Reviewed by Lee Shepherd The Summer Savoyards' The Sorcerer created magic last night (Friday, July 14) in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University. One of Gilbert & Sullivan's lesser-known comic operas, presented here as a "staged concert," didn't skimp on much. It featured the full-length score and script, but minimal sets and costumes. The show is full of humor and pathos, timely social commentary, beautiful soaring voices and the spirited acting for which the company is known.
Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri When a man takes his wife on a cruise to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and deliberately jumps overboard, you know something’s not quite right. In Deborah Zoe Lauffer's frothy comedy Sirens, as produced by the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, we learn what happens when one half of a couple tries to force the other half to feel something that he or she just doesn't feel any more. Sam Abrams, energetically played by Dean Robinson, has lost...Read more
By Nancy Oliveri All Shook Up, the last show of the Cider Mill Playhouse’s 2012-2013 season, is a hunk-a-hunk-a burning love story fashioned around some of the Elvis Presley's most memorable tunes, strung together by Joe DiPietro in a plot that is a funny, topical, gender-bending and a small town civics lesson to boot. In the show, which opened Thursday (June 6), the residents of a Midwestern town where nothing happens are all shook up by the arrival of a hip swingin’, song singin’ “roustabout,” Chad...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler You don't have to be a cynic to like Chicago, but it sure helps. There's not an ounce of sentiment in the new production of the acclaimed musical now being staged at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, and that's the way it should be, because Chicago is one of the most caustic shows ever to be a hit on Broadwway. The musical's world is one in which innocence gets crushed, goodness is for saps and corruption wins the day. Don't look for "heart"...Read more