Broome Arts Mirror

By Nancy Oliveri

Summertime, and the living is easy on a misty June evening in Lenox, Mass.

A strolling Garrison Keillor, cordless microphone in hand, circles the reserved seating section in the cavernous Music Shed at Tanglewood. He moseys onto the huge lawn, picking his way between folding chairs, picnic baskets and foldable tarps, singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Summertime"  from Porgy and Bess, just moments before he takes the stage for what may be his last Tanglewood performance. (more…)

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Reviewed by George Basler Eugene O’Neill is the Mt. Everest of American drama. A climb to the summit can be a daunting task for audiences and actors alike. But once there, the view is overwhelming. Such is the case with A Moon for the Misbegotten, a heart-wrenching play that O’Neill wrote at the end of his career. KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton is now making the climb in a production that opened this past weekend (I attended the June 21 performance) and will run through Sunday (June 28)....
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By Barb Van Atta You may not have known her name, but, for many people, Rosemarie A. Henkle was the face of a host of Broome County arts organizations. Henkle, who died Tuesday (June 9), was a dedicated volunteer who ultimately became, as her family put it, “an art and music icon for the area for over 30 years.” (more…)...
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Reviewed by Therese Bohn The Cider Mill Playhouse is wrapping up its 39th season with the crowd-pleasing Thoroughly Modern Millie, and what a caper it is! Millie (Maureen Edwards) arrives in Manhattan looking as innocent as Mary Pickford, but under her yellow pinafore and ringlets, she’s determined to be a thoroughly modern woman of 1922. She raises her skirt and bobs her hair, but will she succeed in marrying her rich boss? That’s the heart of the Dick Scanlan/Richard Henry Morris/Jeanine Tesori musical,a madcap romp of dizzy romance and devious...
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How were the arts part of your life this past week and weekend? Did you catch Roar of the Greasepaint or Velocity of Autumn like your BAMirror reviewers did (see below)? Or were you at the Dance Stories performance at Binghamton University? Were you in the audience when the Downtown Singers performed Dvorak's Requiem? (As a member of the chorus, may I take this opportunity to say "thank you" for that standing ovation.) Or did your musical tastes run more to Chubby Checker? Please share with your fellow blog readers. Read more
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Reviewed by George Basler The famous American playwright George F. Kaufman glumly observed that “satire is what closes Saturday night.” Kaufman wasn’t talking about The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, but he could have been. The musical, which opened this past weekend at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego, is a collection of first-rate songs sabotaged by a pretentious, contrived plot that makes for a long evening. The 1964 show -- with book, music and lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse --...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Every now and then you attend a show that has the potential to blow your socks off.

Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn at Chenango River Theatre in Greene is just such a play. The two-person, one-act comedy/drama is set in a New York brownstone that’s about to be  blown up by its longtime inhabitant, who would rather set off homemade Molotov cocktails than be moved out of her home.

Alexandra, an aging but still feisty artist, free...

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