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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

There’s a reason why The Importance of Being Earnest endures. Oscar Wilde’s 1895 farce about Victorian manners and polite society is funny – and so is the production that opened Thursday (Jan. 26) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott.

The actors use believable accents, and the physicality, facial expressions, blocking, pregnant pauses and character business, under the direction of Tom Kremer, all work to keep up the play’s engaging and entertaining...
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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

AnyVanyaone even remotely familiar with the body of work by Russian playwright Anton Chekov (1860 - 1904) will recognize three of the four names in the title of the Cider Mill Playhouse’s latest show. “Vanya” and “Sonia” (from Uncle Vanya) and “Masha” (from The Seagull) will ring a bell, but the fourth, decidedly slangy name, “Spike,” will not.  You will not have seen a “Spike” type...

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Reviewed by George Basler Comedian Lewis Black has made a career out of being an angry curmudgeon, spraying insults and invective about the absurdities of modern life. So who would have thought  that, under all that bluster, he has a sweet, sentimental side. That’s one revelation of Black’s play One Slight Hitch, that is now receiving an uneven production at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The play, which opened Thursday (Oct. 30), is part television sitcom, part farce and not as funny as it should be -- at least in...
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