Comedy and commentary ring true in ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

Reviewed by Lory Martinez

Elizabeth Mozer’s Binghamton University directorial debut, Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, follows a woman named Jean (Christina Catechis), who finds — what else? — the phone belonging to Gordon, a dead man, and begins to answer it. She meets his mistress (Jacobella Luongo); his mother, Mrs. Gottlieb (Sarah Lees); his brother, Dwight (Rob Tendy); his wife, Hermia (Arshia Panicker) and his organ-trafficking business associate, “the stranger” (also played by Luongo). On the surface, this is a situational comedy about a woman who keeps this man’s memory alive by keeping in contact with the people in his life, but ultimately it is a play about communication. Read the rest of this entry »

One night + three BU shows = Lots of feelings

Reviewed by Lory Martinez

The graduate students of Binghamton University’s theater department presented their versions of Elizabeth Wray’s futurist parable, Forecast; Thornton Wilder’s 1930s comedy, The Happy Journey from Trenton to Camden, and Edward Allan Baker’s  family drama, Up Down Strange Charmed Beauty and Truth yesterday (Feb. 28) in Studios A and B in the Fine Arts Building. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Mauritius’ depicts sticky world of stamp collecting

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

Stamp collecting — it ain’t just the beloved pastime of geezers and geeks. If you don’t believe philately isn’t simply an innocent hobby, but something far more sinister, you must see Mauritius, presented by the Binghamton University Theatre Department. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Reckless’ well-executed at BU’s Anderson Center

Reviewed by Sarah Roche

“Reckless” by Craig Lucas begins on Christmas Eve with an intoxicatingly optimistic Rachel (Alison Maria Fasolino) reminiscing about Christmases of the recent past and her and her young children’s excitement over the holiday. Fasolino is a wonderful fit for this part; she portrays the effervescent yet grating over-exuberance of a mother bubbling over with words but unable to stop for a moment to see that nothing is as it seems. Rachel gets a rude awakening when her husband, Tom (Andrew Bryce), confesses that he has hired a contract killer to end the one-sided conversation for good. Read the rest of this entry »

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