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Reviewed by Lory Martinez This past weekend (April 24-26) audiences piled into Watters Theater at Binghamton University for Tartuffe, the classic French farce by Molière. The production, translated by Richard Wilbur and directed by Tom Kremer, is full of surprises, laughs and well-acted satire. As a student of French literature at BU, I am well-acquainted with Moliere’s work. His comedies have always been well-praised in France and abroad for their ability to be translated and performed before modern audiences with the same end result: uproarious laughter.  I was...
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Reviewed by Lory Martinez Last weekend (March 6-8), audiences piled into Binghamton University’s Watters Theater for the opening of Anne Brady’s production of Aaron Posner’s Stupid F##king Bird, loosely based on the Anton Chekov play The Seagull. The show, which addresses the nature of theater in a changing world, leaves one with a feeling of having seen something both incredibly absurd and thought-provoking. One of the best things about going to the theater is seeing a character we can relate to or seeing a scenario in which we can cast...
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By Lory Martinez This past Sunday (Feb. 8),  Binghamton University hosted the official U.S. premiere of The Rewrite, a film written and directed by BU graduate Marc Lawrence. The lighthearted romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei, is set in Binghamton, not the ever-popular New York City, thus putting our college town on the map for movie goers. Location filming occurred in 2013 in Broome County. In the days leading up to the Anderson Center screening,  there was what can only be called a lot of hullabaloo on campus. Bearcat Pride was everywhere....
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Reviewed by Lory Martinez Binghamton University’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical A Chorus Line, which focuses on the emotional journey of auditioning for the Broadway stage, premiered this past weekend to a full house at the Watters Theatre. The show, much beloved for decades, featured some BU’s top musical talent. To begin, one must consider that performing an award-winning musical is a huge undertaking. There are, undoubtedly, very high expectations from audience members who love the show and will laugh ,cry and even sing along at just...
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Reviewed by Lory Martinez Grammy Award-winning Saxophonist Branford Marsalis  wowed a packed house at Binghamton University's Anderson Center for the Performing Arts last week (Oct. 28) when he presented his classical music showcase, “Marsalis: Well -Tempered,” featuring the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The show, which centered around Baroque composers, was well received, and Marsalis, ever the jazz master, even graced audiences with a special encore performance of “Autumn Leaves,” complete with harpsichord accompaniment. "Well-Tempered" began with a mesmerizing orchestral performance of Bach's Air on a G String, from Suite #3...
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Reviewed by Lory Martinez The Binghamton University Theatre Department production of Anthony Neilson’s The Lying Kind focuses on the trials and tribulations of Constables Blunt (Anthony Gabrielle) and Gobbel (Eric Berger) as they struggle to relate the tragic news of a daughter’s death to an elderly couple on Christmas Eve. After a bit of a slow start, the play picks up and brings audiences precisely what one would expect in an English farce: hilarious misunderstandings that lead to a well-executed denouement. The play, directed by Carol Hanscom, begins...
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Reviewed by Lory Martinez Julian Lage and Chris “Critter” Eldridge waltzed onto Binghamton University’s Watters Theater stage Wednesday (Oct. 8) to serenade the crowd with originals and covers from their latest album, Avalon. The New York City-based acoustic guitar duo offered the perfect combination of the jazz and blues spirit, or as Lage put it: (more…)...
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