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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 Nancy Oliveri

When Andrea Gregori wrote her bucket list, there was something she definitely wanted to cross off of it: the chance to play Eliza Doolittle in a fully staged production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady.

Now she can.

Gregori’s Theatre Street Productions has collaborated with the Endicott Performing Arts Center and its Executive Director, Patrick Foti, to bring the show to life. The group has been in...

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Reviewed by George Basler The musical 1776 originally opened on Broadway in the midst of the Vietnam War and the hippie era exemplified by Hair, which was running just down the block. The timing meant the show got labeled as a square peg in the round hole of a turbulent era. But while other artifacts of the era -- such as love beads, Nehru jackets and even Hair itself -- now seem comically dated, 1776 retains its freshness and relevancy. S.R.O Productions III’s crisp, well-acted production, which opened Jan....
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UPDATE: Additional performances have been added at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 16 and 17). Call the Phelps at 722-4873.

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

For the third year, Jan DeAngelo & Co. and Studio 271 Productions have brought their original adaptation of A Christmas Carol to the Phelps Mansion Museum in Binghamton. The show, which runs through Sunday (Dec. 18), sold out rather quickly, so you will want to be on the alert for ticket sales next year. Read more

 

when-in-carthReviewed by Nancy Oliveri

When the Cider Mill Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Gail Belokur, commissioned hometown theatrical wunderkind Santino DeAngelo to write a farce, she knew exactly what she was doing. And, apparently, so does DeAngelo.

The playwright,/composer/lyricist/commercial producer, now based in New York, has already had his work seen in the Big Apple. His musical Foolerie won the New York Musical Festival's 2015 Next Link Project, and he has been mentioned...

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Can you predict the success of a musical production based on the comments heard in the crowded ladies' room at intermission?

If the show is Urinetown, and is produced by the Cider Mill Playhouse (CMP) in Endicott, then the answer is a resounding “yes!” (more…)

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Reviewed by George Basler Man of La Mancha, which is being presented by Half Light Theatre, is an old-fashioned musical in the best sense of the word. The show trumpets idealism and hope in the face of inhumanity and degradation. That’s a welcome relief in an era that can be marked by skepticism, cynicism and the downright nastiness that pervades social media. Moreover, the musical is filled with well-crafted Broadway songs, notably “The Impossible Dream,” which retains its emotional resonance even after being played to death when Man of...
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