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Editor's note: This is a revised version of the original review. Reviewed by George Basler Audience members know they’re in for a funny evening when even the pre-show announcement about fire exits and cell phones draws laughs. That’s the case with SRO Underground’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last weekend (May 12-14) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The laughs continue throughout the two-hour and 15-minute show that is basically a spoof of the beloved children’s series Sesame Street, replete with fuzzy puppets and actors pulling the strings. The performance...
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Reviewed by George Basler Evita raises a basic question: Can a strong musical score and first-rate staging overcome cardboard characters and a muddled plot? In the case of SRO Production III’s production, which opened this past weekend (June 3-4) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the answer is yes. Highlighted by a fierce and intelligent performance by Caitlin McNichol in the lead role, the show is consistently engaging. But the staging can’t disguise Evita’s shortcomings. The tone is cynical and cold and keeps the audience at arm’s length....
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Should you sit for over two hours to get to the end of a musical that tells the story of two people whose fate you already know?

Yes, you should.

In its first full-length musical, Theatron Productions is presenting Bonnie and Clyde at the Tri-Cities Opera Center in Binghamton. The two-act hybrid outlaw rock opera/swing band-era work shows clear influences of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benny Goodman and even Bon Jovi, which, for people with varied tastes in music, keeps things interesting.

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spelling bee UPDATE: Additional performances have been scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7. Seating is general admission. Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, words and music by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, pokes fun at the very solemn business of competitive spelling. The plot is a little thin to sustain the concept for as long as the show requires, but, at the same time, it gives each actor --spellers and adult facilitators...
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