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Editor's note: This is a revised version of the original review. Reviewed by George Basler Audience members know they’re in for a funny evening when even the pre-show announcement about fire exits and cell phones draws laughs. That’s the case with SRO Underground’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last weekend (May 12-14) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The laughs continue throughout the two-hour and 15-minute show that is basically a spoof of the beloved children’s series Sesame Street, replete with fuzzy puppets and actors pulling the strings. The performance...
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Reviewed by George Basler The musical 1776 originally opened on Broadway in the midst of the Vietnam War and the hippie era exemplified by Hair, which was running just down the block. The timing meant the show got labeled as a square peg in the round hole of a turbulent era. But while other artifacts of the era -- such as love beads, Nehru jackets and even Hair itself -- now seem comically dated, 1776 retains its freshness and relevancy. S.R.O Productions III’s crisp, well-acted production, which opened Jan....
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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...
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