Reviewed by George Basler Nobody ever accused Edward Albee of playing it safe. And that’s certainly not the case with The Goat or, Who is Sylvia, which opened this past weekend (June 9-11) at KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, and it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A fine KNOW Theatre cast, well directed by James B. Nicola, makes it a compelling evening of theater. But the subject matter is about...Read more
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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...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler On one level, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden is a taut psychological thriller. On another level, it asks some difficult questions, without providing easy answers: Do we need to forgive the unforgivable to preserve our own sanity? What is the morality of vengeance? When does forgiving and forgetting become dishonoring the victims? These questions are front and center in a riveting production of Dorfman’s provocative play that will run through next week at KNOW Theatre in Binghamton. The three cast members -- Dori...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler The Stein family in End Days takes dysfunction to a whole new level. Dad is nearly catatonic after surviving the 9/11 attacks; Mom is a strident “born again” Christian; their daughter has embraced the “Goth girl” lifestyle complete with black eye makeup and cynicism. Their next-door neighbor is a nerdy teenager who continually dresses in an Elvis costume. Jesus and physicist Stephen Hawking stop by to pay visits. If this all sounds pretty bizarre, it is. But in the hands of a strong cast at...Read more
Did you participate in the monthly art walk (as either a walker or an artist)? Were you in the audience for a high school musical? Did you, like me, try to catch up on Oscar winners that you hadn't seen yet? (First thought after finally seeing Argo: Christoph Waltz must have been absolutely amazing in Django to have been deemed more worthy of the Best Supporting Actor award than the hilarious Alan Arkin.) Please join our conversation....Read more
[caption id="attachment_2897" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Ava Crump and Buzz Roddy (photo by Stephen Appel)"][/caption] The Neil Simon farce Last of the Red Hot Lovers opened this past week at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The production, directed by Penny Powell, features Buzz Roddy, Dori May Ganisin, Marjorie Donovick and Ava Crump. George Bernard Shaw is quoted as saying that the French do not really care what they do as long as they...Read more
Reviewed by Tony VilleccoFederico Garcia Lorca was one of the true literary wonders of the 20th century, his life cut short by Spain’s Civil War of 1936 when he was brutally assassinated. More tragic than his death perhaps is the fact we will never know what literary output would have been forthcoming. Lorca himself stated he was still learning his craft and that his work "ha" just begun." We can, however, rejoice that his poetry and plays are still being presented. A new translation...