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Reviewed by George Basler Back in 1960, Gore Vidal lobbed a grenade at American politics in the form of his satirical play The Best Man. While the intervening years have made the play seem positively quaint, it still packs some sting in a staged reading being performed this weekend by Southern Tier Actors Read (STAR) at the Phelps Mansion Museum in downtown Binghamton. The play is “somewhat of a period piece,” acknowledged Judy McMahon, STAR’s director, who is in the cast. That means dated. References to Joseph Alsop...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Is it just a coincidence that, in the turbulent fall of 2015, SUNY Broome Theater has produced a pair of plays under the heading Alien Invasions that focus on the importance of not letting paranoia and mob mentality rule the day? Maybe. But even if the timeliness of Gore Vidal’s Visit To a Small Planet and Rod Serling’s The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street was not planned, the messages conveyed in this pair of sci-fi scripts can easily be  connected,...

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