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By Steve Barnes/The Times Union

A gentle plea for everyday folk, the sort who make do with little, don't ask for more and have good souls even if they don't always show it, "The Trip to Bountiful" is a self-consciously sensitive play. Its squicky sentimentality always verges on getting out of control.

Horton Foote's script, which originated as a teleplay in the 1950s, strives for a simple poetry. Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, who directed the production of "Bountiful" that runs at Capital Repertory Theatre through mid-May, finds as much of it as she can, and if the themes resonate with you, the emotional wallop can feel akin to a timpani being struck. READ MORE

By PAUL LAMAR/For The Daily Gazette

Near the beginning of Act II of “The Trip to Bountiful,” Mrs. Carrie Watts (Barbara N. Howard) gets heartbreaking news that drew a collective gasp from Wednesday night’s audience. Such is the power of Horton Foote’s play and the fine production at Cap Rep.

The 1953 script is a study of one woman’s navigation through this vale of tears. And it quickly becomes apparent that everyone we meet is also trying to navigate....READ MORE

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and oft-performed plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a lighthearted romantic comedy that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. In an Athenian forest, forbidden lovers, quarrelling fairies and a group of slow-witted laborers all become the foils of the mischievous Puck and his magical love potion. Before the night’s over, a laborer is given the head of a donkey, the fairy queen falls in love with him, and the humans’ love triangle becomes a giant knot. But by morning, everyone is blessed with a happy ending, and the lovers marry. Huzzah! On-the-GO! are youth oriented, fully realized and professional productions aimed to complement school curriculums. The public performances are presented in conjunction with our education department.

By Gianluca Russo/For

Who knew that a show based upon President Kennedy's promise to get a man on the moon could be so entertaining, humorous, and, to put it simply, magnificent? The Blue-Sky Boys, which opened Tuesday at the Capital Repertory Theatre, is written by Deborah Brevoort, under the direction of Gordon Greenberg. Read More.

By Richard DiMaggio/ For

Because I’m a ‘bottom line’ type of guy, here’s the bottom line on “The Blue-Sky Boys” playing at the Capital Rep until April 11th: It’s one of the funnest, funniest and best plays I’ve seen in a long, long time.

I’ll make it easier than that: Don’t change a single line, a single word, a single character or even a single costume. This is one of the few plays that has been created to perfection right out of the box. The special effects, too, are simply superb,  complementing the scenes brilliantly, with dynamic lighting, sound effects and scenery. Quite frankly, "The Blue-Sky Boys" is a potpourri of excellence all across the board. Read More.

By Matthew G. Moross /For The Daily Gazette
Imagine — or “blue sky”, if you will — that the “brains on a stick” scientists from The Big Bang Theory were involved in the planning and design of the Apollo manned space mission of the 1960s. Thanks to playwright Deborah Brevoort’s whimsical mash-up of discovery, history and comic book heroes you really don’t need to. She has captured that it all, creating an entertaining and winning evening of theater.  Read more.

Join us at 6:30 - NEW TIME! - before the show for a dynamic presentation with Maggie and Mike Fogel! Mike is the VP of Technology for Hearst Newspapers and will be talking about Saturn Rockets and space exploration. Mike is a space aficiondao, rocket enthusiast, and applicant to the NASA astronaut program. The pre-show discussion is free to all ticket holders, so we hope you will join us for this special event.


The Times Union review by Steve Barnes  
By turns funny, brainy and magical, the space-race play "The Blue-Sky Boys," receiving its second professional production at Capital Repertory Theatre, is intergalactically rewarding despite covering a round-trip distance of less than half a million miles. Overflowing with playfulness and humor, Deborah Brevoort's comedy, under the witty, exuberant direction of Capital Rep vet Gordon Greenberg and starring an expert cast, addresses material comprehensively dealt with before in many forms and media: that tense period between May 25, 1961, when President Kennedy vowed to put an American on the moon by the end of the decade, and 6:18 p.m. GMT on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 and its astronauts settled onto the lunar surface. Read More.

Bring a young friend and come early to the show for Hands-On Science and Discussion with an Astronomer from miSci. Student tickets are only $16! The fun begins at 12:30 pm, matinee is at 2:00 pm.

For more Special Events and to buy tickets for The Blue-Sky Boys, click here.

Come celebrate the rich scientific and technological landscape of the Capital Region!

theREP is putting science center stage. Capital Repertory Theatre, Proctors, miSci and area partners have put together an exciting schedule of events to shine the light on science and innovations here in our area and beyond.

Apollo 13 at GE Theatre at Proctors – March 14

Run time: 140 minutes (2 hr. 20 min)

Showtimes: 1:30pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm

"Houston, we have a problem."  Though it had been less than a year since man first walked on the Moon, the Apollo 13 mission was thought routine until these five words pierced the immense void of space.  Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert (Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon) fight a desperate battle to survive as the heroic Mission Control ground crew - led by Ken Mattingly and Gene Kranz (Gary Sinese and Ed Harris) - race against time and odds to bring them home.  Ron Howard directs.


Opening Night of The Blue-Sky Boys – a Regional Premiere by Deborah Brevoort, directed by Gordon Greenberg – Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 pm

Join us for pre-show music from Justin Friello, a gallery of student art inspired by the play, and a post-show reception with champagne and dessert provided by Bella Napoli Bakery.


Make Science a Family Event – Bring a young person to theREP to experience science first-hand with the experts from miSci (Museum of Science and Innovation)

Sunday, March 20 at 12:30 (Matinee follows at 2 pm)

miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) partners with theREP for a pre-show science extravaganza, including hands-on science activities and a short discussion with Dr. Valerie Rapson, the Outreach Astronomer from miSci and the Dudley Observatory. Your special ticket price includes all pre-show activities, space-themed snacks, and a ticket to the show ($22 children 17 and under, $40 adults; some restrictions apply; regular tickets are available for just the show at 2 pm).  Perfect for kids age 10 and up. Use code SCIENCE online or at the Box Office – 518-445-SHOW.


Chef’s Table hosted by 677 Prime

Tuesday, March 22  - With light fare and cash bar before the show, this event will be out of this world.



Wed., March 23 –Join Maggie and her special guest, Mike Fogel, VP Technology Development at Hearst Newspaper, space enthusiast, and applicant to the NASA astronaut program. 

Wed., March 30  – Join Maggie and a special guest to talk about The Blue-Sky Boys, innovation, imagination, and exploration.  

Both pre-show discussions at 6:30 are free for all ticket-holders to the evening performance.



Saturday, April 2  from 1:30 – 2:45 (matinee of The Blue-Sky Boys at 3:00 pm)

Get your troop together and join us for pre-show science activities and badge work, then enjoy the show. Contact Heather Rutski at for more information and to register your troop. Special pricing is available.


MEET ASTRO-PHYSICIST DR. HEIDI JO NEWBERG, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at RPI

Sunday, April 3 – Come Behind-the-Scenes with Maggie AND our special guest, Dr. Heidi Jo Newberg for a family-friendly discussion about astronomy, innovation, and exploration. Perfect for families with children age 10 and up. Join us at 12:30 for light refreshments from Cider Belly Donuts, then the discussion at 12:45 – note the new time! Matinee begins at 2:00 pm. Free to all ticket holders.


Neil deGrasse Tyson at Proctors

Monday, April 11, 8 pm

Dr. Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and is the former host of NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS. He makes his debut at Proctors in Schenectady for a night of science and live audience Q&A. Tickets are on sale now; call (518) 346-6204 or online at