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Reviewed by George Basler Mystery is afoot in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which opened this past weekend (Oct. 27-30) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. But the real mystery is why there aren’t more laughs. Ken Ludwig, the playwright, has written some truly funny farces. One of them, Lend Me a Tenor, was given a first-rate production at the Cider Mill a couple of seasons ago. But his attempt to blend farce with a Sherlock Holmes mystery falls surprisingly flat much of the time. The play...
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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 Lee Shepherd

What a perfect show for the Fourth of July or, indeed, for the whole month of July. Invoking anything but knee-jerk patriotism, Woody Guthrie’s American Song at the Chenango River Theatre, gives a strong message -- that liberty and the freedom to speak your mind without fear are precious American rights.

The musical revue traces the life of folk icon Woody Guthrie, composer of more than 3,000 songs characterized by memorable melodies, clever lyrics and fearlessness about telling the truth.

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Every now and then you attend a show that has the potential to blow your socks off.

Eric Coble's The Velocity of Autumn at Chenango River Theatre in Greene is just such a play. The two-person, one-act comedy/drama is set in a New York brownstone that’s about to be  blown up by its longtime inhabitant, who would rather set off homemade Molotov cocktails than be moved out of her home.

Alexandra, an aging but still feisty artist, free...

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Reviewed by George Basler If you go to see Unnecessary Farce, which opened Friday (May 30) at the Chenango River Theatre in Greene, be sure to leave your brain in the parking lot. And that’s not a criticism. The production, which runs through June 22, is a diverting, often hilarious, farce that is crammed full of the standard elements of silliness, sexual innuendo and slamming doors. There’s not a serious thought or message anywhere in sight, and thank God for that. You could say it’s an “ice cream sundae” sort of...
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