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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Holy Week approaches on the Christian calendar, and with it comes the waving of palms, the washing of feet, penance, hot cross buns, the Cadbury bunny and (holy moly!) the 47-year-old rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar.

Directed by Patrick Foti, the Endicott Performing Arts Center's production goes as large-scale as a show can on the cozy stage...

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Batboy ensembleReviewed by Nancy Oliveri A few times during Thursday's opening night of the Endicott Performing Arts Company’s Bat Boy -- The Musica (July 17)l, I couldn't help but note a few eyebrows lift around me as if to say, "What just happened there?" To illustrate: a miked performer trades ear-splitting volume for emotion. Eyebrows. The actors and singers prepare to set up another groan-inducing scene to further explain what’s goin’ on. Eyebrows. The ensemble gathers in some kind of hellish...
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By George Basler Theater officials swear it’s a coincidence, but fans of the British comedy troupe Monty Python should be licking their chops with glee. That’s because two local theater companies -- the Endicott Performing Arts Center and the Cider Mill Playhouse -- will be mounting productions of the Broadway smash musical Spamalot over the next seven months. That’s a lot of “spam” for a community this size, and officials emphasize it came about by chance, not by planning. Now they hope that there are enough Python fans to...
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EDITOR’S NOTE: A regular attendee of Endicott Performing Arts Center shows shared with BAMirror the comments he posted on EPAC’s Facebook site following last week’s opening weekend of Sweet Charity. Performances conclude tomorrow (Sunday, March 24). Reviewed by Ed Arnold Another fine evening’s entertainment was provided by the cast and tech crew of EPAC for the musical Sweet Charity. When I go out for an evening, I want to be entertained with comedy, dancing, live music, and this show had it all. A few stream-of-consciousness notes: Casting may have...
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Reviewed by George Basler Director Patrick Foti calls Spring Awakening, which opened Thursday (July 19) at the Endicott Performing Arts Center, a descendant of West Side Story, the ground-breaking musical of a half century ago. While the comparison might not be readily apparent, both shows deal with the raw emotions of young characters caught up in a world that can crush their dreams. And just as West Side Story pushed the envelope in terms of staging and themes seen on Broadway in the late 1950s, Spring Awakening does the...
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In its staging of Jesus Christ Superstar, EPAC captured the retro spirit of the hippie Passion play. Good acting, well-coordinated choreography, creative scenery and stage effects, and a solid pit orchestra performance delivered a “far-out” experience. Alongside title actor Vincent Burns, Joseph Foti (Judas) brought intensity, and Lorraine Tiderencel (Mary Magdalene) brought warmth and sensitivity. Clever use of vertical space enabled a cast of three dozen to work without appearing cramped.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan Between Broadway Theatre League's The Color Purple and the Endicott Performing Arts Center's Jesus Christ Superstar, its been a very spiritual week of theater for me. EPAC's version of Jesus Christ Superstar is moving and tender. The message of this timeless story is delivered profoundly, as the cast is clearly connected to the “bigger message” that this musical clearly spreads. (more…)...
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