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...Read more
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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...Read more
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…)...Read more
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...Read more
The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society will dedicate its 2017-2018 season to its founder and volunteer executive director, Paul F. Stapel, who passed away recently. Stapel, a native of Muskegon, Michigan, came to this community to serve as executive director of the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra (now the Binghamton Philharmonic) from 1983 to 1986. He later was instrumental in the merger of the Art Theater and Art Mission to become the ART Mission and Theater and was its first executive director.
Reviewed by George Basler The Glass Menagerie is a play bathed in melancholy and misconception. As one of the main characters tells the audience in the first scene, “I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” But “the pleasant disguise” is left in pieces by the end of the heartbreaking play that is generally considered the first major work of the playwright Tennessee Williams. The play’s greatness is on full display in the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ production, which opened this past weekend (Oct. 6-8) and will run...Read more