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intoTheWoods Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Cider Mill Playhouse's season opener, Into the Woods (book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), is a bold choice, and the first under the leadership of new Executive Director Gail King Belokur. With the nearly 30-year-old musical still growing in popularity and slated to be a film this Christmas, the timing was right, and, on the whole, I think the cast and crew were up to it --  but with a...
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spamalot logo Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri About five years ago in New York, I had the pleasure to see Spamalot, the Eric Idle/John du Prez musical based on the cult classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so I think I’m in a good position to say that the Cider Mill Playhouse’s version is at least as hilarious, and every bit as fun.( I attended the Friday, June 6, performance.) The recorded sound track from Right On Cue Services...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd For high opera (actually an operetta), the Tri-Cities Opera production of Die Fledermaus is as low-brow as you can get. The production, which opened last night (Friday, May 2) at The Forum in Binghamton, tapped every hilarious comedy convention you can name – funny accents, self-deprecating humor, slapstick, drunken pratfalls and, of course, mistaken identities with dire and amusing consequences. The show abounds with silliness, ad libs, inappropriately cited literary quotes, one-liners, references to current events and puns galore....
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By Barb Van Atta Don Juan’s not going to get much sympathy around Tri-Cities Opera this year. Previously when the opera company has presented Don Giovanni, Mozart’s take on the legendary lothario, the directors have been male. Thus, acknowledged TCO General Director Reed Smith recently, a slight “boys will be boys” patina seemed to cover many of the roué’s ruses, despite his final fiery fate. But now the dashing Don is facing his biggest challenge: an all-female production team, including...
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Reviewed by Tony Villecco Tri-Cities Opera has prepared a lavish and vibrant new production of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece, Carmen. A very full house Friday (Oct. 25) at The Forum witnessed a performance that was near perfect, with only some minor discrepancies. The production showcased both some very young voices and some more mature singers, bringing vigor to Bizet’s already powerful score. As the carefree gypsy, Carmen, mezzo Ginger Costa-Jackson started somewhat timidly. However, by the second act, she lit up like a firecracker. Her characterization was helped by the...
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