Broome Arts Mirror

By George Basler Seamus Lucason had never been in Binghamton before last weekend. What drew him here was the opportunity to see one of his plays performed for the first time. The Irish playwright, whose works have been produced in both Ireland and America, made the five-hour drive from Boston to be at KNOW Theatre’s Playwrights and Artists Festival for the play’s debut. “What it means for me is the chance to see what works, and what doesn’t work,” he said. Lucason is one of six playwrights featured...
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We're entering the holiday entertainment season, and BAMirror reviewers are going to be as busy as elves, either writing about other people's performances or participating in their own concerts and shows. Therefore, it seems like the perfect time to revive our once-regular "what did you do" Monday query. In the comment section, BAMirror readers -- and writers -- can offer a quick summary of their weekend's entertainment adventures. Over the past two weekends, I've attended the exuberant EPAC production of The Producers and Tri-Cities Opera's powerful presentation...
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Reviewed by George Basler Tommy Iafrate said he wanted to take a non-traditional approach in his staging of The Wizard of Oz,which opened this past weekend (Nov. 10-11) at Binghamton University. And the university’s director of musical theater certainly did that. The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are played by female, instead of male, actors. The Wicked Witch of the West is played by a male actor in drag. The Wizard himself, or should I say herself, is played by a female actor. And don’t expect...
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Reviewed by Sherri Streichman Glory Denied, an opera in two tableaux by Tom Cipullo,tells the story of Major Jim Thompson, the longest-held American prisoner of the Vietnam War. Based on a book by Tom Philpott, it employs two singers as the younger and older Thompson and two singers as the younger and older Alyce, his wife. Performances began last weekend (Nov. 10-12) and conclude this coming weekend (Nov. 17 and 19) at Tri-Cities Opera's Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. I’ll ask my usual question first: Is it...
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Harold H. Manker, a 2016 Broome County Arts Council Heart of the Arts recipient (with his wife, Toby Jean), passed away Oct. 8 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. His passing was reflective of his quiet demeanor. There were no calling hours; the burial Oct. 17 was private. But there will be a way for all of his friends to gather and share their memories. (more…)...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Sunday afternoon (Oct. 15), Tri-Cities Opera treated its audience at The Forum to an excellent production of Puccini's La Boheme. If the object was to fill seats by having only one, well-done performance of a popular opera from the standard repertoire, the company succeeded. The entire cast was solid in its singing and acting, and the performance quality was heightened in every scene by the rapport among the characters. The four young men in their Parisian garret – Jordan Schreiner as Rodolfo, Scott...
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