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Broome Arts Mirror

The Broome Arts Mirror is a group of volunteers affiliated with the Broome County Arts Council who write previews and reviews about local performances and arts shows. For inquiries, including having someone review your local production, please contact us at bamirror@broomearts.org.

BLAST to present Billie Holiday’s life and legend at Cider Mill Stage

By George Basler Bold Local Artists of the Southern Tier (BLAST) is offering a change of pace in its next production, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, opening March 1 for a two-weekend run at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott. The play, written by Lanie Robertson, is a [...]

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BU opera students offer laughter and tears

Binghamton University Voice and Opera will present Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at 7:30 p.m. today (Feb. 23) and 3 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 25) in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall on campus. Admission is $10 ($5 for seniors and free for students); visit https://andersoncenter.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/. Stage director for the [...]

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Let Philharmonic Pops brighten your weekend

Beat back the winter doldrums Saturday (Feb. 24) at “Pops at the Forum” as the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops present bright, brassy favorites from stage, screen and your favorite rock radio channel. On the program are such classics as Wagner’s "Ride of the Valkyries" and Rimsky-Korsakov’s "Flight of the [...]

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Singers’ Collective concert features Vaughan Williams Mass

On Saturday (Feb. 24), the Southern Tier Singers’ Collective, will present “Arches in Sound,” a choral concert highlighted by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor. This soaring work for double choir will take full advantage of the impressive acoustics of St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton. Also on the [...]

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S.T.A.R. to immerse Phelps Mansion in Shakespeare

By George Basler Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s classic play of “star crossed lovers,” has entranced audiences for centuries. Over the next few weeks, however, their courtship won’t take place on the streets of Verona, but in the rooms and hallways of the Phelps Mansion Museum in downtown Binghamton. [...]

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BU guest director guides student actors to their Chekhov debuts

By George Basler Bringing Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters “fully alive” for modern audiences is the goal that Will Pomerantz has set for himself as he directs a production of the classic play at Binghamton University. The drama opens Feb. 22 in BU's Watters Theater. Pomerantz has cut some minor [...]

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KNOW Theatre actors shine in thorny play about relationships

Reviewed by George Basler The play Becky Shaw opened this past weekend(Feb.  9-11)  five days before Valentine’s Day at KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton. While this is probably coincidental, it’s fitting, because the play focuses on the dating scene and the sometimes tumultuous relationships between men and women. Don’t expect [...]

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Ti-Ahwaga’s ‘Cabaret’ is stunning production of a classic musical

Reviewed by George Basler The events in Cabaret occurred 90 years ago. The musical premiered nearly six decades ago in 1966. But it’s in no way a museum piece. Instead, its theme of a malevolent political party coming to power by exploiting hatred of “the other” remains disturbingly relevant. [...]

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Binghamton Community Orchestra to perform inventive work by major Finnish composer

By George Basler When Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara passed away in 2016, Forbes magazine called him “a giant of beauty,” who wrote mesmerizingly beautiful music.” While he’s less well-known in the United States, he’s considered the best-known Finnish composer after Jean Sibelius, said Evan Meccarello, music director of [...]

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TCO’s ‘Fantasticks’ offers new twist but classic sentiment

By George Basler The musical The Fantasticks is a classic example of an underdog that became a champion. The show opened Off-Broadway in 1960 to mixed reviews and virtually no advance sale. A quick closing seemed certain. But word of mouth saved the show. Audiences were entranced by the [...]

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Castalia String Quartet to perform at the Phelps

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will present a performance by the Castalia String Quartet at the Phelps Mansion Museum in downtown Binghamton. The concert is part of the orchestra's 2023-2024 Garufi Law P.C. Phelps Mansion Museum Series. The quartet, featuring violinists Uli Speth [...]

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KNOW Theatre to present black comedy about a blind date

KNOW Theatre is starting 2024 with Becky Shaw, a black comedy about a blind date that goes alarmingly off the rails. The play by Gina Gionfriddo premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2008 to positive reviews. An Off-Broadway run in New York followed, [...]

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Bulgarian orchestra bringing Beethoven to BU

The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, led by principal conductor Nayden Todorov, will perform three works by Beethoven at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts' Osterhout Concert Theater at Binghamton University. In 1945 the Sofia Philharmonic became the national orchestra of Bulgaria and [...]

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SRO offers lively message of acceptance with strong, engaging ‘The Prom’

Reviewed by George Basler The Prom is a musical that strives to be both flamboyantly humorous and emotionally heartfelt. That’s also the case with SRO Productions III’s lively and entertaining production, which opened this past weekend (Jan. 26-28) for a two-weekend run at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in [...]

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BLAST’s ‘The Outsider’ wins the vote with solid laughs

Reviewed by George Basler BLAST (Bold Local Artists of the Southern Tier) is pulling off a minor miracle with its latest production, The Outsider, which opened Jan. 26  for a two-weekend run at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott: It’s making politics funny. Imagine a political comedy that pokes [...]

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