Reviewed by George Basler Man of La Mancha, which is being presented by Half Light Theatre, is an old-fashioned musical in the best sense of the word. The show trumpets idealism and hope in the face of inhumanity and degradation. That’s a welcome relief in an era that can be marked by skepticism, cynicism and the downright nastiness that pervades social media. Moreover, the musical is filled with well-crafted Broadway songs, notably “The Impossible Dream,” which retains its emotional resonance even after being played to death when Man of...Read more
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri I was invited to attend a full dress rehearsal of the musical Company, which Half Light Theatre Co. will open tonight (May 2) for a three-show run at the Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. The musical, with a book by George Furth and music by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim, explores the question of why people marry. Well, for the COMPANY of course … the fellowship and security of knowing someone is always “there.” Company first was produced in 1970; this production is directed...Read more
Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years opened last night (March 22) in Binghamton, a production of Half Light Theatre, one of the more recent entries into the theater community here. The show is not exactly a musical and is not exactly a play, but is more like an opera. I would call it a Pop Opera, but without any instantly sing-able melodies. I didn’t leave with any one song buffering in my head, just a sense of the work as a...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler Dracula has taken his lumps over the years since being created as a Victorian novel by Bram Stoker in 1897. Old snaggleltooth has taken on holy water, crucifixes, garlic and stakes and still managed to keep on ticking. But Dracula: The Musical just might permanently kill him. (more…)...Read more
By George Basler Half Light Theatre, a new Binghamton-based theater company, is planning to mark its first anniversary with a special evening this coming weekend. On Friday (July 27), the company will take over the grand mansion foyer of the Roberson Museum and Science Center for a gala fund-raising event that will begin with wine sampling and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. followed by a performance of Terrence McNally's play Master Class at 7:30 p.m.
Reviewed by George Basler In his remarkable 40+-year career, nobody has ever accused Elton John of understatement. To the contrary, John's name conjures up a rock star image with over-the-top performances in large arenas and stadiums, outrageous costumes and driving rock bands. One image that doesn't leap to mind is performing his songs in a intimate, cabaret setting, with only a keyboard accompanist. That is the challenge being taken on this weekend by the Half Light Theatre, a new local theater group, which is peforming a wide-ranging concert...Read more
Did you find artful ways to begin the month of June? BAMirror's Rebecca Sheriff was at Half Light Theatre's production of No Exit (see review below). I caught the wonderful Downtown Singers concert on Saturday -- kudos to Alan Crab and all the soloists, singers and orchestra members. How about you? Did you "art walk"? Were you at the final Madrigal Singers concert of the season? Please share....Read more