About Us

Our History

Albany Civic Theater got its start in February 1955 when Marion Karczmar directed Blithe Spirit just nine months after the group’s first organizational meeting. The organizers filled the void left when Malcolm Atterbury closed The Playhouse, a professional theater on Lodge Street.

 

The Ilium Players of Troy united with the Albany Dramatic Group to form Albany Civic Theater after a chance meeting on Lodge Street in downtown Albany of Sally Wallenstein (later Mrs. Louis Fiordilino) of the Troy group and Martha J. Downey of the Albany group.

 

In 1957, A.C.T. moved to 115 Beaver Street and began using the second-floor space for storage and rehearsals. After months of work, the second floor was transformed to make a theater with 125 seats.

 

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller’s plan for an impressive series of office buildings south of the Capitol threatened to end A.C.T. abruptly, but then-President Jean Hoyt contacted City Hall. Council President Dick Conners, with the approval of Mayor Erastus Coming II, suggested we take a look at an old firehouse on Second Avenue.

 

The building did not inspire hope. Most people thought it was totally inappropriate, but a theater architect from the New York State Council on the Arts examined the building and made suggestions.

 

Louis Urbano built the stage, while Maureen “Mo” Dumas had a raked concrete floor installed. The seats came from the old abandoned Paramount Theater. The upstairs became dressing rooms, makeup area, wardrobe and an area for set construction. The coal bin became the box office.

 

The Man Who Came to Dinner, with A.C.T. veteran Lloyd Symansky directing, was the first play in our current home. It opened our 1964-65 season and ran for eight nights. The runs were later extended to three weekends. Seating was expanded to 99 and later to the current 126.

 

Our Mission

It is the intent of Albany Civic Theater to provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging, producing, reviewing, and other aspects of the dramatic arts.

 

We aim to encourage and foster community interest and participation in the dramatic arts through the non-profit sponsorship of plays, lectures, publications, workshops, study groups, drama libraries and related activities.

 

Box Office Information

Show times are as follows:

 

Thursday previews and Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30pm.

Sunday matinees begin at 3pm.

 

Our box office opens a half-hour prior to curtain. When the box office isn’t open, we have a voice mail system in place.

 

Reservations are encouraged. To reserve a seat, you can use our online reservation system, you will receive a confirmation email. Online reservations close two hours before curtain.  You can also call our box office at (518) 462-1297. We do also take walk-ins, but to guarantee we will have a seat for you, please reserve in advance.

 

Regular tickets are $18. Student tickets (with a valid ID) are $10.

 

Non-paid reservations not picked up by 15 minutes before curtain may be released for sale upon discretion of the box office manager.

 

Groups of 13 or more get a 20% discount. All group tickets must be paid for in advance.

 

Not-for-profit groups may purchase a special performance of any of our plays – usually Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm. The group buys the full 122 seats for $1000.00 ($8.20 per seat), and then re-sells the tickets for whatever price it sets. Groups can also buy 80 seats to a regular performance for $875.00, (if the number of subscriber seats permit it), and then re-sell them. Please make these arrangements at least 2 months in advance.

 

Please consider subscribing to Albany Civic Theater. Subscriptions for all four shows are only $54 – you see 4 shows for the price of 3. Subscribers can also exchange their tickets for any other performance and guarantee their seats for each performance. Please call the box office for more information or to subscribe for the season.

 

Please consider donating to Albany Civic Theater. Your donations help us continue to entertain and educate the Capital District! Donors of $10 or more a year become voting members at the annual meeting and get their names in the programs as well.

 

Albany Civic Theater has available a number of headsets for the hearing impaired. Please inquire at the box office for more information.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Mainstage productions are underlined.  Others included are Director’s and Playwright’s Showcases, and assorted readings.

