Oscar Wilde reclining with Poems, by Napoleon Sarony in New York in 1882.

Something Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest in Woodstock

Times certainly have changed since Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest first opened in London in 1895. The spoof of Victorian manners was a huge hit; but the gay playwright had…

Denise Summerford, David Simpatico (back), Kenneth Kyle Martinez (front) and Molly Renfroe Katz in the finale of Half Moon Theatre’s Side by Side by Sondheim, running through April 5. (photo by Jennifer Kiaba)

Poughkeepsie’s Half Moon Theatre delivers slick, tuneful Side by Side by Sondheim

People with tweens or teens in their lives these days may be getting a little tired by now of hearing them obsess over the songs from Disney’s Frozen – especially the leather-lunged, Oscar-winning…

Saoirse Ronan as Agatha in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Infectious confection: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

  Films by Wes Anderson are such a challenge to describe to the uninitiated. At the same time that I want to grab you by the lapels and insist that you go out…

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Soaring achievement: Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece

Forget Frozen. I know, that’s difficult to do if you’ve got a teenager in the house, singing the songs from its score at the top of her lungs. The tuneful Disney Ice Capades-prototype…

Professor Herbert Terrace with Nim Chimpsky in car as seen in Project Nim (photo by Susan Kuklin)

Planet of the ape researchers: Project Nim this Sunday in Rhinebeck

What, irreducibly, makes us human? Is it language? But clearly, animals have their own ways of communicating with others of their own species. Is it the ability to use language in ways that…

Guy Fawkes mask (photo by Ben Fredericson)

An explosive plot: Equivocation at Unison in New Paltz

The drama of last year’s positive DNA identification of a skeleton dug up from a Leicester parking lot as the remains of King Richard III made many of us aware for the first…

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National Theatre’s War Horse screens in Rhinebeck & Rosendale

So you’ve seen the Steven Spielberg film, and you’ve wondered how in the world a story of such epic scale could have been rendered onstage – garnering wild critical and popular acclaim, plus…

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You’re in Charge this Saturday at Upstate in Woodstock

If you’re old enough, you may remember actress Mary Kay Place as the wannabe country music star Loretta Haggers on the oddball 1970s TV soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – a role that…

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Ballet Hispanico at Bardavon this Saturday

What Alvin Ailey was to African Americans in terms of creating a meaningful presence in the world of ballet and modern dance, Tina Ramirez was to the Latino community in the US. The…

Anna and Harlan Hubbard

Payne Hollow & Turn of the Screw at Bard

Born in Kentucky at the beginning of the 20th century, Harlan Hubbard might have been accused by some of his contemporaries of living in the past, but he was actually way ahead of…

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