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Reviewed by George Basler By the time the KNOW Theatre production of True West ends, it looks like a bomb has gone off in the pristine Southern California home where the action takes place. Beer cans liter the floor; food has been dumped on the rug, and the kitchen has been trashed. The physical destruction is symbolic for the emotional explosion that has taken place during the play as two brothers engage in a mutually destructive face-off that leaves their lives blown to pieces. True West is one...
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KNOW Theatre presents Sam Shepard's

True West

KNOW Theatre is proud to present True West by the late Sam Shepard.  Performances will be at Binghamton City Stage, 74 Carroll Street, February 8th through the 25th, with Pay-What-You-Can night being Thursday, February 15th at 8pm.   Friday and Saturday performances are at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for Seniors, and $15 for Students. About the Play A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983, this American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented...
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By George Basler Seamus Lucason had never been in Binghamton before last weekend. What drew him here was the opportunity to see one of his plays performed for the first time. The Irish playwright, whose works have been produced in both Ireland and America, made the five-hour drive from Boston to be at KNOW Theatre’s Playwrights and Artists Festival for the play’s debut. “What it means for me is the chance to see what works, and what doesn’t work,” he said. Lucason is one of six playwrights featured...
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Reviewed by George Basler The Nance, which opened this past weekend (Sept.  8-10) at KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton, is an extremely funny send-up of old-fashioned burlesque shows, filled with routines that were old when your grandfather was in knickers. The play is also a touchingly sad character study as the life of its main character crumbles through self-delusion and self-loathing. These two aspects may seem an odd combination -- like mixing cherry soda with vinegar -- but a superb cast pulls it off in a terrific production...
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Reviewed by George Basler Nobody ever accused Edward Albee of playing it safe. And that’s certainly not the case with The Goat or, Who is Sylvia, which opened this past weekend (June 9-11) at KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, and it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A fine KNOW Theatre cast, well directed by James B. Nicola, makes it a compelling evening of theater. But the subject matter is about...
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Reviewed by George Basler The latest KNOW Theatre production is entitled Provocative, Pointed and Purely Funny: An Evening with Edward Allan Baker, and that pretty much sums up what audiences will experience. Black humor, social commentary and heartache are on full display in Baker’s three one-act plays , which opened this past weekend (April 7-9) and will run for two more weekends. While the plays are uneven, powerful performances by a first-rate cast make for a compelling evening. Baker, whose lengthy resume includes 14 one-act plays, is currently chair of...
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Reviewed by George Basler Over the past 24 years, Binghamton’s KNOW Theatre has established a solid reputation for presenting provocative and/or less well-known plays. Its latest production, Of the Fields, Lately, which opened this past weekend (Feb. 10-12), certainly fits that bill. The slice-of-life family drama, set in 1961, was written by Canadian playwright David French, who, I acknowledge, I had never heard of before. It’s one in a cycle of five, semi-autobiographical plays about the Mercer family, a solidly working-class family from Newfoundland, now living in Toronto. As...
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