Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Lory Martinez The Binghamton University Theatre Department production of Anthony Neilson’s The Lying Kind focuses on the trials and tribulations of Constables Blunt (Anthony Gabrielle) and Gobbel (Eric Berger) as they struggle to relate the tragic news of a daughter’s death to an elderly couple on Christmas Eve. After a bit of a slow start, the play picks up and brings audiences precisely what one would expect in an English farce: hilarious misunderstandings that lead to a well-executed denouement. The play, directed by Carol Hanscom, begins...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Tri-Cities Opera opened its 2014-15 season last night (Oct. 24) with a well-received production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto at The Forum in Binghamton. In the title role, Guido LeBrón gave a solid performance from start to finish. The TCO alumnus’ powerful voice conveyed cruel wit, tenderness, triumph, suspicion and fear in a myriad of vocal colors without ever sacrificing the beauty of his instrument. The “Cortigianni” of Act 2 was a masterful pleading for the return of his daughter. He was well supported...
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By George Basler Tri-Cities Opera has a proud history, and it's a wonderful achievement that the company offers three classic operas each season, Susan Ashbaker said. But the new general director of the Binghamton-based opera company wants to do more. As TCO prepares open its 66th season this weekend with a production of the Verdi standard Rigoletto, one of Ashbaker’s goals is expanding the company's repertoire to include newer works as well as the timeless classics. Balancing the new with the old can be tricky, she acknowledged. However, she thinks...
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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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