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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Although you can't still see the full range of works featured in the 11th annual Playwrights and Artists Festival, you still have an opportunity to see how some of the participating playwrights were inspired by intriguing pieces of art to create short, compelling plays. Final performances are tonight and Sunday at the Know Theatre in Binghamton. But this is the most important part: Go for the plays, but stay for the panel discussions at the end. You will be able to say what you think,...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri I confess … I was completely taken by Bill C. Davis' Mass Appeal, which opened last night (Feb. 14) as part of Know Theatre's 20th anniversary season. A packed house greeted the performance at Know's Binghamton City Stage in a former downtown firehouse. These days, any church would be grateful for that kind of turnout. Mass-Appeal-splash_square_image Continuing weekends through March 2, Mass Appeal is a two-man play about the teacher-student relationship between an establishment priest and a...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd What a courageous undertaking by director Brandt Reiter and the 10-member cast at the Know Theatre this month – a production of Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carre, which opened Friday (June 14). Started by Williams as a youth of 27 and only finished and produced on Broadway 40 years later, after he’d joined the first tier of noted American playwrights, Vieux Carre is not known to be his best play. In fact, it closed after only five performances. "Is it a good play?" asked New York...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Steven Metcalfe’s Strange Snow, which opened Friday night (April 12) at the Know Theatre in Binghamton, centers around two Viet Nam veterans and the continuing impact of the war on their lives. It’s been years since David Flanagan (Nick DeLucia) came home from Viet Nam. He is post-traumatic and a drunk. An old comrade, Megs (Mike Arcesi), shows up at his house in the wee hours of the morning on the first day of trout season to take him fishing. Megs is not an intruder, as...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd What a perfectly crafted and finely acted play! I’m talking about the Know Theatre’s production of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, directed by Tim Gleason and featuring Jason Hill, Ilana Lieberman, Jessica Nogaret, Susan Stevens and Jason Walsh. On Saturday (Feb. 9), Know fulfilled its mission of “lifting the quality of life for downtown Binghamton.” (Note: Opening night occurred during last Friday blizzard with only nine brave souls in the audience.) Circle Mirror Transformation, which tells the tale of five would-be thespians taking an acting...
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