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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.

Come to the ‘Cabaret:’ Ti-Ahwaga presents classic, but timely, musical

By George Basler When the musical Cabaret opened on Broadway in 1966, it broke with the conventions of the time. Moving past its lively music and dances, it featured a dark story about a society descending into the madness of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. The abrupt mood change [...]

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Binghamton Philharmonic to perform profound and beautiful Mozart masterpiece

By George Basler The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will tackle one of the masterworks of Western music this Sunday (Jan. 28) when it presents Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor at the Broome County Center for the Performing Arts (The Forum). “Any orchestral performance is a shared act of musical [...]

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BLAST to play politics for laughs in upcoming production at Cider Mill Stage

The headlines are depressing, our political system seems broken and polarization is rampant. So maybe it’s time to laugh. Maybe humor is in order to chase away the election year blues. BLAST (Bold Local Artists of the Southern Tier) is working to supply this humor by presenting The Outsider, [...]

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EPAC presents provocative ‘Vagina Monologues’

By George Basler Samantha Gurn is passionate about combating gender-based violence, a passion that was reinforced while she worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Scranton’s Cultural Centers. This strong feeling and sense of commitment led her to approach Pat Foti, artistic director of the Endicott Performing [...]

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Savoyards set auditions for spring comedy

Auditions for the Summer Savoyards’ spring comedy fundraiser, Dion Boucicault's London Assurance, will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church in Binghamton. Use entrance at 118 Oak St. Sides will be provided. Plot and character information is available [...]

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Peaches and Crime’s raucous new mystery debuting at Cider Mill Stage

By George Basler The Peaches and Crime musical ensemble will present its latest "You-Decide-Homicide" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott. The eight-member group features musicians who take up alter egos when performing in vintage outfits. Their original songs are written in [...]

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Local groups spread holiday cheer: Part 2

By George Basler the holiday season is filled with annual performances from local arts organizations. From pop and classical music to holiday-themed plays, the schedule is a full one designed to heighten your holiday spirit whatever your tastes. Last week, Broome Arts Mirror began highlighting some of those [...]

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BPO chamber series continues Dec. 3 at the Phelps

At 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 3), the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will continue its 2023-2024 Garufi Law P.C. Phelps Mansion Museum Series with a recital by operatic soprano Robin Johannsen and pianist Tomoko Kanamaru. Both internationally acclaimed artists, the duo will perform a program of art songs by women [...]

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Holiday season provides a rich menu of local performances

By George Basler The holiday season is filled with annual performances from local arts organizations. From pop and classical music to holiday-themed plays, the schedule is a full one designed to heighten your holiday spirit whatever your tastes. Broome Arts Mirror will be highlighting some of those events, [...]

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TCO postpones December production; remainder of season intact

By Barb Van Atta Tri-Cities Opera has postponed its upcoming production of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, which had been scheduled for Dec. 17 at the Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. Last Friday (Nov. 17), Syracuse.com reported that TCO’s sister company, Syracuse Opera, has canceled [...]

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BLAST’s ‘Thanksgiving Play’ skillfully pokes fun at cultural pretentiousness

By George Basler The great American playwright George F. Kaufman once said, "Satire is what closes on Saturday night." He was making the point that satire is difficult to perform, could be upsetting to an audience and is hard to market commercially. So, it takes some gumption for [...]

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KNOW Theatre to mark Playwrights Festival’s 20th anniversary

By George Basler The idea for KNOW Theatre's Playwrights & Artists Festival originated two decades ago during a conversation in a downtown Binghamton coffee shop. Jan Quackenbush, who taught playwriting at Broome Community College (now SUNY Broome), and Jim Gormley, who taught English, wanted a festival to honor [...]

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BU first to present Sri Lankan folk drama in U.S.

By George Basler   Sri Lanka has been called "the pearl of the Indian Ocean" for its climate, scenery and a rich cultural tradition that encompasses music, dance and the visual arts.   Southern Tier residents will have the opportunity to sample this culture when the Sri Lankan play Bera [...]

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