Tag Archives: Gail King Belokur

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

There’s a reason why The Importance of Being Earnest endures. Oscar Wilde’s 1895 farce about Victorian manners and polite society is funny – and so is the production that opened Thursday (Jan. 26) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott.

The actors use believable accents, and the physicality, facial expressions, blocking, pregnant pauses and character business, under the direction of Tom Kremer, all work to keep up the play’s engaging and entertaining...
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when-in-carthReviewed by Nancy Oliveri

When the Cider Mill Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Gail Belokur, commissioned hometown theatrical wunderkind Santino DeAngelo to write a farce, she knew exactly what she was doing. And, apparently, so does DeAngelo.

The playwright,/composer/lyricist/commercial producer, now based in New York, has already had his work seen in the Big Apple. His musical Foolerie won the New York Musical Festival's 2015 Next Link Project, and he has been mentioned...

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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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stageKissReviewed by Nancy Oliveri I got the feeling while trying to follow the action in the Cider Mill Playhouse’s production of Stage Kiss, that playwright Sarah Ruhl has more than a few gripes about theater people. She takes swipes at writers, actors and directors, painting most of them as the jerks she must have encountered from time to time in her own theatrical experience. Why any company would want to lift that veil is beyond me, but the challenge is...
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angelStreetReviewed by Nancy Oliveri If you love Victorian melodrama, pay a visit to the inhabitants of Angel Street. The 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton is running weekends through March at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. In Angel Street, which became the 1944 Ingrid Bergman film Gaslight, a woman is driven to the brink of insanity by the tricks and mischief of her criminally disposed husband. Cider Mill regular Tim Mollen, who directed Angel Street, thanks his mom for introducing him to the...
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intoTheWoods Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Cider Mill Playhouse's season opener, Into the Woods (book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), is a bold choice, and the first under the leadership of new Executive Director Gail King Belokur. With the nearly 30-year-old musical still growing in popularity and slated to be a film this Christmas, the timing was right, and, on the whole, I think the cast and crew were up to it --  but with a...
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