Tag Archives: Nick DeLucia

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 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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UPDATE: Additional performances have been added at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Dec. 16 and 17). Call the Phelps at 722-4873.

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

For the third year, Jan DeAngelo & Co. and Studio 271 Productions have brought their original adaptation of A Christmas Carol to the Phelps Mansion Museum in Binghamton. The show, which runs through Sunday (Dec. 18), sold out rather quickly, so you will want to be on the alert for ticket sales next year. Read more

Reviewed by George Basler Back in 1960, Gore Vidal lobbed a grenade at American politics in the form of his satirical play The Best Man. While the intervening years have made the play seem positively quaint, it still packs some sting in a staged reading being performed this weekend by Southern Tier Actors Read (STAR) at the Phelps Mansion Museum in downtown Binghamton. The play is “somewhat of a period piece,” acknowledged Judy McMahon, STAR’s director, who is in the cast. That means dated. References to Joseph Alsop...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Why there should ever be an empty seat at the KNOW Theater in Binghamton is beyond me. It doesn’t happen too often, but even one empty seat represents one fewer person whose life might be enriched by an amazing theatrical experience. One fewer ticket sold to help “keep the lights on,” as Artistic and Executive Director Tim Gleason would say. And one fewer voice to spread the word in the community that theater is alive and well at...

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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 On one level, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden is a taut psychological thriller. On another level, it asks some difficult questions, without providing easy answers: Do we need to forgive the unforgivable to preserve our own sanity? What is the morality of vengeance? When does forgiving and forgetting become dishonoring the victims? These questions are front and center in a riveting production of Dorfman’s provocative play that will run through next week at KNOW Theatre in Binghamton. The three cast members -- Dori...
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