Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Lory Martinez Julian Lage and Chris “Critter” Eldridge waltzed onto Binghamton University’s Watters Theater stage Wednesday (Oct. 8) to serenade the crowd with originals and covers from their latest album, Avalon. The New York City-based acoustic guitar duo offered the perfect combination of the jazz and blues spirit, or as Lage put it: (more…)...
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 Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri HB Who doesn’t love a good Western? Who doesn’t love a gangster story? In Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown by Bruce Graham, you get both, but it ain’t Bonnie and Clyde. Directed by Bill Lelbach, who also designed the simple, evocative, gravel-floored set, Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown is a compelling work that was premiered last year by the People’s Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, Pa. In its second incarnation, nicely done by the Chenango River...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The basic history for Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon is familiar to anyone who was around for the scandal that destroyed the presidency of one man and revived the foundering television career of another. But the play, which opens the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ 2014-15 season, also provides the juicy back story of how Richard Nixon granted post-Watergate/post-pardon interviews to British talk show host David Frost. In the process, it explores these serious questions, now blurred by the 24-hour news cycle: How can you distinguish news from...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Something old, something new and something smacking of a midlife crisis!That phrase characterizes Saturday’s fine Binghamton Philharmonic concert in a nutshell. Performing at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center, the orchestra revisited Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 and introduced the program with a sparkling new work, Tri-Sattawat by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen (commissioned by Maestro Jose-Luis Novo’s other orchestra, the Annapolis Philharmonic). Tri-Sattawat (“Three Centuries”) was an hors d’oeuvre to whet...
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intoTheWoods Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Cider Mill Playhouse's season opener, Into the Woods (book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), is a bold choice, and the first under the leadership of new Executive Director Gail King Belokur. With the nearly 30-year-old musical still growing in popularity and slated to be a film this Christmas, the timing was right, and, on the whole, I think the cast and crew were up to it --  but with a...
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