Broome Arts Mirror2022-01-27T13:28:24-05:00

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.

EPAC’s ‘Streetcar’ commendable though flawed

By George Basler Any list of America’s greatest plays is bound to have Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire near the top. The 1947 play, which charts the mental deterioration of its main character, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and later became a prize-winning movie. The play also [...]

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SRO’s ‘Bridges of Madison County’ is honest and thoughtful heartstring tugger

By George Basler The musical The Bridges of Madison County effectively pushes a lot of buttons in drawing an emotional response from its audiences. First, there’s a lush, melodic score by Jason Robert Brown. Second, there are two attractive and sympathetic lead characters. Third, there’s a heart-breaking love story [...]

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BU successfully takes on popular Sondheim musical

By George Basler A lot of words can be used to describe Stephen Sondheim: outstanding, brilliant, even genius. But “easy” is not a word that comes to mind. Not only are his musicals often challenging for mainstream audiences, but they also require a high level of skill to [...]

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Binghamton Philharmonic to serve up musical feast

By Katherine Karlson The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra will serve up a pre-Thanksgiving feast for the ear and imagination on Nov. 12 when Maestro Daniel Hege conducts the orchestra and featured soloists in a program titled Green Places. In contrast to what’s happening outside — the natural world moving into [...]

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Tragic memories chain characters to the past in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

By Katherine Karlson The weight of painful memories and their destructive impact on present lives comprises the dramatic core of A Streetcar Named Desire, which is the next stage offering of the EPAC Repertory Company at the Robert Eckert Theater in Endicott. Its four-day run begins Thursday (Nov. 10). [...]

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Tenor Villecco promises an ‘Enchanted Evening’

By Nancy Oliveri Lovers of songs from musical theater can enjoy a night out with one of Broome County’s best-known tenors, Tony Villecco, this weekend at the Cider Mill Stage, 2 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. The cabaret program “Some Enchanted Evening: An Evening of Broadway Songs” will be presented [...]

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Take a transformative journey ‘Into the Woods’ with BU’s Theatre Department

By Katherine Karlson The premise in of most fairy tales is that, by overcoming a great obstacle, you will live happily ever after. It ain’t necessarily so, as you may discover on a journey Into the Woods at Binghamton University’s Watters Theatre starting Friday (Nov. 4). The Stephen [...]

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‘Bridges of Madison County’ plucks heart strings in timeless tale

By Katherine Karlson Love and its loss is a tale that never grows old, no matter its time or place. Often tragic, it can also have an uplifting aspect, which SRO Productions III is bringing to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in the musical The Bridges of Madison County. [...]

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Hazmat Modine to bring jazzy musical stew to BU

By George Basler Hazmat Modine’s music is difficult to put in a box. The group’s foundation is American roots music, but the eight current members also incorporate Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz, African and Central Asian influences into their performances. That’s the way the octet's leader, Wade Schuman, likes it. “Music [...]

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‘Madness and The Medium’ to take audiences on haunting tour to the other side of TCO

By Katherine Karlson Are you brave enough to face madness and murder, followed by a spooky séance? Tri-Cities Opera is offering you the chills and thrills of an operatic haunted house when it presents Madness and The Medium at its Opera Center this coming weekend (Oct. 21-23). The two-part [...]

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Classic ‘Twilight Zone’ episode to be recreated through music and staged reading

By Katherine Karlson The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and Southern Tier Actors Read (S.T.A.R.) invite all Rod Serling fans to join them for a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. “Walking Distance,” the Binghamton-based Twilight Zone episode, will come to life at 7:30 p.m. [...]

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Madrigal Choir opens season with ‘Brilliant Brass!’

EDITOR's NOTE: Much thanks to George Loehmann of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton for providing this preview of the choir's season-opening concert. Brass, percussion, organ and choir: Let your ears ring! At 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 15), the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton will be joined by 10 brass and [...]

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CRT’s ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ delivers early Halloween treat

Reviewed by Katherine Karlson Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which opened Friday (Oct. 7) at the Chenango River Theatre is an ideal if creepy treat to savor as CRT's season closes ahead of Halloween. The play by Jeffrey Hatcher is adapted from the famous novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, [...]

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Ti-Ahwaga Players proudly display their campiness with ‘Rocky Horror Show’

By George Basler The Collins English Dictionary defines “camp” as U.S. slang for “banality, mediocrity, artifice, ostentation, etc. so extreme as to amuse or have a perversely sophisticated appeal.” And that’s pretty much what’s on display in The Rocky Horror Show, which opened Sept. 30 and will run weekends [...]

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Rising jazz star — and BU grad — to play the Anderson Center

By George Basler Camille Thurman is a rising star in the jazz world as both a tenor saxophonist and singer. She has shared stages with jazz and R&B aristocracy ranging from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Patti LaBelle and Alicia Keys. But Binghamton University will always [...]

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