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UPDATE: A performance has been added at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25). Reviewed by Tony Villecco SRO Productions III is giving Southern Tier residents a great big gift for having to endure a long, cold spell of nasty weather. A word of advice, though: Get your tickets immediately, because this production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is that good. A capacity audience on opening night Friday ( Jan. 19) was treated to some exceptional local talent mastering the musical’s very complex score. How does...
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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 Evita raises a basic question: Can a strong musical score and first-rate staging overcome cardboard characters and a muddled plot? In the case of SRO Production III’s production, which opened this past weekend (June 3-4) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the answer is yes. Highlighted by a fierce and intelligent performance by Caitlin McNichol in the lead role, the show is consistently engaging. But the staging can’t disguise Evita’s shortcomings. The tone is cynical and cold and keeps the audience at arm’s length....
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