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Broome Arts Mirror – Local Theatre Reviews

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’s ‘Charlie Brown’ is pleasing fun for the whole family

Reviewed by George Basler Perky and amiable are words that describe You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, now mid-way into a two-weekend run at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott. While the show has no plot as such, it’s so good natured and pleasantly entertaining that it’s hard to resist. [...]

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Chenango River Theatre opens season with lively French farce

By George Basler The Chenango River Theatre in Greene is starting its 2024 season with a play that has earned a niche in Guinness World Records, the official site of record-breaking facts and achievements. In 1991, Guinness listed the play, Boeing Boeing, as the most performed French play in the [...]

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BLAST ends season with family-friendly ‘Charlie Brown’

By George Basler You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a show with proven staying power. First performed in 1967, the musical is based on the popular comic strip Peanuts, created by cartoonist Charles M. Schultz back in the 1950s.  A lot has happened since then, but the [...]

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TCO turns kids’ stories into operas

Tri-Cities Opera’s Pocket Opera Project returns tonight (Tuesday, May 14) to showcase a unique collaboration. Original stories by students from the Central New York region have been transformed into mini-operas by composition students in Binghamton University Department of Music and lyricists from KNOW Theatre. These new works will be [...]

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PresentArts program celebrates innovators

Big, Bold and Brave – Men and Women Whose Imagination and Innovation Inspired Our World will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday (May 10) at the Phelps Mansion Museum. 191 Court St., Binghamton. The program, written and directed by Judith Present, showcases the stories of charismatic historical notables whose larger-than-life [...]

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S.T.A.R. to stage classic Steinbeck story

By George Basler Judy McMahon remembers seeing the movie The Grapes of Wrath as a teenager and being emotionally riveted by the story of desperate migrants struggling to stay afloat during the Great Depression of the 1930s, while heading west to the "promised land" of California. What attracted her was [...]

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Binghamton Community Orchestra ends season with ‘Bravado and Beauty’

By George Basler Evan Meccarello hopes concert goers will “feel inspired by beauty from unexpected places” when they attend Saturday's Binghamton Community Orchestra concert. In keeping with this goal, the orchestra’s music director has planned a program that features two main centerpieces: a concerto featuring the tuba, an instrument [...]

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Philharmonic honoring superheroes at ‘Other Worlds’ concert

The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will end its 2023-24 season with a May 4 program featuring an array of superheroes from the DC and Marvel cinematic universes. The concert at the Broome County Forum Theatre in downtown Binghamton will highlight some of the greatest soundtracks from the genres of fantasy [...]

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Powerful acting fuels KNOW’s compelling look at a dysfunctional family

Reviewed by George Basler The dysfunctional working-class family at the heart of Edward Allan Baker’s play The Framer makes the Tyrones of Long Day’s Journey into Night look like Ozzie and Harriet. The title character, Ronnie, is dying of cirrhosis of the liver brought on by years of alcoholism. His tough-talking wife, Patsy, is [...]

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Community/school production tradition continues in Whitney Point

By George Basler Whitney Point Community-School Productions will continue a community tradition this coming weekend (April 19-20) with three performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the Whitney Point High School auditorium. For more than four decades, the group has offered biennial productions of classic Broadway musicals with [...]

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US Karagöz Theatre Company comes to SUNY Broome

The US Karagöz Theater Company is coming to SUNY Broome Community College this weekend (April 19 and 20). Members of the community are invited to a performance of The Forest of the Witch at 1 p.m. Saturday (April 20) in the SUNY Broome Angelo Zuccolo Little Theatre. The [...]

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Cider Mill Stage to screen award-winning local film

An award-winning film produced by local filmmaker Tim O’Hearn will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 19) at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott. The film, Showdown in Yesteryear, tells the story of Daryl, a down-on-his-luck wannabe cowboy, who stumbles upon and through a mysterious old door, unintentionally sending [...]

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Savoyards set auditions for summer production

Auditions for the Summer Savoyards’ upcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church 44 Main St., Binghamton (use the Oak Street entrance). Performances of the comic operetta [...]

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TCO to present classic comic opera

By George Basler Patrick Hansen uses the words “bubbly” and “fizzy” to describe Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville. “It’s not like sitting down to a huge heavy meal. It’s mostly desserts,” he said. Hansen, artistic director of Opera McGill in Canada, is the stage director [...]

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