Tag Archives: Pat Morrissey

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 Watching Dutchman is like having a scab ripped off a fresh wound. The wound is race relations in the United States, and Dutchman is a bitter and disturbing play that offers emotional fireworks, but no comfort, about the issue. The fireworks are on full display in the KNOW Theatre’s riveting production that opened this past weekend (Sept. 9-11) at the downtown Binghamton theater and will run for two more weekends. Directed by Tim Gleason and starring Kymel Yard and Caitlin McNichol, both of whom give...
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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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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

It’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...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri I confess … I was completely taken by Bill C. Davis' Mass Appeal, which opened last night (Feb. 14) as part of Know Theatre's 20th anniversary season. A packed house greeted the performance at Know's Binghamton City Stage in a former downtown firehouse. These days, any church would be grateful for that kind of turnout. Mass-Appeal-splash_square_image Continuing weekends through March 2, Mass Appeal is a two-man play about the teacher-student relationship between an establishment priest and a...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd What a perfectly crafted and finely acted play! I’m talking about the Know Theatre’s production of Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, directed by Tim Gleason and featuring Jason Hill, Ilana Lieberman, Jessica Nogaret, Susan Stevens and Jason Walsh. On Saturday (Feb. 9), Know fulfilled its mission of “lifting the quality of life for downtown Binghamton.” (Note: Opening night occurred during last Friday blizzard with only nine brave souls in the audience.) Circle Mirror Transformation, which tells the tale of five would-be thespians taking an acting...
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