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Editor's note: This is a revised version of the original review. Reviewed by George Basler Audience members know they’re in for a funny evening when even the pre-show announcement about fire exits and cell phones draws laughs. That’s the case with SRO Underground’s production of Avenue Q, which opened last weekend (May 12-14) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The laughs continue throughout the two-hour and 15-minute show that is basically a spoof of the beloved children’s series Sesame Street, replete with fuzzy puppets and actors pulling the strings. The performance...
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Reviewed by George Basler The musical 1776 originally opened on Broadway in the midst of the Vietnam War and the hippie era exemplified by Hair, which was running just down the block. The timing meant the show got labeled as a square peg in the round hole of a turbulent era. But while other artifacts of the era -- such as love beads, Nehru jackets and even Hair itself -- now seem comically dated, 1776 retains its freshness and relevancy. S.R.O Productions III’s crisp, well-acted production, which opened Jan....
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Reviewed by George Basler Evita raises a basic question: Can a strong musical score and first-rate staging overcome cardboard characters and a muddled plot? In the case of SRO Production III’s production, which opened this past weekend (June 3-4) at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, the answer is yes. Highlighted by a fierce and intelligent performance by Caitlin McNichol in the lead role, the show is consistently engaging. But the staging can’t disguise Evita’s shortcomings. The tone is cynical and cold and keeps the audience at arm’s length....
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Reviewed by George Basler On paper, Once On This Island, an unlikely marriage of Caribbean folk lore and Broadway conventions, sounds like a dubious undertaking. But any skepticism quickly goes by the boards. The SRO Productions III musical, which opened this past weekend (Jan. 22-23) at the Goodwill Theatre's Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, is a thoroughly captivating show. As performed by an energetic and appealing cast, it is an exuberant, if bittersweet, fairy tale marred only by a somewhat muddled ending. Created by Stephen Flaherty (music) and...
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Reviewed by Lee Shepherd What a sad and poignant story is The Last Five Years, staged by SRO Productions III for the past two weekends at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City. The story – the romance, marriage and break-up of two folks who move New York City to make their fame and fortune as a writer and actress -- is revealed during key points in their relationship, via song.

As with an opera, the singing is constant in this Jason Robert Brown show, with little or...

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri Know Theatre’s latest offering might just keep you up at night. When director Bernie Sheredy took on The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, he knew he was going to face some challenges. It takes a brave company, and director, to present a play with the level of difficulty this show presents. Just over 10 years old, this 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play lacks the pop culture recognition of some of the other works  to be seen in Binghamton. The theater is kept cool so that the...
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spelling bee 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...
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