Tag Archives: James Osborne

Reviewed by George Basler The Glass Menagerie is a play bathed in melancholy and misconception. As one of the main characters tells the audience in the first scene, “I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” But “the pleasant disguise” is left in pieces by the end of the heartbreaking play that is generally considered the first major work of the playwright Tennessee Williams. The play’s greatness is on full display in the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ production, which opened this past weekend (Oct. 6-8) and will run...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri How do you fit as big a show as La Cage Aux Folles into as intimate a space as the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center? You use every available inch of the stage, and the center staircase aisle of the house, too. You don’t shy away from a single sequin — the glitzier the better — and you use live music with brass, keyboard and percussion. La Cage Aux Folles translates from the French to...
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Reviewed by George Basler Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a classic play that deals with the ideas of personal honor and mass hysteria. It is also considered a classic of American drama and, as such, is a much studied work. The downside of this distinction is that the word “classic” comes with its own baggage, making a play seem a daunting experience that is worthwhile, but not particularly inviting. But don’t let those feelings keep you away from The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production, which opened this past weekend...
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Reviewed by George Basler Watching the onstage antics of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is like looking at an artifact from the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The dinosaurs in this case are the male employees of the World Wide Wicket Company Inc., who personify the male chauvinism of American corporate life circa 1960. While that age has largely passed into the dustbin of history, How to Succeed thankfully hasn’t. Despite some slow moments, the show remains as spritely and funny as when...
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Reviewed by George Basler In the 37 years since it was first staged, Sweeney Todd has become one of Stephen Sondheim’s most produced musicals. It’s also one of the darkest musicals ever to grace the Broadway stage. Hearts and flowers aren’t on display here. Instead, hatred, lust and depravity take center stage in the penny-dreadful tale of bloody revenge in Victorian London. The musical requires the cast to convey the right tone and also perform a difficult score with complex lyrical passages, atonal melodies and counterpoint. So it...
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Reprising the role for the fifth (and certainly not the last) time with her company, Theatre Street Productions, Andrea Gregori this weekend is bringing her signature portrayal of diva Maria Callas to the Endicott Performing Arts Center. This not-to-be-missed performance, previously presented regionally at the Ti-Ahwaga Playhouse in Owego, the Roberson Center in Binghamton and the Waverly Opera House, is a tour de force for Gregori. (more…)...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The basic history for Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon is familiar to anyone who was around for the scandal that destroyed the presidency of one man and revived the foundering television career of another. But the play, which opens the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ 2014-15 season, also provides the juicy back story of how Richard Nixon granted post-Watergate/post-pardon interviews to British talk show host David Frost. In the process, it explores these serious questions, now blurred by the 24-hour news cycle: How can you distinguish news from...
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