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Broome Arts Mirror
Reviewed by Lory Martinez Grammy Award-winning Saxophonist Branford Marsalis wowed a packed house at Binghamton University's Anderson Center for the Performing Arts last week (Oct. 28) when he presented his classical music showcase, “Marsalis: Well -Tempered,” featuring the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The show, which centered around Baroque composers, was well received, and Marsalis, ever the jazz master, even graced audiences with a special encore performance of “Autumn Leaves,” complete with harpsichord accompaniment. "Well-Tempered" began with a mesmerizing orchestral performance of Bach's Air on a G String, from Suite #3...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler Comedian Lewis Black has made a career out of being an angry curmudgeon, spraying insults and invective about the absurdities of modern life. So who would have thought that, under all that bluster, he has a sweet, sentimental side. That’s one revelation of Black’s play One Slight Hitch, that is now receiving an uneven production at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The play, which opened Thursday (Oct. 30), is part television sitcom, part farce and not as funny as it should be -- at least in...Read more
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.
Reviewed 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....Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more