Tag Archives: Carol Hanscom

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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By George Basler With a title like The Motherf**ker with the Hat, audiences can probably guess they’re in for a brash, in-your-face evening. And the play, now being given an excellent production by Binghamton University’s Theater Department, is certainly that. But mixed in with the profanity and raw subject matter is a compelling story of flawed people stumbling through life as they cope with their inner demons. Performed in the intimate space of Studio A in the Fine Arts Building, the BU production is shockingly funny at some...
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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 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 With slamming doors galore, a slew of double entendres and a plot that joyfully defies logic, Lend Me a Tenor has all the elements of a classic farce. And these elements get a good going over in a spirited and engaging production that opened this past weekend at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. While Tenor has some slow moments in the first act, it has more than its share of laughs, especially in the frenetic second act, which the cast pulls off with...
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Reviewed by Lory Martinez The Binghamton University Theatre Department production of Anthony Neilson’s The Lying Kind focuses on the trials and tribulations of Constables Blunt (Anthony Gabrielle) and Gobbel (Eric Berger) as they struggle to relate the tragic news of a daughter’s death to an elderly couple on Christmas Eve. After a bit of a slow start, the play picks up and brings audiences precisely what one would expect in an English farce: hilarious misunderstandings that lead to a well-executed denouement. The play, directed by Carol Hanscom, begins...
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Reviewed by George Basler Pity poor Sidney Bruhl, the main character in Ira Levin's Deathtrap. After four straight flops, the once successful playwright has become a burnt-out case whose talent has long grown cold and stale. Alas, based on the Cider Mill Playhouse’s production, which opened this past weekend, the same can be said about Deathtrap itself. While the play may have seemed fresh and shocking when it opened on Broadway in 1978, it has aged badly and now seems as fresh as day-old bread. The five cast...
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