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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Entertainment

Re: “Rainbow Theater Festival presents

Tickets may be purchased online at We also have a policy where we will never refuse admission to a patron for an inability to pay the ticket price. Contact Bread & Water Theatre at 585.271.5523 for details.

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Posted by JR Teeter on 10/29/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

Nick, I couldn't agree more. It isn't the story that's flawed. As you say, the original production has lasted since 1986.

Doglanta, on November 25 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the principal actors will be replaced, INCLUDING Cooper Grodin.

The Phantom will be played by Chris Mann
The principal Christine will be Katie Travis
Raoul will be played by Storm Lineberger

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Posted by Sally Scheef 1 on 10/26/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

OK, just got back from the Phantom show tonight in Atlanta and I have to say I hated it. Well not all of it but a lot of it. I thought Julia Udine did a good job as Christine, and I thought the stage scenery was better than I thought it would be for a touring version of the show. But, the actor playing the Phantom, Cooper Grodin, was absolutely terrible. It was almost as if he had never actually heard the songs before. He seemed to rush through his lines and songs. Sometimes the songs sounded like he was just shouting words instead of singing. He really ruined the show for me. My daughter said he sounded like he was doing a Saturday Night Live parody of the Phantom, and not a very good one either. The show was not a total loss but it was by far the worst of the 6 version of it I have seen. Disappointing. Plus, unfortunately the sound at the Atlanta Fox Theater was really bad. Many people were commenting out loud that they could not hear the actors let alone understand what they were saying. There were also some key Phantom elements missing from there show such as Christine de-masking the Phantom. How can you remove that from this show? This version of the show may not seem as bad for someone who has never seen the show before but if you have seen the original show chances are you will feel cheated.

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Posted by Doglanta on 10/26/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Emerging artists 2014

Thank you, this is an excellent feature.

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Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 10/23/2014 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "Bad Jews" at JCC CenterStage

RocTheStage, thank you for the note. The story has been updated.

Posted by Jake Clapp on 10/22/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Tapping back in

Another special would be great for people like myself, who are not able to see him live. I hope it really happens!

Posted by Purple1 on 10/22/2014 at 4:22 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "Bad Jews" at JCC CenterStage

Great review! Just one thing - Chai is NOT a Hebrew letter - it's a Hebrew word consisting of two Hebrew letters. Important distinction in the play and otherwise.

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Posted by RocTheStage on 10/21/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Theater Review: “Diversions and Delights” at MuCCC

Bravo, Peter!

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Posted by Alan Frost on 10/05/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “CITY's 2014 Festival Preview Guide

Don't forget about the 18th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival, held this November 15th. For more details, see

Posted by Christopher Mead on 09/10/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “New waves

Anyone with conservative/libertarian views is welcome to do a show on Rochester Free Radio(WRFZ 106.3). Liberals/Progressives are also welcome. Just no hate speech.

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Posted by Chuck McCoy on 08/31/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Wild wood

So talented!

Posted by Debbie Degnan Herb on 08/29/2014 at 10:32 PM

Re: “New waves

For anyone who would like an update on this article, Radio MuCCC (now known as WAYO 104.3 FM) recently launched an Indiegogo campaign and is taking donations at !

Additionally, WAYO is taking applications from anyone who would like to host a show. Aspiring DJs can apply online at .

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Posted by Arthur Bond on 08/26/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 7: “This May Be the Last Time”

The end sex scene between Bill and Sookie reminded me of a line from a Patton Oswalt bit.

"He lays on top of his beloved like a pile of laundry on top of another pile of laundry..."

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Posted by Kara Austin on 08/04/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “THEATER | "Witness of Kitty Genovese"

Yes, except that's a myth. The idea that people did not intervene was invented by newspaper reporters wishing to spread the blame from the sick animal who killed Genovese -- Winston Moseley, a murderer-rapist, in that order btw, out hunting a white female, specifically, to rape and murder that night. Sociologists eager to invent the phenomenon of social anomie latched onto the story -- a fable, really, and gave it life in academia, where facts really don't matter as much a political beliefs.

