Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri When a man takes his wife on a cruise to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and deliberately jumps overboard, you know something’s not quite right. In Deborah Zoe Lauffer's frothy comedy Sirens, as produced by the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, we learn what happens when one half of a couple tries to force the other half to feel something that he or she just doesn't feel any more. Sam Abrams, energetically played by Dean Robinson, has lost...Read more
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By George Basler Theater officials swear it’s a coincidence, but fans of the British comedy troupe Monty Python should be licking their chops with glee. That’s because two local theater companies -- the Endicott Performing Arts Center and the Cider Mill Playhouse -- will be mounting productions of the Broadway smash musical Spamalot over the next seven months. That’s a lot of “spam” for a community this size, and officials emphasize it came about by chance, not by planning. Now they hope that there are enough Python fans to...Read more
Reviewed by George Basler At first glance the plot of Trying seems to be the worst kind of theatrical cliché. One character in the two-character play is a cantankerous, demanding old man. The other is a bright, efficient young woman who goes to work for him. Of course, they’re going to start the play clashing with each other. Of course, there going to end up feeling mutual respect and affection. But don’t let the plot summary discourage you. Trying, now playing at the Cider Mill Playhouse in...Read more
EDITOR's NOTE: Over the next few weeks, BAMirror will be chatting with recently appointed leaders of local arts organizations. We begin, appropriately, at the Cider Mill Playhouse, which opens its 37th season tonight (Sept. 13). By George Basler As he begins his first full season as executive director of the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, Robert Rogers knows he has taken over a theater with a proud heritage.. He knows that the venerable playhouse, which is starting its 37th season this week, has become an important part of...Read more
[caption id="attachment_2897" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Ava Crump and Buzz Roddy (photo by Stephen Appel)"][/caption] The Neil Simon farce Last of the Red Hot Lovers opened this past week at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The production, directed by Penny Powell, features Buzz Roddy, Dori May Ganisin, Marjorie Donovick and Ava Crump. George Bernard Shaw is quoted as saying that the French do not really care what they do as long as they...Read more
Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan The Cider Mill Playhouse's production of "Unnecessary Farce" is anything but unnecessary. It's a riot! Under Penny Powell's capable direction, the cast shines. This play is classic farce, full of awkward situations, sexual innuendo and play on words. The ensemble members show their talent as they tackle all of these aspects with great ease. As an actor, I know that this is no easy feat and requires a lot of diligence and skill.