Tag Archives: Amoreena Wade

By Barb Van Atta Even the most empathetic person cannot truly know how the recipient of prejudicial remarks feels. And sometimes efforts at understanding, no matter how well-meaning, come off as insensitive. That point was hammered home to us at Broome Arts Mirror yesterday (May 17) through responses to our review of SRO Underground’s production of Avenue Q. Here on the blog -- and in emails and on Facebook -- cast members and their supporters took reviewer George Basler to task for opining that the production lacked...
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Editor's note: This is a revised version of the original review. Reviewed by George Basler Audience members know they’re in for a funny evening when even the pre-show announcement about fire exits and cell phones draws laughs. That’s the case with SRO Underground’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last weekend (May 12-14) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The laughs continue throughout the two-hour and 15-minute show that is basically a spoof of the beloved children’s series Sesame Street, replete with fuzzy puppets and actors pulling the strings. The performance...
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Reviewed by George Basler The latest KNOW Theatre production is entitled Provocative, Pointed and Purely Funny: An Evening with Edward Allan Baker, and that pretty much sums up what audiences will experience. Black humor, social commentary and heartache are on full display in Baker’s three one-act plays , which opened this past weekend (April 7-9) and will run for two more weekends. While the plays are uneven, powerful performances by a first-rate cast make for a compelling evening. Baker, whose lengthy resume includes 14 one-act plays, is currently chair of...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd Taking Sides, which opened Friday night (Sept. 30) at the Chenango River Theatre, is the perfect vehicle to showcase the supreme acting talents of Jim Wicker and James Wetzel. Portraying, respectively, world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler and his post-World War II U.S. Army interrogator Major Arnold, the two are locked in mortal combat. You can’t take your eyes away from the carnage.

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Why there should ever be an empty seat at the KNOW Theater in Binghamton is beyond me. It doesn’t happen too often, but even one empty seat represents one fewer person whose life might be enriched by an amazing theatrical experience. One fewer ticket sold to help “keep the lights on,” as Artistic and Executive Director Tim Gleason would say. And one fewer voice to spread the word in the community that theater is alive and well at...

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By George Basler Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, which premiered on Broadway in 1976, is considered a cultural milestone as one of the first works to be written from an African-American woman’s point of view. The play was also a big hit, running 742 performances and receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. A lot has happened in four decades, but the work remains relevant and timely as America continues to have conversations about race and gender, said Amoreena...
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By George Basler The Cider Mill Playhouse, now marking its 40th year, is making a major move. In December, the venerable Endicott theater announced it had signed a contract with Actors Equity Association, the national union for actors and stage managers, making it the first Equity theater in Broome County. To the general public, this move could seem like “inside baseball,” but it will mean big changes for the playhouse. By the 2017-18 season half the actors in a production, or the first five hired, whichever is less,...
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