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Reviewed by George Basler The Glass Menagerie is a play bathed in melancholy and misconception. As one of the main characters tells the audience in the first scene, “I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” But “the pleasant disguise” is left in pieces by the end of the heartbreaking play that is generally considered the first major work of the playwright Tennessee Williams. The play’s greatness is on full display in the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ production, which opened this past weekend (Oct. 6-8) and will run...
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Reviewed by George Basler Put simply, Thorton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth is a play you’ll either love or hate. Written in 1939, and first performed in 1942, the tragicomedy totally rejects naturalism (some would say logic) for abstraction, allegory and absurdity. In short, it’s one of the most bizarre, and polarizing, mainstream dramas ever produced on the American stage. The play was a hit when it first opened on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. But time has not been kind. The Skin of...
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Reviewed by George Basler Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a classic play that deals with the ideas of personal honor and mass hysteria. It is also considered a classic of American drama and, as such, is a much studied work. The downside of this distinction is that the word “classic” comes with its own baggage, making a play seem a daunting experience that is worthwhile, but not particularly inviting. But don’t let those feelings keep you away from The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production, which opened this past weekend...
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Reviewed by George Basler "Nothing On,” one of the most hackneyed and labored farces in recent memory, is now on display in Owego. And the play’s ineptitude is matched by the cast’s own incompetence and buffoonery But don’t worry: That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Watching the aforementioned theatrical disaster unfold is the joy of Noises Off, a superlative farce by English playwright Michael Frayn that is now being given a solid, funny production by the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players. Noises Off, which was a hit on both sides...
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Reviewed by George Basler The famous American playwright George F. Kaufman glumly observed that “satire is what closes Saturday night.” Kaufman wasn’t talking about The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, but he could have been. The musical, which opened this past weekend at the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego, is a collection of first-rate songs sabotaged by a pretentious, contrived plot that makes for a long evening. The 1964 show -- with book, music and lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse --...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The basic history for Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon is familiar to anyone who was around for the scandal that destroyed the presidency of one man and revived the foundering television career of another. But the play, which opens the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players’ 2014-15 season, also provides the juicy back story of how Richard Nixon granted post-Watergate/post-pardon interviews to British talk show host David Frost. In the process, it explores these serious questions, now blurred by the 24-hour news cycle: How can you distinguish news from...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players in Owego open their 2013-2014 season with a familiar three-act comedy, Harvey by Mary Chase. The title character, as most people know, is a rabbit, a very tall rabbit, that nobody else but Elwood P. Dowd can see. Well, maybe. We follow a few days in the lives of Elwood, a single man; his widowed sister, Veta Louise, and her pretty young daughter, Myrtle Mae. The ladies want Elwood committed to a mental institution, Chumley’s Rest, so that they can sell...
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