The play's "quotes" are likely from the recent whitewashing, attention-seeking book that wildly decontextualizes testimony and ignores all inconvenient facts in order to push the discredited Times version of events.

Moseley briefly caught Miss Genovese on a public street and stabbed her, but she managed to break free and crawl around to an alley where the main attack occurred -- with no witnesses, and then she perished in her apartment hallway. Many who heard the initial, brief confrontation saw only an empty street after she escaped Moseley and he quickly left the scene in his car -- many thus reasonably assumed a personal fight was resolved because they heard and saw little or nothing. Moseley then parked elsewhere and walked back and confronted Miss Genovese in an alley, a private place, not the street. She was too wounded to fight back much. Only one witness, her friend, had a good view of the crime at its end, inside the building. Drunk, in shock, and terrified that the killer might harm him, this sole real witness crawled over a roof, alerted a friend, and then called the police.

AM Rosenthal of the Times let his reporters make the whole story up so they could avoid an unpleasant race narrative at a time of racial tension and could blame society, not the offender, for Moseley's crimes ( a priority of the elitist, social-theory-besotted Times), which included other brutal rapes of black women. They shamelessly went on to continue to blame Genovese's innocent neighbors and advocate for Moseley's release from prison despite the fact that he is a serial corpse rapist and murderer and despite a vicious escape involving serious injuries and more rapes. they did so for two reasons: to conceal their lies and to advance their preening pleasures that he "took college classes" behind bars. Repugnant. The real cowardly witness story here is the 40-year deceptions, lies, and hatreds for ordinary people and female victims, particularly white victims of interracial crimes, that flourished at the Times, where, ironically, no whistleblowers have ever had the integrity to speak up. Someone should take a little stroll down that "street" of cowards and write a play about that.

Ordinary people subjected to crime have always been the most hated "others" -- and it's always open season on the among the literati and the elite media. Thus the pleasure many take in the bystander syndrome myth -- though propaganda is a better term for it.

So, enjoy your little drama. You are lying about horrific truths and demeaning human loss in order to advance self-serving politics. Clap clap.

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Posted by Tina Trent on 07/28/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “THEATER | "Witness of Kitty Genovese"

Thank you for the catch, Marisa. The choice has been corrected.

Posted by Jake Clapp on 07/23/2014 at 9:02 AM

Re: “THEATER | "Witness of Kitty Genovese"

Clarification, this show starts Friday July 25th.

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Posted by Marisa on 07/23/2014 at 6:32 AM

Re: “THEATER | Bonnie & Clyde

This show was the most professional show I have ever seen. There are two more shows, today at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow a matinee at 2:00. Don't miss Bonnie and Clyde. I guarantee you will be blown away!

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Posted by Linnie Brown on 07/12/2014 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Portrait of a new city

While I am a huge fan of Wall Therapy, and am excited to once again be able to see murals go up and talk to artists, I am again disappointed that the Rochester artists picked for murals were once again ones who have worked with the Sweet Meat Co. in the past. It seems that in the past several years, they have either been from SMC, or are have been in shows with them, and that’s not to say that they aren't talented (I'm a huge fan of Shawnee's in particular), but there are so many talented artists in Rochester, and many of them are outside of this particular circle.
Wall Therapy pushes so many boundaries, and seems to pick so many varied artists from outside the city; it seems only natural that they would try to do the same with those they choose from their home base.

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Posted by Greta on 07/10/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Portrait of a new city

Last year's event was fun for us viewers, trying to find all the art (there is still some I haven't found) and watching the artists' different techniques. Offering sympathy for the hot weather occurring last year was universal. If there's a theme, it may be more accessible, but I still expect some mind-stretching work.

Posted by Gaylon Arnold on 07/10/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Portrait of a new city

Everyone in Charlotte assumes that the one on the side of Steel River is Karl Marx. I've never known Charlotte to ever have been a fishing village, but I could be wrong.

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Posted by johnny on 07/09/2014 at 8:07 PM

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