Tag Archives: Brendan Curtin

Reviewed by George Basler The recipe for a good farce is a simple one: Put some outlandish characters in outlandish situations, and mix well. Pulling it off, though, is no simple task. Get any of the ingredients slightly wrong, and the soufflé crashes, and the pudding doesn’t set. Alan Ayckbourn’s 1979 farce, Taking Steps, which opened last weekend (Feb. 2-4) at the Cider Mill Stage in Endicott, is a case in point. The production, presented by the Clocktower Theater Company, has its share of chuckles and laughs. But, despite a...
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Reviewed by George Basler Photo journalist Sarah Goodwin (Amoreena Wade) has returned to her Brooklyn apartment with physical injuries and emotional scars from covering her latest war overseas. James Dodd (Eric Michael Patten), her writer boyfriend, is nursing her back to health while suffering from his own sense of burnout and guilt for leaving her alone in a war zone. Their interaction forms the basis for Time Stands Still, Donald Margulies’ provocative and compelling play that is receiving an excellent production at the KNOW Theatre in Binghamton. Wade and...
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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 Nancy Oliveri Having just seen and reviewed a stage presentation of Harvey, a comedy about the state of mental health care and one character's invisible friend just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but draw a few comparisons with SRO Productions III’s Next to Normal. This show also is about the state of mental health care, an invisible friend and a family’s angst, but that’s where the similarity ends. This intense rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt was...
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Reviewed by Ralph Hall
"Bus Stop" at Know Theatre
Zac Chastain (Bo) and Jessica Nogaret (Cherie) in "Bus Stop" at Know Theatre
A sold-out audience heartily welcomed KNOW Theatre’s production of William Inge’s play Bus Stop this past Friday night (Feb. 10).  Few writers for the stage have Inge's powerful command of the American language. With the words of four bus riders, a driver, a sheriff and two waitresses stranded in...
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Reviewed by Sarah Roche I attended S.R.O. Productions III's  April 9 opening night performance of "Assassins." It was my first time at the Firehouse Stage of the Goodwill Theatre  in Johnson City. The venue goes above and beyond to make patrons comfortable with a police officer assisting in parking and well-cushioned chairs. (more…)...
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