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By Nancy Oliveri

A community-wide NEA Big Read program promoting reading and literacy is running throughout March and this weekend will include a compelling stage adaptation of the featured book.

SUNY Broome Professor Mary Donnelly has been the force behind bringing this program to our community. Said Donnelly, “The Big Read is a program from the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest, which sponsors programming in local communities to help everyone gather around a good book.”

For our...

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. This is what we tend to tell people who are trying to break into anything that will make them famous or successful, however they define it. And it’s one of the themes in Theresa Rebeck’s dialogue-rich two-act play, Seminar, about four young writers and their older, possibly wiser but definitely jaded, privately hired writing professor.  Joanna Patchett plays Kate, a comparatively wealthy young woman who hosts a 10-week writing seminar...
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proofReviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Yesterday (Sept. 11), on the opening night of KNOW Theatre’s 2015-2016 season, the former fire station in downtown Binghamton welcomed a packed house, and David Auburn's Proof, about a math professor and his daughters, brought the rapt, enthusiastic crowd to its feet.

Auburn’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play tantalizingly alludes to concepts and ideas to which even the playwright couldn’t have known the solution. Tricky dialogue fades at the end of...

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vieuxReviewed by Nancy Oliveri You probably already know that Tim Gleason is raising funds to take his Know Theatre ensemble to Cape Cod to present Vieux Carre at the International Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. But before they go at the end of this month, the cast and crew will present the play "in the round" at its Carroll Street venue for one more weekend: this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 19-20). You will never have a better chance...
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spamalot logo Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri About five years ago in New York, I had the pleasure to see Spamalot, the Eric Idle/John du Prez musical based on the cult classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so I think I’m in a good position to say that the Cider Mill Playhouse’s version is at least as hilarious, and every bit as fun.( I attended the Friday, June 6, performance.) The recorded sound track from Right On Cue Services...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Let me be clear: I love The Twilight Zone. But I think a part of creator Rod Serling’s genius is that his one-act plays, written specifically for television, play best on the small screen. These plays work well on television because the settings themselves are contained, usually an office or a living room, a restaurant, the surface of another planet or a residential neighborhood. The Binghamton University Department of Theatre, as part of their 2013-2014 season, is presenting two “theatricalized” Twilight Zone scripts, based on the...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri As of this writing (Nov. 17), you still have several opportunities to see the amazing fall musical by the Binghamton University Theatre Department. Jonathan Larson's Rent, directed by Tom Kremer, is at once heartbreaking, funny and even more poignant, because it has been dedicated to Susan J. Peters, the department’s beloved professor and musical director, who died last month. (She retired in 2012 after 40 years at the university.) Set in New York City, Rent is an update of Puccini's opera La Boheme, and...
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