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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Six women’s lives play out in a Louisiana beauty parlor in Steel Magnolias, a two-act play by Robert Harling that was made into a star-studded film in 1989. I've never seen the movie, but I found the stage version  engaging, as directed by Lorraine Tennant and Matt Gaska at the Endicott Performing Arts Center.

Over the course of nearly three years, at the end of the big hair decade of the...

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Reviewed by George Basler Hold on to your hats: a human tornado in the form of Mama Rose is anchoring an outstanding new production of Gypsy by the Endicott Performing Arts Center Repertory Company. Mama Rose is the centerpiece of the show, and Terri-Jo Ramia gives a blistering performance as the classic stage mother who plays out her own frustrated dreams of fame through the lives of her two children. The rest of the cast is equally good, from the leads to the supporting players to those filling smaller...
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By George Basler The Southern Tier, during the past year, wallowed in revenge, murder, cannibalism and lust. Don’t panic: We’re not talking real life here, but the world of the stage. For whatever reason, Broome and neighboring counties were treated to three productions of Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s classic musical horror story about a naïve barber who becomes a revengeful serial killer. The Endicott Performing Arts Center mounted a production last fall and Tri-Cities Opera in the spring. The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown is currently staging the bloody...
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EPAC photo providedReviewed by Nancy Oliveri

The Endicott Performing Arts Center gave EPAC regular Dallas Elwood his directorial debut last night (Friday, April  1) with a production of John Steinbeck’s play Of Mice and Men (based on his novella). The three-act play, performed with one intermission and set in and around a Depression-era California ranch, was co-directed by Matt Gaska, another face familiar to local audiences.

Elwood is set to graduate in May from...

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Reviewed by George Basler In the 37 years since it was first staged, Sweeney Todd has become one of Stephen Sondheim’s most produced musicals. It’s also one of the darkest musicals ever to grace the Broadway stage. Hearts and flowers aren’t on display here. Instead, hatred, lust and depravity take center stage in the penny-dreadful tale of bloody revenge in Victorian London. The musical requires the cast to convey the right tone and also perform a difficult score with complex lyrical passages, atonal melodies and counterpoint. So it...
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Batboy ensembleReviewed by Nancy Oliveri A few times during Thursday's opening night of the Endicott Performing Arts Company’s Bat Boy -- The Musica (July 17)l, I couldn't help but note a few eyebrows lift around me as if to say, "What just happened there?" To illustrate: a miked performer trades ear-splitting volume for emotion. Eyebrows. The actors and singers prepare to set up another groan-inducing scene to further explain what’s goin’ on. Eyebrows. The ensemble gathers in some kind of hellish...
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