Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Matthew Pitcher Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts gallery is back at it again with another highly impressive exhibit. The “Summer Salon Group Exhibition,” on display through September, showcases 10 artists who employ a wide range of creative mediums and styles. The atmosphere of this show is like a carnival with the flashing lights in Sungchul Hong’s high-tech perceptual mirrors, the food appeal of Jae Yong Kim’s glimmering doughnut wall, the vendor memorabilia in Ray Gross’ larger-than-life paint tubes and brushes, and the oddity in Jamie Salmon’s ...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd True confessions: I know Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore inside and out – but only as a pit orchestra musician. I always wondered what was going on above my head, what all the foot stomping was about and why the audience was snickering, chortling and guffawing. Friday night (July 15) in the Anderson Center, at the Summer Savoyards' eighth production of Pinafore, I found out. The operetta subtitled “The Lass That Loved A Sailor,” is simply hilarious – not just for the infectiously hummable tunes,...
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When he wasn't rehearsing for the Summer Savoyards' upcoming production (July 15-17) of H.M.S. Pinafore, my son and I caught his friends in Theatron's  The Robber Bridegroom and SPARE's Chicago. How about you? Were you performing, rehearsing or applauding from the audience? Did you visit a gallery, a museum or a festival? What did you do in the arts this weekend?

-- Barb Van Atta

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

If you really love musicals and can’t get enough of them this summer, the relatively new group SPARE (Singers Performers Actors Repertory Entertainment) has put together an energetic production of Chicago, the long-running Broadway show by Fred Ebb (book and lyrics), Bob Fosse (book) and John Kander (music). (more…)

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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd As the Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Chris Kocher said in his preview of the Chenango River Theatre’s show Last Gas, the title sounds suspiciously like “Last Gasp.” But in the clever play by John Cariani, the bittersweet ending finds lead character, Nat Paradis (played by CRT veteran Drew Kahl), taking a “Last Grasp” at happiness. At 41, Nat dredges up the courage to leave his northern Maine home town; ditches his father, Dwight (Jim Wicker), and his job running his dad’s store; takes leave...
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Reviewed by George Basler Theatron Productions began a few years ago with the laudable goal of staging older musicals that are not frequently seen in the Binghamton area. But, good intentions aside, the company’s production of The Robber Bridegroom, which runs through this weekend at the Tri Cities Opera Center in Binghamton, is long on corn and short on charm. The musical has an intriguing history. Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) wrote the book and lyrics, and Robert Waldman composed the music, based on a Southern Gothic novella...
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