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Talented cast highlights Ti-Ahwaga’s engaging ‘Bright Star’

Reviewed by George Basler Filled with catchy up-tempo songs and heartfelt ballads, Bright Star is a musical that proudly wears its heart on its sleeve. That emotion is on full display in a splendid production that opened this past weekend (Oct. 4-6) at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in [...]

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Masterful performances highlight ‘The Sea Horse’ at CRT

Reviewed by Katherine Karlson Chenango River Theatre finishes up its 2019 season with a soul-searing yet satisfying two-person drama that speaks to the redemptive power of love and trust, Edward J. Moore's The Sea Horse. At first glance, the play, directed by Bill Lelbach, appears to be a maritime [...]

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BPO, Beethoven shine in season opener

Reviewed by Tony Villecco The Binghamton Philharmonic launched its more-than-year-long Beethoven Project Saturday (Sept. 28) to a very welcoming audience at The Forum, 236  Washington St., Binghamton. Skillfully navigated by its musical director, Daniel Hege, this fine orchestra offered crisp and vigorous playing of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, op.21 [...]

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‘Mockingbird’ earns standing ovation at EPAC

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri “Miss Jean Louise.  Stand up.  You’re father’s passing.” This is one of the most powerful and memorable lines from Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and it never fails to elicit an emotional response. It happened again at [...]

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S.T.A.R.’s ‘Mastergate’ is timely, hilarious

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri If you are a news junkie who plans your vacation or sick days around the next televised congressional hearing, or sets your DVR to keep abreast of the political news of the day, Larry Gelbart’s Mastergate, A Play on Words is for you. Gelbart, you’ll [...]

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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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