Broome Arts Mirror

By Nancy Oliveri To any practitioner of the dramatic arts whom I have ever written about in this space: Read it here and now. I'm throwing myself at your mercy and admitting two things: “I get it!”  And, “It’s not as easy as it looks!” "It," in this case, is the actor’s job of making a character believable … through technique, skill or natural ability. To pull it off, you really need a little bit of each of those things. (more…)...
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youngfrankensteinReviewed by Nancy Oliveri Forgive me, but I find it impossible not to look to the original Mel Brooks film in my appreciation and enjoyment of the live action musical Young Frankenstein, now being presented by SRO Production III. However, if you never saw it, some of the best movie lines, embellished with music, will delight you as well. Highlights at Friday's opening performance (Oct. 24) at the Goodwill Theatre in Johnson City, directed by Scott Fisher: "Roll in the Hay" with Dr....
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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 "Cortigiani"of Act 2 was a masterful pleading for the return of his daughter. He was well supported by the...
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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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