 

1954 – 1955
Bessie or Life on the Farm
Blithe Spirit
The Orator: His First Case and Shanghai
Who Killed George Spelvin?
Uncle Harry

 

1955 – 1956

Mooney’s Kid Don’t Cry
Light Up the Sky
The Old Lady Shows Her Medals
The Happy Journey to Camden and Trenton
Macbeth (scenes)
The Little Foxes
The Common Clay Courtroom Burlesque
The Constant Wife (Act I)
The Marriage Proposal

 

1956 – 1957
Strange Bedfellows
The Man Who Courted January
The Gioconda Smile
Anniversary Waltz

 

1957 – 1958
Detective Story
Rope
Box and Cox (Act I)
Bell, Book and Candle (scene)
The Heiress
A Streetcar Named Desire (two scenes)
Ah, Wilderness
The Matchmaker

 

1958 – 1959
Boy Meets Girl
Season in the Sun
Pygmalion
The Corn is Green
Under Milk Wood (Act I)

 

1959 – 1960
The Teahouse of the August Moon
Summer and Smoke
The Devil and Daniel Webster
Ethan Frome
Hay Fever

 

1960 – 1961
Separate Tables
Auntie Mame
The Dancing Princesses
The Villain Still Pursued Her
Under the Gaslight

 

1961 – 1962
The Riddle
Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
Come Back, Little Sheba
The Human Voice

 

1962 – 1963

Sounds of Love
Archie and Mehitabel & Who Killed George Spelvin?
The Madwoman of Chaillot
A Majority of One
A Thurber Carnival
The Escape of Mr. TeeVey
A Resounding Tinkle & The Lesson
Broken Circle
Bells Are Ringing
The Twelve-Pound Look
Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn

 

1963 – 1964
Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?
A Hatful of Rain
Do a Revue
Boys at Large
The Visit

 

1964 – 1965
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn
Sorry, Wrong Number
The Rose Tattoo
Shakespeare’s Ages of Man
The Red Shoes
Gypsy
No Exit
The Anniversary
The Elephant Calf

 

1965 – 1966
Giovanni Bernadone
Caught in the A.C.T.
Come Blow Your Horn
Gin and Bitterness
The Imaginary Invalid
Don Juan in Hell
Becket
The Ugly Somethings

 

1966 – 1967
A Pound on Demand
An Italian Straw Hat
The Country Girl

Jack and the Beanstalk
The Pajama Game

 

1967 – 1968
Impromptu
The Zoo Story/The Bald Soprano
The Plain Princess
Little Mary Sunshine
Goodnight…Sweet Dreams
The Odd Couple

 

1968 – 1969
Infinite Deal of Nothing
The Boys from Syracuse
The Valiant & The World of Sholom Aleichem
All My Sons
Any Wednesday
The Wizard of Oz

 

1969 – 1970
Suddenly Last Summer
Catch Me if You Can
Who Killed George Spelvin?
Rashomon
Lovers – Losers & Winners
Guys and Dolls

 

1970 – 1971
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Emperor’s New Clothes
The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window
The Little Match Girl
Don’t Drink the Water
Riverwind
The Glass Menagerie

 

1971 – 1972
Line
Little Me
The Happy Time
The Browning Version
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
When in the Course of Human Events We Elect a President

 

1972 – 1973
The Best Man
A Message from Cougar
Wait Until Dark
What the Butler Saw
Stop the World I Want to Get Off
The Land of the Dragon

 

1973 – 1974
Fumed Oak
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

Gertrude Stein’s First Reader
The Gazebo
Ladies in Retirement
Where’s Charley?
Feifferisms

 

1974 – 1975

Toys in the Attic
Alice in Wonderland
The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild
Slam the Door Softly
The Rope Dancers
Sunday in New York

 

1975 – 1976
The Worlds of Shakespeare
Kiss Me Kate
Twigs
The Golden Days of Radio
Anne of the Thousand Days
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Touch of Rodgers

 

1976 – 1977
Next
A Case of Libel
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
A Touch of Rodgers
The Hostage

