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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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Reviewed by George Basler Watching Dutchman is like having a scab ripped off a fresh wound. The wound is race relations in the United States, and Dutchman is a bitter and disturbing play that offers emotional fireworks, but no comfort, about the issue. The fireworks are on full display in the KNOW Theatre’s riveting production that opened this past weekend (Sept. 9-11) at the downtown Binghamton theater and will run for two more weekends. Directed by Tim Gleason and starring Kymel Yard and Caitlin McNichol, both of whom give...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. This is what we tend to tell people who are trying to break into anything that will make them famous or successful, however they define it. And it’s one of the themes in Theresa Rebeck’s dialogue-rich two-act play, Seminar, about four young writers and their older, possibly wiser but definitely jaded, privately hired writing professor.  Joanna Patchett plays Kate, a comparatively wealthy young woman who hosts a 10-week writing seminar...
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By George Basler Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, which premiered on Broadway in 1976, is considered a cultural milestone as one of the first works to be written from an African-American woman’s point of view. The play was also a big hit, running 742 performances and receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. A lot has happened in four decades, but the work remains relevant and timely as America continues to have conversations about race and gender, said Amoreena...
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Reviewed by George Basler A slightly rundown New York City apartment is a strange place to find forgiveness and compassion, but that’s what happens in Visiting Mr. Green, which opened this weekend(Feb. 12-14) at the KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton. While the two-character play may be a bit glib and sentimental, it certainly provides its share of humor and pathos, both of which are on display in KNOW’s production, directed by Tim Gleason, the theater’s artistic director. The play is basically a showcase for the actors who inhabit the...
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proofReviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Yesterday (Sept. 11), on the opening night of KNOW Theatre’s 2015-2016 season, the former fire station in downtown Binghamton welcomed a packed house, and David Auburn's Proof, about a math professor and his daughters, brought the rapt, enthusiastic crowd to its feet.

Auburn’s Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play tantalizingly alludes to concepts and ideas to which even the playwright couldn’t have known the solution. Tricky dialogue fades at the end of...

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Reviewed by George Basler Photo journalist Sarah Goodwin (Amoreena Wade) has returned to her Brooklyn apartment with physical injuries and emotional scars from covering her latest war overseas. James Dodd (Eric Michael Patten), her writer boyfriend, is nursing her back to health while suffering from his own sense of burnout and guilt for leaving her alone in a war zone. Their interaction forms the basis for Time Stands Still, Donald Margulies’ provocative and compelling play that is receiving an excellent production at the KNOW Theatre in Binghamton. Wade and...
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