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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri How do you fit as big a show as La Cage Aux Folles into as intimate a space as the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center? You use every available inch of the stage, and the center staircase aisle of the house, too. You don’t shy away from a single sequin — the glitzier the better — and you use live music with brass, keyboard and percussion. La Cage Aux Folles translates from the French to...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Flying, by Sheila Cowley, is a five-person tour de force of superb acting. A runner-up for the University of South Carolina’s Todd McNerney Playwriting Award, a nationally held contest, the play had its world premiere Friday night (May 26) at the Chenango River Theatre in Greene. The play is set in West Texas at the end of World War II. In two pin-dropping acts, it tells the story of a flying ace and hero,...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Holy Week approaches on the Christian calendar, and with it comes the waving of palms, the washing of feet, penance, hot cross buns, the Cadbury bunny and (holy moly!) the 47-year-old rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar.

Directed by Patrick Foti, the Endicott Performing Arts Center's production goes as large-scale as a show can on the cozy stage...

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A community-wide NEA Big Read program promoting reading and literacy is running throughout March and this weekend will include a compelling stage adaptation of the featured book.

SUNY Broome Professor Mary Donnelly has been the force behind bringing this program to our community. Said Donnelly, “The Big Read is a program from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, which sponsors programming in local communities to help everyone gather around a good book.”

For our...

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When Andrea Gregori wrote her bucket list, there was something she definitely wanted to cross off of it: the chance to play Eliza Doolittle in a fully staged production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady.

Now she can.

Gregori’s Theatre Street Productions has collaborated with the Endicott Performing Arts Center and its Executive Director, Patrick Foti, to bring the show to life. The group has been in...

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A capable ensemble cast of eight occupies the Watters Theatre stage for the Binghamton University Theatre department’s production of A Lie of the Mind.

Sam Shepard's three-act psychological drama provides a great vehicle for the acting talents of its cast, and it has more laughs than I expected for a story of two seriously damaged families.

Thinking that he’s killed his young, beautiful wife, Beth, Jake is driven to a kind...

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Six women’s lives play out in a Louisiana beauty parlor in Steel Magnolias, a two-act play by Robert Harling that was made into a star-studded film in 1989. I've never seen the movie, but I found the stage version  engaging, as directed by Lorraine Tennant and Matt Gaska at the Endicott Performing Arts Center.

Over the course of nearly three years, at the end of the big hair decade of the...

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