Reviewed by George Basler
Tommy Iafrate said he wanted to take a non-traditional approach in his staging of The Wizard of Oz,which opened this past weekend (Nov. 10-11) at Binghamton University.
And the university’s director of musical theater certainly did that. The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow are played by female, instead of male, actors. The Wicked Witch of the West is played by a male actor in drag. The Wizard himself, or should I say herself, is played by a female actor.
And don’t expect...
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...
Editor's note: A BAMirror reviewer was unable to attend Hamlet. Fortunately, BCAC Executive Director Laura Knochen-Davis was in the audience during opening weekend (April 29-May 1).
By Laura Knochen-Davis
“To thine own self be true” is one of many familiar lines from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, being performed through Sunday (May 8) in Watters Theater at Binghamton University. That may have been a guiding principle for director Anne Brady, who decided to utilize an imagined contemporary Denmark with costumes and weapons that the audience could relate to in...
Reviewed by Patrick Hao
On face value, setting alternative rock tunes in a conservative village in 19th century Germany seems like a crazy notion. But Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning musical by Duncan Sheik (with lyrics and book by Steven Slater), perfectly blends the two. By equating 21st century teen angst to that of 19th century children, the musical, adapted from an 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, illuminates just how much nothing has changed when it comes to sexual awakening, rebellion and embracing individuality.
Binghamton University’s adaptation, directed by Tommy Iafrate, the...
Reviewed by Lory Martinez
This past weekend (April 24-26) audiences piled into Watters Theater at Binghamton University for Tartuffe, the classic French farce by Molière. The production, translated by Richard Wilbur and directed by Tom Kremer, is full of surprises, laughs and well-acted satire.
As a student of French literature at BU, I am well-acquainted with Moliere’s work. His comedies have always been well-praised in France and abroad for their ability to be translated and performed before modern audiences with the same end result: uproarious laughter. I was...
Reviewed by Lory Martinez
Last weekend (March 6-8), audiences piled into Binghamton University’s Watters Theater for the opening of Anne Brady’s production of Aaron Posner’s Stupid F##king Bird, loosely based on the Anton Chekov play The Seagull. The show, which addresses the nature of theater in a changing world, leaves one with a feeling of having seen something both incredibly absurd and thought-provoking.
One of the best things about going to the theater is seeing a character we can relate to or seeing a scenario in which we can cast...