Lady on the Rocks
Cabaret

 

1977 – 1978
The Visitor from Forest Hills (from Plaza Suite)
Dial M for Murder
Cinderella
Anastasia
I Do! I Do!
The Belle of Amherst

 

1978 – 1979
The Bad Seed
Pinocchio
The Fantasticks
Absurd Person Singular
The Shadow Box

 

1979 – 1980
A.C.T. Re-Discovered
Follies
The Price
Beauty and the Beast
The Guardsman
Play Without Words

 

1980 – 1981
110 in the Shade
Tom Sawyer
Night Must Fall
Ladyhouse Blues
The Good Doctor

 

1981 – 1982
The Fourth Day
Da
Women of Ireland
Mr. Scrooge
Who Killed George Spelvin?
Ninotchka
Something Left Behind
The Color Scheme
Three Blind Mice
Only the Female Bites
Emissary
On Golden Pond
Exit, Pursued By a Bear
Double Vision
Emma – Portrait of a Rebel

 

1982 – 1983
Fanny
Scenes from a Marriage
The Abdication
The House of Blue Leaves
Heaven Can Wait

 

1983 – 1984
Once in a Lifetime
Awake and Sing
The Deadly Game
Romantic Comedy

 

1984 – 1985
Man of La Mancha
Crimes of the Heart
Veronica’s Room

A Tribute to Hank Maloy
The Lady’s Not for Burning
F.M.
Aria Da Capo
The Real Thing (scene)

 

1985 – 1986
Theatre Row
Knickerbocker Holiday
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Deathtrap
Home Free
A Separate Peace
The Exercise

 

1986 – 1987
Doonesbury
‘Night, Mother
The Dresser
The Foreigner
Prison Fare
MacKAY
Shear Heaven

 

1987 – 1988
Biloxi Blues
5th of July
Born Yesterday
Equus
Finders Keepers
Spoon River (selections)
Lone Star

 

1988 – 1989
Private Lives
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Life in the Theatre
The Passion of Dracula
Laundry and Bourbon
Talking With… (selections)

 

1989 – 1990
Loot
Bus Stop
The Actor’s Nightmare & Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You
California Suite
A…My Name is Alice (Act I)
Black Comedy

 

1990 – 1991
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
The Lion in Winter
Getting Out
Tribute
White Lies
The Shock of Recognition

 

1991 – 1992
Broadway Bound
Terra Nova
Eastern Standard
The Glass Menagerie
A Chance Meeting
Elegy for a Lady
The Marriage Proposal

 

1992 – 1993
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Where in the World is the Seventh Dwarf?
The Heidi Chronicles
Pajama Tops
The Lison Traviata
On Tidy Endings
At Home
The Happy Journey to Camden and Trenton
Dead

 

1993 – 1994
The Women
The Wiz
Bent
The Incredible Jungle Journey of Fenda Maria
I Hate Hamlet
Black History Celebration
A Piece of My Heart
Crossing Delancey
The Valentine Fairy
Haiku
The Little Foxes (Act I)

 

1994 – 1995
Oliver
The Empire Builder
Popeye Cantfield
Timber
Anonymous
Bets Booze and Lobotomies
Dam at Passion River
Angel Street

The Women

Hackshaw’s Dog
Fools
The Calendar Club Convention
Talk Radio
It’s Only a Play
Trifles
Sure Thing
Job Interview

 

1995 – 1996
Pippin
Prisoners of Destiny
Unmentionables
Chock Full of Nuts
Anton and Olga
Hopeless Romantics
Sly Fox
The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet
Jeffrey
A Bright Room Called Day
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Sisters Rosensweig
Goodbye, Howard
The Sandbox
Noon

 

1996 – 1997
Guys and Dolls
Stuck
Mequessat by the Sea
Unexpected Company
All in the Timing
Catch-22
The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet
Prelude to a Kiss
The Art of Dining
Love Letters
The Fear of Heaven
The Other Five Percent
The Eye of the Beholder

