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CRT’s ‘The Immigrant’ is heartwarming if, at time, predictable

Reviewed by George Basler The Immigrant, now playing at the Chenango River Theatre in Greene, was written more than 30 years ago, but it’s hard not to think about the current controversy over refugees as the play unfolds. First produced in 1985, Mark Harelik’s play, which runs through Sept. [...]

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SPARE’s original take on Holmes/Watson falls short despite actors’ efforts

Reviewed by Katherine Karlson SPARE Production’s latest offering, Haslop & Holmes: Art of the Steal, which opened Friday night (Aug. 16) in Owego, purports to “take its cues from film noir” as well as to “introduce the next generation of Holmes and Watson.” Instead, C. Alexander Park's original play [...]

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Strong singing abounds in Savoyards’ colorful ‘Yeomen’

Reviewed by Katherine Karlson This year’s annual offering from the Summer Savoyards is the darkest of all the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, but The Yeomen of the Guard is no less the enjoyable musical farce for all its grim emotional underpinnings. Stage Director William Clark Snyder and Music Director [...]

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CRT’s ‘Incident’ is a funny, engaging work

Reviewed by George Basler The Chenango River Theatre deserves credit for “truth in advertising.” The Greene-based company has billed its current production, Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, as a comedy with heart, and that pretty much sums it up. The play by Seattle-based playwright Katie Forgette is [...]

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KNOW finishes season with two complex and challenging plays

Reviewed by George Basler No one can accuse the KNOW Theatre of coasting into the lazy summer months. Instead, for its final production of the season, the downtown Binghamton theater is staging two one-act plays that seem certain to puzzle, challenge and/or frustrate audiences. Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter [...]

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Comedy, romance skillfully blended in Ti-Ahwaga’s ‘Wedding Singer’

Reviewed by Katherine Karlson Love is in the air in Owego, as the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players wrap up their current season with The Wedding Singer, a musical by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy with music by Matthew Sklar. It is based on the 1998 Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore movie. June [...]

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Fab Arts Company walks on the dark side with ‘A Steady Rain’

Reviewed by George Basler      A Steady Rain could be the biggest horror show that you’ll see all summer, but monsters, ghouls or zombies are nowhere in sight.      Instead the characters are two flawed, and floundering, Chicago policemen who battle their own demons in an urban dystopia filled [...]

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CRT presents smart, well-acted take on Ibsen update

Reviewed by George Basler Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece,  A Doll's House, ends with a shocker as Nora, the main character, walks out the door, leaving behind a suffocating marriage and abandoning three young children. Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 begins with Nora walking back through the door [...]

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BPO ends season right ‘en pointe’

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Daniel Hege, closed its 2018-2019 season (and Hege’s first season as conductor) on Saturday (May 11) with “A Night at the Ballet” -- minus toe shoes or tutus. According to Hege, in remarks introducing the [...]

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Actors’ scripts disappear in S.T.A.R.’s reading of ‘A Doll’s House’

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Don’t miss your opportunity to see how scripts in the hands of competent, talented actors all but disappear in a staged reading of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, presented by Southern Tier Actors Read (S.T.A.R.) and directed by Chris Nickerson. A series of readings opened [...]

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TCO presents strong, sprightly ‘Pinafore’

Reviewed by Sherri Strichman The Forum in downtown Binghamton hummed with excitement Sunday afternoon (April 28) for Tri-Cities Opera's single performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta H.M.S. Pinafore. From the downbeat, the orchestra was light and together under the direction of Joshua Horsch. Director Nicholas Wuehrmann had his leads [...]

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BU’s ‘Thebes’ is capable production but falls short of emotional payoff

Reviewed by George Basler Down through the ages, folly, pride and arrogance have led to disaster for a long parade of leaders. The Greeks knew all about this in the fifth century BC when Sophocles wrote his great tragedy Antigone. Unfortunately, it’s a lesson that people never seem to [...]

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KNOW Theatre’s ‘Blackbird’ is well-crafted, well-acted and … disturbing

Reviewed by George Basler The setting for David Harrower’s Blackbird is a soulless, trash-filled break room in an equally soulless company. The room is lit only by glaring fluorescent lights. In other words, the setting is a modern version of hell. That’s only fitting because the play’s two main [...]

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There’s still time to see intriguing exhibit by BU art faculty

Reviewed by Chris Bahr Attending the opening reception of the Binghamton University Department of Art & Design’s faculty exhibition was a very interesting and eclectic experience. Located in the Fine Arts Building’s Elsie B. Rosefsky Memorial Art Gallery (Room 259), this cross-section of work is a good introduction to [...]

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