Reviewed by George Basler The world got you down? Feeling a little under the weather? A surefire remedy is a short drive away at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The remedy isn’t a pill, but a sparkling production of the 1936 comedy You Can’t Take It With You, which chronicles the eccentric Sycamore family as it happily copes with the Great Depression of the 1930s. The play opened last Thursday (Nov. 5). Sure, the play is a bit old-fashioned, but that doesn’t diminish the craftsmanship and skill of George S....Read more
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, now in its sixth season, is “the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Academy. Goodwill Theatre is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality arts and entertainment programming to the community.” That is the description in promotional materials and on the Goodwill website, and anyone who has been there can attest to that. Consider the interactive production of Les Miserables there not too long ago, a performance few who saw it...Read more
Did you participate in the monthly art walk (as either a walker or an artist)? Were you in the audience for a high school musical? Did you, like me, try to catch up on Oscar winners that you hadn't seen yet? (First thought after finally seeing Argo: Christoph Waltz must have been absolutely amazing in Django to have been deemed more worthy of the Best Supporting Actor award than the hilarious Alan Arkin.) Please join our conversation....Read more
[caption id="attachment_3313" align="alignleft" width="106"] Heidi Weeks, Jim Hull[/caption] By George Basler The night of Jan. 12, 1955, was one that changed Rod Serling's life. On that night, his teleplay, "Patterns," appeared on the Kraft Television Theatre during what is now called "the Golden Age" of live television. The play, which focuses on psychological bloodletting in the corporate boardroom, was an immediate smash hit and won Serling the first of his six Emmy Awards, said Larry Kassan,...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler Violence is on display at the KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton. The instruments aren't guns or knives, but verbal cruelty and desperation that can warp human beings. This desperation is the main theme of KNOW's first-rate production of David Mamet's controversial, 1984 Pulitzer prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross. Set in a Chicago real estate office, the play focuses on a group of salesmen willing to go to any lengths to survive in the dog-eat-dog world where the highest- grossing salesman wins a Cadillac, and...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.
Did you participate in the First Friday Art Walk? Were you in the audience -- or on stage -- for a high school musical? Did you catch a play, concert or reading? Please share your opinions and experiences here....Read more