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when-in-carthReviewed by Nancy Oliveri

When the Cider Mill Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Gail Belokur, commissioned hometown theatrical wunderkind Santino DeAngelo to write a farce, she knew exactly what she was doing. And, apparently, so does DeAngelo.

The playwright,/composer/lyricist/commercial producer, now based in New York, has already had his work seen in the Big Apple. His musical Foolerie won the New York Musical Festival's 2015 Next Link Project, and he has been mentioned...

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Reviewed by George Basler Evita raises a basic question: Can a strong musical score and first-rate staging overcome cardboard characters and a muddled plot? In the case of SRO Production III’s production, which opened this past weekend (June 3-4) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the answer is yes. Highlighted by a fierce and intelligent performance by Caitlin McNichol in the lead role, the show is consistently engaging. But the staging can’t disguise Evita’s shortcomings. The tone is cynical and cold and keeps the audience at arm’s length....
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd What a sad and poignant story is The Last Five Years, staged by SRO Productions III for the past two weekends at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The story – the romance, marriage and break-up of two folks who move New York City to make their fame and fortune as a writer and actress -- is revealed during key points in their relationship, via song.

As with an opera, the singing is constant in this Jason Robert Brown show, with little or...

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Reviewed by George Basler With slamming doors galore, a slew of double entendres and a plot that joyfully defies logic, Lend Me a Tenor has all the elements of a classic farce. And these elements get a good going over in a spirited and engaging production that opened this past weekend at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. While Tenor has some slow moments in the first act, it has more than its share of laughs, especially in the frenetic second act, which the cast pulls off with...
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intoTheWoods Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Cider Mill Playhouse's season opener, Into the Woods (book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), is a bold choice, and the first under the leadership of new Executive Director Gail King Belokur. With the nearly 30-year-old musical still growing in popularity and slated to be a film this Christmas, the timing was right, and, on the whole, I think the cast and crew were up to it --  but with a...
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Reviewed by George Basler Being totally blindsided by a show doesn’t happen very often. But that’s what happened to me last weekend when I saw bare: A Pop Opera, staged by SRO Underground, a branch of SRO Productions III. Even though the musical has played in New York City and across the country, I didn’t know much about the show, except that it focused on a group of students coming of age in a Catholic boarding school. I was expecting a snide, bitter send-up of Catholic school education...
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Were the arts in your weekend? How could they NOT be, with so much going on? In fact, there were too many attractions and performances for us to cover here at BAMirror. So, please, please tell us what you did in the arts by adding a comment to this entry and by checking out Nancy Oliveri's review of The Drowsy Chaperone and George Basler's review of bare: A Pop Opera. Also here is a review of bare: A Pop Opera, submitted by a blog reader, "heldencomprimario": I know. ...
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