was accepted to study at the prestigious Juilliard Acting School in New York City. “Early in my life, I learned not to live by the vision of others. The truth is, those who dream truly see the future,” McGuire said. He laughs when he recalls that in 1990 he returned home with plans to share a year with his son, who was entering his senior year in high school, and decided to start the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall. Still, no one took him seriously. “I told people I wanted to use local actors to do a season that would consist of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’ and Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard,’ ” he said. “They looked at me like I was crazy. After three or four years of critically acclaimed work — all done on a shoestring budget — we drew 106 percent capacity over the season.” He ended up staying in Cambridge for nine years. “It was the best job I ever had,” McGuire said. “I got to do plays and act characters other people only dream about.” One of those roles was Cervantes in “Man of La Mancha” in 2006. He remembers playing the character well. “The critics all loved the work, but almost everyone said I was probably about five to 10 years too young for the role. That was five years ago. I hope they all remember that this time around,” he said with another great laugh. McGuire insists he loves returning to the role. “I directed the play as well as playing the lead. I was the guy who scratched to find props and had to figure out how to costume everyone. Now all I have to do is think about the character. It helps to have the guidance of Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, who is a very good director.” It’s nice to know that when one dreams enough, dragons can be defeated. “Man of La Mancha” was written by Dale Wasserman. Lyrics are by Joe Darion and music was scored by Mitch Leigh. WHERE: Capital Repertory Theatre WHEN: Begins Friday, with performances through Dec. 17 MORE INFO: Call 445-7469 or go to www.capitalrep.org.
‘LaMancha’ is a special play for director Wednesday, November 9, 2011 By Bill Buell (Contact) Gazette Reporter The salty Aldonza (Anne Fraser Thomas) flirts with the band of amorous muleteers, from left, Pedro (Chris Caron), Anselmo (Jeffrey Funaro), Jose (Brendan Brierley) and Juan (Freddy Ramirez) in “Man of La Mancha.” (JOSEPH SCHUYLER) Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill gives her complete attention to any production about to be staged at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, but this month’s show is something really special. “My father died of cancer when I was 14, and I had finished reading this book while he was fighting the disease,” she said, referring to Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, “Don Quixote,” the book that the musical “Man of La Mancha” is based on. “There was something remarkable about the book and it really hit me personally. We were still hoping when it was beyond hope. I was captivated by the heart and the imagination of the story, and it has stayed with me all these years.” “Man of La Mancha” begins Friday night at Capital Rep, and along with deciding to direct the show herself, Mancinelli-Cahill also persuaded Broadway veteran and Hoosick Falls native Kevin McGuire to play the lead character. The founder of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge in 1998, McGuire left there in 2008 and has been busy lately working between New York City and Columbus, Ohio. Related story For a related story on this show, click here. “Kevin and I have known each other for years, but we had never worked together before,” said Mancinelli-Cahill. “I’m so happy our schedules worked out. He’s a very talented, interesting person, and if he had just walked into one of our New York City auditions, we would consider him a very high-caliber guy. The people he’s worked with and assisted on Broadway is remarkable. He’s one of our local heroes, but he really has an incredible pedigree.” While New York City talent is one of the big reasons Capital Rep continues to be the premier venue for locally produced stage productions, it is not the only reason. Read full story at: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/nov/09/1110_caprep/
Quixote’s sidekick is a dream role for Jones Thursday, November 10, 2011 By Bill Buell (Contact) Gazette Reporter Aldonza (Anne Fraser Thomas) shares a moment with Don Quixote’s trusty squire Sancho Panza (Robert Anthony Jones) in “Man of La Mancha.” (JOSEPH SCHUYLER) Pretending to be Max Bialystock was hilarious, and portraying Wilbur Turnblad was a lot of fun. Still, as far as Robert Anthony Jones is concerned, the role of Sancho Panza offers a character actor just about everything he could want in a Broadway musical. “It’s great music, and ‘Man of La Mancha’ also has a number of dramatic moments and an awful lot of heart in it,” said Jones, who is playing Sancho, Don Quixote’s sidekick, in the 1965 Broadway classic opening Friday at Capital Repertory Theatre. “I love this show and I know the message sounds corny, but I love that message. You can do what you want as long as you set your mind to it.” Jones, a native of Islip, Long Island, will share the Cap Rep stage with Hoosick Falls native Kevin McGuire. The founder of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge and a Broadway veteran, McGuire is playing the lead character, 16th century writer Miguel de Cervantes, and the two characters he conjures up with his imagination: a country squire by the name of Alonso Quijana and a dauntless knight known as Don Quixote. Read full story at: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2011/nov/10/1110_sancho/
"If you have a child interested in the performing arts, join Proctors fun and engaging Parent Panel coming up on November 18 4:30-6:30. Whether your interest is in a camp that challenges serious actors, or a camp that welcomes all beginners, we want to hear your interests and concerns. Your valuable input will help us shape the future of the performing arts programs at Proctors over the summer months. Facilitated by Kat Koppett of MopCo, so a lively and spontaneous discussion is guaranteed! Comment if you'd like more information. Space is limited." Christine Sheehan Director of Education Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre 518.382.3884 x 112 email@example.com