 

1997 – 1998
Impassioned Embraces
Saul’s Play
Good Fences
Ghost Dancers
The Wishing Game
Judas
Don Juan in Chicago
Lend Me a Tenor
Nellie Bly
The Little Foxes

And All That Jazz
Love! Valour! Compassion!
New York Actor
‘dentity Crisis

 

1998 – 1999

And All that Jazz                         

Weekend Hunting                      

The Next Thing I Knew                     

The Buddha in the Bear                       

Lonely Planet

The Cemetery Club
Kindertransport
The Pope and the Witch
Nellie Bly

 

1999 – 2000

Accused

God’s Image

Terminal Travel

A Scene of Margiolds

Video Games

American Dream
Six Degrees of Separation
The Public Eye & the Lover
Rainmaker

Medicine

Rash

The Recovering Male

A Gaggle of Saints

Woman and Wallace

 

2000 – 2001
Turn of the Screw
Nuncrackers

American Dream
Gross Indecency
P.S. Your Cat is Dead

Who Am I This Time

 

2001 – 2002
Working
The Snow Queen
Royal Gambit
Flesh and Blood
Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

 

2002 – 2003
Betty’s Summer Vacation

The Halloran Treatment
Good

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Criminal Hearts

A Betrothal

Nuts (Act I)

Lover’s Leap

 

2003 – 2004
Zombie Prom
Seeing Stars
Speaking in Tongues
Revelation
Marge and Melvin
Picnic
Cloud Nine
Escape by Night
Two Rooms
The Andersonville Trial

 

2004 – 2005

Test Drive

Blithe Spirit
The Mousetrap
A Streetcar Named Desire

Great Americans of the Twentieth Century

Barefoot in the Park
Sure Thing
The Philadelphia
Variations on the Death of Trotsky
Dolly Madison: Hostess to History
The Greatest Americans of the Twentieth Century

 

 

2005 – 2006

Naked from the Wrist Down                         

Lily and the Goddess

Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror
Bell, Book and Candle
Suddenly Last Summer
The Taming of the Shrew
The Thirteen Colonies
Waiting for Philip Glass
Boy Meets Girl

 

2006 – 2007

Bella Sera
Habit
Sherlock Solo

Murder by Poe
Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Frumpled Fairy Tales
The Cripple of Inishmaan
Of Mice and Men
The Return of Spacebird

 

2007 – 2008
And Then There Were None
Three Viewings
Hay Fever
Inherit the Wind
Wanda’s Visit

 

2008-2009

Cruising
Worlds of Shakespeare
Time After Time
Keely and Du
A Man for All Seasons
The Hot L Baltimore
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged (Act II)

 

2009-2010

On the Winsome
The Hollow
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
The Merchant of Venice
Our Town
Fool for Love
Disappearing Act

 

2010-2011
The Complete History of America (Abridged)
Plaza Suite
Proof
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I’m Herbert

 

2011-2012

The Happiest Place on Earth
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Faith Healer
Rumors
The Farnsworth Invention

No Shoulder

Finger Foods

 

2012-2013

Kids, No Pets, Maybe Whores

Twelfth Night
The Shape of Things
The Laramie Project
The Oldest Profession

Who Murdered Who?

 

2013-2014

Perspective III – Cantata for Two Voices and Horn
Single Room Occupancy

Big Maggie

‘Night Mother

All My Sons

Boeing, Boeing

Not Any Little Girl

 

2014-2015

Another Day in Paradise
The Residue

Man From Nebraska

The 39 Steps

Proposals

60th Anniversary Cabaret

The Night of the Iguana

Colored Museum

 

2015-2016

The Air
Godmother

Angel Street

Looking for Normal

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

 

2016-2017

Thirsty Elephants

This Card Crosses the Questionner

Americana

Unplugged

The Best Man

Wonderful World

Grand Concourse

A Shot in the Dark