Tag Archives: Tim Gleason

Reviewed by George Basler The Nance, which opened this past weekend (Sept.  8-10) at KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton, is an extremely funny send-up of old-fashioned burlesque shows, filled with routines that were old when your grandfather was in knickers. The play is also a touchingly sad character study as the life of its main character crumbles through self-delusion and self-loathing. These two aspects may seem an odd combination -- like mixing cherry soda with vinegar -- but a superb cast pulls it off in a terrific production...
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Reviewed by George Basler The latest KNOW Theatre production is entitled Provocative, Pointed and Purely Funny: An Evening with Edward Allan Baker, and that pretty much sums up what audiences will experience. Black humor, social commentary and heartache are on full display in Baker’s three one-act plays , which opened this past weekend (April 7-9) and will run for two more weekends. While the plays are uneven, powerful performances by a first-rate cast make for a compelling evening. Baker, whose lengthy resume includes 14 one-act plays, is currently chair of...
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Reviewed by George Basler Over the past 24 years, Binghamton’s KNOW Theatre has established a solid reputation for presenting provocative and/or less well-known plays. Its latest production, Of the Fields, Lately, which opened this past weekend (Feb. 10-12), certainly fits that bill. The slice-of-life family drama, set in 1961, was written by Canadian playwright David French, who, I acknowledge, I had never heard of before. It’s one in a cycle of five, semi-autobiographical plays about the Mercer family, a solidly working-class family from Newfoundland, now living in Toronto. As...
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Reviewed by George Basler Watching Dutchman is like having a scab ripped off a fresh wound. The wound is race relations in the United States, and Dutchman is a bitter and disturbing play that offers emotional fireworks, but no comfort, about the issue. The fireworks are on full display in the KNOW Theatre’s riveting production that opened this past weekend (Sept. 9-11) at the downtown Binghamton theater and will run for two more weekends. Directed by Tim Gleason and starring Kymel Yard and Caitlin McNichol, both of whom give...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Why there should ever be an empty seat at the KNOW Theater in Binghamton is beyond me. It doesn’t happen too often, but even one empty seat represents one fewer person whose life might be enriched by an amazing theatrical experience. One fewer ticket sold to help “keep the lights on,” as Artistic and Executive Director Tim Gleason would say. And one fewer voice to spread the word in the community that theater is alive and well at...

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know. This is what we tend to tell people who are trying to break into anything that will make them famous or successful, however they define it. And it’s one of the themes in Theresa Rebeck’s dialogue-rich two-act play, Seminar, about four young writers and their older, possibly wiser but definitely jaded, privately hired writing professor.  Joanna Patchett plays Kate, a comparatively wealthy young woman who hosts a 10-week writing seminar...
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Reviewed by George Basler A slightly rundown New York City apartment is a strange place to find forgiveness and compassion, but that’s what happens in Visiting Mr. Green, which opened this weekend(Feb. 12-14) at the KNOW Theatre in downtown Binghamton. While the two-character play may be a bit glib and sentimental, it certainly provides its share of humor and pathos, both of which are on display in KNOW’s production, directed by Tim Gleason, the theater’s artistic director. The play is basically a showcase for the actors who inhabit the...
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