Scene & heard http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Scene-heard-2250738.php Published 05:18 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2011 "Eye of the Tiger" for Election Day This Election Day, are you rooting for the underdogs? Well, after you vote, get yourself to Proctors in Schenectady on Tuesday, where It Came From Schenectady presents the Election Day Rumble, a double feature of movies that feature battles nearly as bloody as those waged at the ballot box. It all starts at 7 p.m. with a screening of "Rocky 3," the 1982 sequel that finds Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa again a loser, fighting his way back to challenge a younger, faster, more vicious opponent (Mr. T). Next up is ''They Live,'' John Carpenter's 1988 sci-fi/horror flick, featuring wrestler ''Rowdy'' Roddy Piper fighting aliens disguised as humans while helping to dispense satiric jabs at the economy, a culture of greed and the power of mass media. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students with ID. For more information, call 346-6204. A fine line between stupid and clever Taking the idea of "this one goes to 11" to, well, 11, Valentine's in Albany (along with Sir Dennis Eaton Hogg) are hosting "Tonight We're Gonna Rock You, Tonight!", an evening of Spınal Tap Tap music on 11/11/11. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chris Ryan Arts Scholarship. Several of the area's best known bands will be paying homage to the faux heavy metal band made famous in the 1984 Rob Reiner mockumentary "This Is Spınal Tap.'' They include: Knyghts of Fuzz, House of Vice, Big Frank and the Bargain Bingers, Von Hanzig, The Geoff Ryan Band, Vicious Jimmy, Shark Sandwich, Will Ulrich, James Wolfe and others. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 432-6572. And yes, there will be a miniature Stonehenge. No word yet on costumed dwarves. Fifty years of dancing to Bach Nacre Dance Company has planned a three-day "Christmas Oratorio" 50th anniversary celebration at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs from Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20. The Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., Sunday's at 2 p.m. Partial proceeds will benefit the restoration project for the hall. Nacre's production is based on Charles Weidman's later version of "Christmas Oratorio," which opened in New York City in 1961. It features the original music by Johann Sebastian Bach, which debuted in 1734, performed by the musicians and choral ensemble of Mosaic-Arts. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. For tickets or information, visit http://www.nacredance.com or call 435-0510.
http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/MoHu-meets-its-mark-2250753.php MoHu meets its mark More than 50,000 attended festival events in October By TOM KEYSER Staff writer Published 05:15 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2011 http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/MoHu-meets-its-mark-2250753.php Members of the Capital District Youth Chorale perform during The Capital District Sings! event at Proctors on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 in Schenectady. The event is part of the MoHu festival. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) Organizers of the inaugural MoHu Festival, which took place Oct. 8-16 throughout the Capital Region, have completed their count. And they've met their goal of at least 50,000 people attending MoHu events. An estimated 52,272 people turned out for festival events that featured music, dance, theater, comedy, poetry and visual arts, says Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors. The number is estimated, because in many cases the events were not ticketed, so venue operators estimated attendance. "If nothing else, people in the region ought to go, 'Really? More than 50,000 people went to arts events of one kind or another over the course of a week?'" Morris says. "That should shake people's minds up. At least I would hope so." MoHu refers to the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, and the festival was designed to increase awareness of the diversity and quality of the arts in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. The MoHu website listed 37 pages of events involving more than 50 arts groups. "I think we accomplished what we wanted to," says Robert Altman, president and CEO of WMHT Educational Telecommunications. "We wanted to gather attention to the arts community. And we wanted to give the arts community opportunities to work together and model some cross-river collaborations.'' "I think we saw that happen. And I hope that we'll see more interesting and exciting collaborations from arts organizations in the community and obviously greater opportunities for the consumers to experience them.'' "Exactly what they're going to turn out to be, gosh, I don't know. But that's part of the excitement." Altman says that on one visit to the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Troy Night Out he saw art on the walls, a performance by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and the Capital Repertory Theatre's visiting production of "The Telltale Heart" and excerpt from "Pure Poe." "In the course of an hour I got to see three totally distinct institutions from the region," Altman says. Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, producing artistic director of Capital Repertory Theatre, also praised collaborations MoHu inspired. While presenting the show at the arts center as well as the play "Superior Donuts" at CapRep, she also hosted singers and The Mop & Bucket Co. in CapRep's lobby. "To have those things going on in our lobby with us over at the arts center, I felt good about being an artistic citizen for MoHu," she says. "When I saw the list of everything going on, it gave me pause. It made me realize just how much art goes on here, like, 'Wow, that's a lot of stuff.' "What I take out of the experience is that you have to commit to it, you can't just be a naysayer. If we want it to work, we all have to do it. It was a start, the start of people being aware of the arts. Was it perfect? No, it was not. But it was a first step." Organizers say they've learned lessons for next year's festival: It wasn't a good idea to hold the Albany, Troy and Schenectady Art Nights on the same night, because they detracted from each other; it might be better not to hold the festival over Columbus Day weekend, when many people travel; MoHu needs better media outreach; it needs business partners, so it will have more money for marketing; it needs a couple of big events to attract attention, and it needs to find a way to involve the smaller venues and individual artists to a greater degree. Reach Tom Keyser at 454-5448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/MoHu-meets-its-mark-2250753.php...