Tag Archives: Ann Szymaniak

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 George Basler On paper, Once On This Island, an unlikely marriage of Caribbean folk lore and Broadway conventions, sounds like a dubious undertaking. But any skepticism quickly goes by the boards. The SRO Productions III musical, which opened this past weekend (Jan. 22-23) at the Goodwill Theatre's Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, is a thoroughly captivating show. As performed by an energetic and appealing cast, it is an exuberant, if bittersweet, fairy tale marred only by a somewhat muddled ending. Created by Stephen Flaherty (music) and...
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youngfrankensteinReviewed 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....
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Reviewed by George Basler In staging Godspell, co-director Ann Szymaniak wanted to put forth a message of love, acceptance and hope that “our fast-paced cynical society needs to hear.” On a less spiritual level, the musical, which has been around for 42 years now, is an opportune chance for younger performers to try out their singing and acting skills in a zestful show that requires youthful exuberance to make it work. Both spirituality and this exuberance are on display in the SRO Productions III’s presentation of the show...
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