Review

Reviewed by George Basler Tommy Iafrate said he wanted to take a non-traditional approach in his staging of The Wizard of Oz,which opened this past weekend (Nov. 10-11) at Binghamton University. And the university’s director of musical theater certainly did that. The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are played by female, instead of male, actors. The Wicked Witch of the West is played by a male actor in drag. The Wizard himself, or should I say herself, is played by a female actor. And don’t expect...
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Reviewed by Sherri Streichman Glory Denied, an opera in two tableaux by Tom Cipullo,tells the story of Major Jim Thompson, the longest-held American prisoner of the Vietnam War. Based on a book by Tom Philpott, it employs two singers as the younger and older Thompson and two singers as the younger and older Alyce, his wife. Performances began last weekend (Nov. 10-12) and conclude this coming weekend (Nov. 17 and 19) at Tri-Cities Opera's Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. I’ll ask my usual question first: Is it...
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Reviewed by Sherri Strichman Sunday afternoon (Oct. 15), Tri-Cities Opera treated its audience at The Forum to an excellent production of Puccini's La Boheme. If the object was to fill seats by having only one, well-done performance of a popular opera from the standard repertoire, the company succeeded. The entire cast was solid in its singing and acting, and the performance quality was heightened in every scene by the rapport among the characters. The four young men in their Parisian garret – Jordan Schreiner as Rodolfo, Scott...
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Reviewed by George Basler The Glass Menagerie is a play bathed in melancholy and misconception. As one of the main characters tells the audience in the first scene, “I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” But “the pleasant disguise” is left in pieces by the end of the heartbreaking play that is generally considered the first major work of the playwright Tennessee Williams. The play’s greatness is on full display in the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ production, which opened this past weekend (Oct. 6-8) and will run...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd I sat glued to every moment of Ken Burns' masterful documentary The Vietnam War, then capped it off by attending opening night (Friday, Sept. 29) of Chenango River Theatre's powerful production of The Speed of Darkness. "Gripping" describes both documentary and play. They go glove-in-hand, both revealing secrets that cry out to see the light of day. The Speed of Darkness by Steve Tesich received its world premiere in 1989 at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and had its Broadway premiere two years later....
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Reviewed by Art Garrison They've issued 11 albums, performed at a Super Bowl halftime show and been together for 24 years ... and on Saturday, Sept. 16, they were in Homer. The members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, resplendent in their 1940s garb, took the stage at the Center for the Arts in Homer with a concert that had some dancing in the aisles. The band was promoting its 11th album, named Louie, Louie, Louie for the three artists whose music is featured: Louis Jordan, Louis Prima and,...
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