Broome Arts Mirror

When he wasn't rehearsing for the Summer Savoyards' upcoming production (July 15-17) of H.M.S. Pinafore, my son and I caught his friends in Theatron's  The Robber Bridegroom and SPARE's Chicago. How about you? Were you performing, rehearsing or applauding from the audience? Did you visit a gallery, a museum or a festival? What did you do in the arts this weekend?

-- Barb Van Atta

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

If you really love musicals and can’t get enough of them this summer, the relatively new group SPARE (Singers Performers Actors Repertory Entertainment) has put together an energetic production of Chicago, the long-running Broadway show by Fred Ebb (book and lyrics), Bob Fosse (book) and John Kander (music). (more…)

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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd As the Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Chris Kocher said in his preview of the Chenango River Theatre’s show Last Gas, the title sounds suspiciously like “Last Gasp.” But in the clever play by John Cariani, the bittersweet ending finds lead character, Nat Paradis (played by CRT veteran Drew Kahl), taking a “Last Grasp” at happiness. At 41, Nat dredges up the courage to leave his northern Maine home town; ditches his father, Dwight (Jim Wicker), and his job running his dad’s store; takes leave...
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Reviewed by George Basler Theatron Productions began a few years ago with the laudable goal of staging older musicals that are not frequently seen in the Binghamton area. But, good intentions aside, the company’s production of The Robber Bridegroom, which runs through this weekend at the Tri Cities Opera Center in Binghamton, is long on corn and short on charm. The musical has an intriguing history. Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) wrote the book and lyrics, and Robert Waldman composed the music, based on a Southern Gothic novella...
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Did you catch the last weekend of a spring show? Or were you rehearsing for a summer performance? Did you tour a gallery or museum, or settle back in one of those movie theater recliners for Finding Dory? How was the world of arts and entertainment part of YOUR world this past weekend?

--Barb Van Atta

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By Matthew Pitcher There is a hidden gem in the Binghamton City Hall that dozens of people look past every day. Located in the second-floor Plaza Gallery is the modern art sculpture Confluence created by the late Charles Dalpiaz. For the everyday passerby, this construction blends into its concrete landscape, but to an artist’s eye, its bold appeal cannot be ignored. (more…)...
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I caught the final performance of the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players' delightful production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. What did you do in the arts this week?

-- Barb Van Atta

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