Broome Arts Mirror

By George Basler Tim Gleason has always had a love for the work of playwright Tennessee Williams. “I call him the American Shakespeare for his phenomenal use of language,” said Gleason, artistic director of Binghamton’s KNOW Theatre, which recently marked its 20th anniversary of producing edgy, provocative and offbeat works. Now Gleason’s “love” for Williams is paying off with some national recognition for the Binghamton company. KNOW Theatre has received an invitation to perform at the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, to be held Sept. 25-28 in Provincetown,...
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Editor’s Note: Broome Arts Mirror reviewer Nancy Oliveri was unable to attend the Binghamton Theater Organ Society's recent concert and sent her sister in her stead. Reviewed by Therese Bohn If your Aunt Millie insisted on taking you to a theater organ concert, would you run for cover, imagining two long hours of roller rink promenades or solemn funeral home Muzak? Well, if she took you to "Outside the Box 2" with Master Theater Organist Nathan Avakian, she’d...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri You have three more opportunities as of this writing, to see the Summer Savoyards' funny, updated and slightly twisted take on the Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. In Iolanthe: Re-Vamped, the fairies of the original operetta are vampires, hence the title. I was fortunate to have seen the opening night performance, and it was really fun. The musicians in the orchestra were right on key under the direction of Kimberly (Bemis) Tyler. Under the stage direction of Kate Murray, who never fails as a director to think...
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Batboy ensembleReviewed by Nancy Oliveri A few times during Thursday's opening night of the Endicott Performing Arts Company’s Bat Boy -- The Musica (July 17)l, I couldn't help but note a few eyebrows lift around me as if to say, "What just happened there?" To illustrate: a miked performer trades ear-splitting volume for emotion. Eyebrows. The actors and singers prepare to set up another groan-inducing scene to further explain what’s goin’ on. Eyebrows. The ensemble gathers in some kind of hellish...
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