Tag Archives: Carolyn Christy-Boyden

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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vieuxReviewed by Nancy Oliveri You probably already know that Tim Gleason is raising funds to take his Know Theatre ensemble to Cape Cod to present Vieux Carre at the International Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. But before they go at the end of this month, the cast and crew will present the play "in the round" at its Carroll Street venue for one more weekend: this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 19-20). You will never have a better chance...
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Reviewed by George and Audrey Basler Hollywood has pretty much cemented the myths of  the American West even if the myths have a tenuous connection to reality. There’s John Wayne perched on a horse with six-shooters blazing, or Gary Cooper striding alone down Main Street to confront the bad guys. In all these myths, women are conspicuously absent -- either pushed into the background or ignored completely, as is the case in the popular spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s. But, myths aside, women played key roles in the settling...
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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 Lee Shepherd Just because the Parlor City Players' “I’m Not Dead Yet” is about cranky old folks in a nursing home, don’t expect a G rating. The play, opening tonight (Thursday, June 17) at the Tri-Cities Opera Center in Binghamton, is definitely R-rated. At Wednesday's open final dress rehearsal, the timing needed a bit of tightening and a few lines needed locking in, but the two-act comedy was a rollicking, bumpy, risqué ride with a cast of fine Southern Tier actors. Local playwright Laura Cunningham’s hometown references – Channel...
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