Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The Summer Savoyards' The Sorcerer created magic last night (Friday, July 14) in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University. One of Gilbert & Sullivan's lesser-known comic operas, presented here as a "staged concert," didn't skimp on much. It featured the full-length score and script, but minimal sets and costumes. The show is full of humor and pathos, timely social commentary, beautiful soaring voices and the spirited acting for which the company is known.
Reviewed by Lee Shepherd True confessions: I know Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore inside and out – but only as a pit orchestra musician. I always wondered what was going on above my head, what all the foot stomping was about and why the audience was snickering, chortling and guffawing. Friday night (July 15) in the Anderson Center, at the Summer Savoyards' eighth production of Pinafore, I found out. The operetta subtitled “The Lass That Loved A Sailor,” is simply hilarious – not just for the infectiously hummable tunes,...Read more
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...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 Nancy Oliveri You have three more opportunities as of this writing, to see the Summer Savoyards' funny, updated and slightly twisted take on the Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. In Iolanthe: Re-Vamped, the fairies of the original operetta are vampires, hence the title. I was fortunate to have seen the opening night performance, and it was really fun. The musicians in the orchestra were right on key under the direction of Kimberly (Bemis) Tyler. Under the stage direction of Kate Murray, who never fails as a director to think...Read more
Reviewed by Lory Martinez Grammy Award-winning jazz fusion/rhythm and blues group Snarky Puppy came to Binghamton University’s Anderson Center this past Thursday(March 13) and brought audience members to their feet in praise of the band's irreproducible progressive jazz tunes. Band leader Michael League introduced the group, which can only be described as a menagerie of different talents: the eight touring members present at the concert form part of a 40-member jazz collective that League calls “The Fam” (for family). Together, the bassists, drummers, flutists, guitarists, trumpeters, electric piano players and synthesizer...Read more
By Nancy Oliveri For Binghamton University’s annual dance program, opening tonight (Feb. 14) in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall, JoEllen Kuhlman has choreographed the Seven Deadly Sins. She said the concept came to her while listening the song “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray, which she then used to choreograph “Pride.” Coming up with music to accompany the sins of pride, greed, gluttony, lust, wrath, sloth and envy was a challenge, but she did it, and the dances, featuring seven women and three men, are exquisite...Read more