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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

Can you predict the success of a musical production based on the comments heard in the crowded ladies' room at intermission?

If the show is Urinetown, and is produced by the Cider Mill Playhouse (CMP) in Endicott, then the answer is a resounding “yes!” (more…)

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Reviewed by Nancy Oliveri

I came across a blurb in a 1925 edition of The New Yorker — one of the short paragraphs in the “Talk of the Town” section — that said In a Garden, a new play by Philip Barry, had “too many ideas to succeed.”

But in 1960, another show set in a garden, with a manageable set and set of ideas, absolutely succeeded -- and still does. The Fantasticks -- book and lyrics by Tom Jones, music by...

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Reviewed by George Basler Silliness takes center stage in the Cider Mill Playhouse’s production of The 39 Steps, which opened this past weekend at the Endicott theater. An energetic cast of four actors, capably directed by Norm Johnson, cavorts across the stage in a comedy that sends up Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 film about an espionage ring in pre-World War II England. There are plenty of laughs, and some truly hilarious moments. But, like a guest overstaying his welcome, the comic shtick wears a bit thin as the...
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stageKissReviewed by Nancy Oliveri I got the feeling while trying to follow the action in the Cider Mill Playhouse’s production of Stage Kiss, that playwright Sarah Ruhl has more than a few gripes about theater people. She takes swipes at writers, actors and directors, painting most of them as the jerks she must have encountered from time to time in her own theatrical experience. Why any company would want to lift that veil is beyond me, but the challenge is...
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angelStreetReviewed by Nancy Oliveri If you love Victorian melodrama, pay a visit to the inhabitants of Angel Street. The 1938 play by Patrick Hamilton is running weekends through March at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott. In Angel Street, which became the 1944 Ingrid Bergman film Gaslight, a woman is driven to the brink of insanity by the tricks and mischief of her criminally disposed husband. Cider Mill regular Tim Mollen, who directed Angel Street, thanks his mom for introducing him to the...
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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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