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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri How do you fit as big a show as La Cage Aux Folles into as intimate a space as the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center? You use every available inch of the stage, and the center staircase aisle of the house, too. You don’t shy away from a single sequin — the glitzier the better — and you use live music with brass, keyboard and percussion. La Cage Aux Folles translates from the French to...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

There’s a reason why The Importance of Being Earnest endures. Oscar Wilde’s 1895 farce about Victorian manners and polite society is funny – and so is the production that opened Thursday (Jan. 26) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott.

The actors use believable accents, and the physicality, facial expressions, blocking, pregnant pauses and character business, under the direction of Tom Kremer, all work to keep up the play’s engaging and entertaining...
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Reviewed by George Basler Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a classic play that deals with the ideas of personal honor and mass hysteria. It is also considered a classic of American drama and, as such, is a much studied work. The downside of this distinction is that the word “classic” comes with its own baggage, making a play seem a daunting experience that is worthwhile, but not particularly inviting. But don’t let those feelings keep you away from The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production, which opened this past weekend...
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Reviewed by George Basler Watching the onstage antics of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is like looking at an artifact from the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The dinosaurs in this case are the male employees of the World Wide Wicket Company Inc., who personify the male chauvinism of American corporate life circa 1960. While that age has largely passed into the dustbin of history, How to Succeed thankfully hasn’t. Despite some slow moments, the show remains as spritely and funny as when...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

AnyVanyaone even remotely familiar with the body of work by Russian playwright Anton Chekov (1860 - 1904) will recognize three of the four names in the title of the Cider Mill Playhouse’s latest show. “Vanya” and “Sonia” (from Uncle Vanya) and “Masha” (from The Seagull) will ring a bell, but the fourth, decidedly slangy name, “Spike,” will not.  You will not have seen a “Spike” type...

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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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angelStreetReviewed by Nancy Oliveri If you love Victorian melodrama, pay a visit to the inhabitants of Angel Street. The 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton is running weekends through March at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. In Angel Street, which became the 1944 Ingrid Bergman film Gaslight, a woman is driven to the brink of insanity by the tricks and mischief of her criminally disposed husband. Cider Mill regular Tim Mollen, who directed Angel Street, thanks his mom for introducing him to the...
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