Tag Archives: Ben Williamson

Reviewed by George Basler As the play Red opens, Mark Rothko is an aging artistic lion at the height of his powers and renown. But he’s not a happy man. “We’re a smirking nation under the tyranny of the fine,” he sneers at one point before adding, “We are anything but fine.” The peek into Rothko’s innate despair is one of the key plot points of Red, which opened this past weekend (April 14-17) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The intelligent, well-acted production asks questions about artistic integrity...
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Reviewed by George Basler Comedian Lewis Black has made a career out of being an angry curmudgeon, spraying insults and invective about the absurdities of modern life. So who would have thought  that, under all that bluster, he has a sweet, sentimental side. That’s one revelation of Black’s play One Slight Hitch, that is now receiving an uneven production at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The play, which opened Thursday (Oct. 30), is part television sitcom, part farce and not as funny as it should be -- at least in...
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Reviewed by George Basler You don't have to be a cynic to like Chicago, but it sure helps. There's not an ounce of sentiment in the new production of the acclaimed musical now being staged at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, and that's the way it should be, because Chicago is one of the most caustic shows ever to be a hit on Broadwway. The musical's world is one in which innocence gets crushed, goodness is for saps and corruption wins the day. Don't look for "heart"...
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Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan One of the greatest plays ever written, A Streetcar Named Desire, was presented recently by the theater department at Binghamton University. Among the pitfalls in doing such a great piece is that little room is left for error. Unfortunately, the students at BU, despite their great effort, fell short and failed to deliver the necessary performances required by this intense play. (more…)...
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