Tag Archives: Patrick Lachance

Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

I came across a blurb in a 1925 edition of The New Yorker — one of the short paragraphs in the “Talk of the Town” section — that said In a Garden, a new play by Philip Barry, had “too many ideas to succeed.”

But in 1960, another show set in a garden, with a manageable set and set of ideas, absolutely succeeded -- and still does. The Fantasticks -- book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by...

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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....
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Reviewed by George Basler Silliness takes center stage in the Cider Mill Playhouse’s production of The 39 Steps, which opened this past weekend at the Endicott theater. An energetic cast of four actors, capably directed by Norm Johnson, cavorts across the stage in a comedy that sends up Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 film about an espionage ring in pre-World War II England. There are plenty of laughs, and some truly hilarious moments. But, like a guest overstaying his welcome, the comic shtick wears a bit thin as the...
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