Tag Archives: Michael Arcesi

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...
Read more
Reviewed by George Basler Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities asks some provocative questions: When does truth-telling carry a cost that is too painful to bear? When does artistic freedom mean betrayal? Should some secrets stayed buried? It offers no easy answers, but it does provide an absorbing evening of theater. The play was nominated for a Tony Award and named as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. The recognition is well-deserved. Baitz’s play skillfully mixes intensely emotional moments with some brittle humor. The production, which opened last...
Read more
 Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri HB Who doesn’t love a good Western? Who doesn’t love a gangster story? In Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown by Bruce Graham, you get both, but it ain’t Bonnie and Clyde. Directed by Bill Lelbach, who also designed the simple, evocative, gravel-floored set, Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown is a compelling work that was premiered last year by the People’s Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, Pa. In its second incarnation, nicely done by the Chenango River...
Read more
Reviewed by George Basler Alzheimer’s disease is beginning to steal Gunner’s memory, but the blustering family patriarch is not about to go gently into that dark night. Instead, he hatches a plan to leave his wife and son financially secure and, he hopes, make up for the mistakes and shortcomings that have tainted his life with them over the years. This is the heart of Bruce Graham’s fine new play, The Outgoing Tide, which is being given a first-rate production at the Chenango River Theatre in Greene. The three-character...
Read more
Reviewed by George Basler The Stein family in End Days takes dysfunction to a whole new level. Dad is nearly catatonic after surviving the 9/11 attacks; Mom is a strident “born again” Christian; their daughter has embraced the “Goth girl” lifestyle complete with black eye makeup and cynicism. Their next-door neighbor is a nerdy teenager who continually dresses in an Elvis costume. Jesus and physicist Stephen Hawking stop by to pay visits. If this all sounds pretty bizarre, it is. But in the hands of a strong cast at...
Read more
Reviewed by Ralph Hall The Cider Mill Playhouse’s production of Breaking Legs by Tom Dulack is a nearly perfect defining of the 21st century term "profiling" with the added touch of humor. When you take everything one believes about a specific cultural, ethnic group and add a bit of slapstick comedy, identifiable human guilt and visible sexual overtones -- all performed by a talented cast -- the results have to be a great success. Read more
Reviewed by Ralph Hall
"Bus Stop" at Know Theatre
Zac Chastain (Bo) and Jessica Nogaret (Cherie) in "Bus Stop" at Know Theatre
A sold-out audience heartily welcomed KNOW Theatre’s production of William Inge’s play Bus Stop this past Friday night (Feb. 10).  Few writers for the stage have Inge's powerful command of the American language. With the words of four bus riders, a driver, a sheriff and two waitresses stranded in...
Read more