Broome Arts Mirror

UPDATE: Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (note time change) at the Laskowski Funeral Home, 367 Prospect St., Binghamton The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Main Street Baptist Church, 117 Main St., Binghamton (overflow parking available at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 83 Main St.). Singers attending the funeral should brush up on their "Va, Pensiero" (bring music if you have it). By Barb Van Atta Former Tri-Cities Opera Artistic and Music Director Duane Skrabalak died Monday afternoon (April 21) at his home in Binghamton....
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RainmakerReviewed by Nancy Oliveri N. Richard Nash’s The Rainmaker is a favorite of KNOW Theatre’s artistic director and co-founder, Tim Gleason, who directed the company's current production. This Rainmaker opened, ironically, on a very rainy Friday night (April 11) to a nearly full house at Binghamton's old Carroll Street fire station, now occupied by KNOW, its permanent resident. The play is a compelling period piece about a Kansas town suffering from the drought that brought the calamity of the...
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Editor’s Note: Broome Arts Mirror reviewer Nancy Oliveri was unable to attend The Binghamton Theater Organ Society's presentation of Ben-Hur at the Forum last Tuesday (April 8) and sent her sister in her stead. Reviewed by Therese Bohn Imagine playing two straight sets of music for about 75 minutes each with only a brief break in-between. This was the job of master organist Scott Foppiano, who joyously improvised accompaniment to the classic 1925 silent epic, Ben-Hur: a Tale of the Christ, this week at The Forum in Binghamton. Watching silent movies on television is...
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By Lori Martinez Distinguished Binghamton University alumnus Ruben Santiago-Hudson returned to campus recently (March 29) for a talk sponsored by the Binghamton Film Initiative (BFI). The award-winning writer/director sat down with BFI’S co-founders Tyler Downey and Jared Biunno to talk about his career and how he made the transition from theater to film and back again. The talk, which took place in Studio A, was the first event organized by the newly formed campus theater/film collective. Hudson, best known for his award-winning film Lackawanna Blues, spoke frankly...
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Reviewed by Lory Martinez The Moscow Festival Ballet returned to Binghamton University this past Monday (April 7) with elegantly executed excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. Artistic director  for the performance, which took place in the Anderson Center, was retired Bolshoi Ballet dancer Sergei Radchenko, who founded the dance company in 1989. The show began with a classic scene from The Sleeping Beauty in which Princess Aurora celebrates her 16th birthday and meets her suitors. The piece featured Maria Sokolnikova as the...
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Reviewed by George Basler The Golden Pond in On Golden Pond is a lovely vacation spot, filled with memories, that Norman and Ethel Thayer have called their summer home for nearly 50 years. And lovely is also the word that describes Ernest Thompson’s play, which has become a staple for community theaters across the country. It’s a tender, if modest, effort that deals with the themes of old age, reconciliation and the ability of  decent, if flawed, characters to muddle through the journey we call life. The play’s...
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