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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 Nancy Oliveri

Should you sit for over two hours to get to the end of a musical that tells the story of two people whose fate you already know?

Yes, you should.

In its first full-length musical, Theatron Productions is presenting Bonnie and Clyde at the Tri-Cities Opera Center in Binghamton. The two-act hybrid outlaw rock opera/swing band-era work shows clear influences of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benny Goodman and even Bon Jovi, which, for people with varied tastes in music, keeps things interesting.

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Reviewed by George Basler Miss Saigon is a story of love and sacrifice set amidst one of the ugliest and most misbegotten wars in American history. It’s a credit to the Endicott Performing Arts Center Repertory Company that both the sacrifice and ugliness come through clearly in a production that opened this past weekend (March 7-9) at the Endicott theater. The show, which continues this weekend (March 14-16), is stunning in every respect from the stellar leads to strong supporting players to a fine ensemble. Lorraine Tennant’s direction is also...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Having just seen and reviewed a stage presentation of Harvey, a comedy about the state of mental health care and one character's invisible friend just a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but draw a few comparisons with SRO Productions III’s Next to Normal. This show also is about the state of mental health care, an invisible friend and a family’s angst, but that’s where the similarity ends. This intense rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt was...
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Reviewed by George Basler In staging Godspell, co-director Ann Szymaniak wanted to put forth a message of love, acceptance and hope that “our fast-paced cynical society needs to hear.” On a less spiritual level, the musical, which has been around for 42 years now, is an opportune chance for younger performers to try out their singing and acting skills in a zestful show that requires youthful exuberance to make it work. Both spirituality and this exuberance are on display in the SRO Productions III’s presentation of the show...
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