Reviewed by Therese Bohn
What makes a good woman?
That is the question that pervades Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, which opened last Friday (April 28) at Binghamton University.
The parlor comedy, which is grandly being presented by BU’s theater department, revels in blurring the lines between what is considered a good or bad woman in high society, with many pokes at class distinction and what are deemed proper attitudes between men and women both in and out of marriage.
Lady Margaret Windermere is certainly a good woman: devoted wife, loving mother and the budding doyenne of...
Reviewed by George Basler
As the play Red opens, Mark Rothko is an aging artistic lion at the height of his powers and renown.
But he’s not a happy man. “We’re a smirking nation under the tyranny of the fine,” he sneers at one point before adding, “We are anything but fine.”
The peek into Rothko’s innate despair is one of the key plot points of Red, which opened this past weekend (April 14-17) at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. The intelligent, well-acted production asks questions about artistic integrity...
By George Basler
The Cider Mill Playhouse, now marking its 40th year, is making a major move.
In December, the venerable Endicott theater announced it had signed a contract with Actors Equity Association, the national union for actors and stage managers, making it the first Equity theater in Broome County.
To the general public, this move could seem like “inside baseball,” but it will mean big changes for the playhouse. By the 2017-18 season half the actors in a production, or the first five hired, whichever is less,...
Reviewed by Patrick Hao
The first thing you’ll notice going into Studio A to see Binghamton University’s mainstage production of God of Carnage is how the seats surround three sides of the stage. The seats are angled so that audience members look down onto the stage, much like Roman spectators preparing to watch a battle. In God of Carnage, the battle is between two sets of Brooklyn parents arguing over everything from parenting to gender differences.
This pitch-black comedy by Yasmina Reza, translated from the French by...