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...Read more
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Reviewed by Nancy OliveriIt’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...
Reviewed by George Basler Eugene O’Neill is the Mt. Everest of American drama. A climb to the summit can be a daunting task for audiences and actors alike. But once there, the view is overwhelming. Such is the case with A Moon for the Misbegotten, a heart-wrenching play that O’Neill wrote at the end of his career. KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton is now making the climb in a production that opened this past weekend (I attended the June 21 performance) and will run through Sunday (June 28)....Read more
UPDATE: Additional performances have been scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7. Seating is general admission. Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, words and music by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, pokes fun at the very solemn business of competitive spelling. The plot is a little thin to sustain the concept for as long as the show requires, but, at the same time, it gives each actor --spellers and adult facilitators...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler A lot of things from the 1960s haven’t aged well: love beads, Nehru jackets and bell-bottom trousers, to name a few. And, based on a production that opened last weekend at Binghamton’s KNOW Theatre, Murray Schisgal’s Luv can be added to the list. A smash hit when it opened on Broadway in 1964, the comedy was blessed with the serendipitous cast of Alan Arkin, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. Directed by Mike Nichols, it ran for 901 performances and carted off several Tony awards. But...Read more