Broome Arts Mirror

Reviewed by Tony Villecco The Summer Savoyards' has successfully mounted a fun, colorful and energetic production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s perennial favorite operetta, The Mikado. Friday’s house (July 17) at Binghamton University was quite full with an appreciative audience who kept up with the unique British humor sprinkled with modern-day references. After a clean, if somewhat literal, interpretation of the overture, the fine orchestra kept a brisk pace throughout under the direction of Kimberly Bemis Tyler. This particular group of musicians played very well with only an occasional disconnect...
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Did you attend a performance of Rent by EPAC, Bonnie and Clyde by Theatron (see review following) or, like me, the wonderfully sung and cleverly staged Into the Woods by SPARE Productions? Did you visit a gallery or museum, catch a bar band or actually create (or rehearse) a work of art? Please share how you made the arts part of the past weekend.  ...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Should you sit for over two hours to get to the end of a musical that tells the story of two people whose fate you already know?

Yes, you should.

In its first full-length musical, Theatron Productions is presenting Bonnie and Clyde at the Tri-Cities Opera Center in Binghamton. The two-act hybrid outlaw rock opera/swing band-era work shows clear influences of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benny Goodman and even Bon Jovi, which, for people with varied tastes in music, keeps things interesting.

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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

What a perfect show for the Fourth of July or, indeed, for the whole month of July. Invoking anything but knee-jerk patriotism, Woody Guthrie’s American Song at the Chenango River Theatre, gives a strong message -- that liberty and the freedom to speak your mind without fear are precious American rights.

The musical revue traces the life of folk icon Woody Guthrie, composer of more than 3,000 songs characterized by memorable melodies, clever lyrics and fearlessness about telling the truth.

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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. Read more

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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