Civil War play debuts to full house at Roberson

Reviewed by Ralph Hall

Since Binghamton was established in the early part of the 19th Century, its residents have contributed in many ways to most world events including the American Civil War. Laura Cunningham’s new play, Apron Strings, chronicles the lives of six of those citizens returning from this war. Produced by Terry McDonald, Executive Director of the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, and directed by Judy McMahon, Apron Strings had its premiere performance Thursday (Feb. 23) in the newly renovated ballroom of the Roberson Mansion. Read the rest of this entry »

‘A Date With Fate’ leaves something to be desired

Reviewed by Sarah Roche

I really wanted to love this play. It was right up my alley — a local playwright, a local premiere with the college theater group, an intimate setting in BCC’s Little Theatre, a $3 ticket fee and a comedy based on Internet dating. I had been looking forward to this show all week. Read the rest of this entry »

Last chance to see world premiere of ‘I’m Not Dead Yet’

Final performances of the world premiere of Laura Cunningham’s “I’m Not Dead Yet” are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday (June 24-26)  and at 2 p.m. Sunday (June 27) at the Tri-Cities Opera Center, 315 Clinton St., Binghamton. The comedy, set around two elderly sisters fighting for the rights at their “last chance” assisted living center, is directed by Bill Gorman. Sunday’s performance  will be followed by a talkback with cast members and geriatric experts.

Direct from a highly applauded workshop production in New York City, this fully staged production stars Judy McMahon, Carolyn Christy-Boyden, Katherine Bacon, Betty Davenport, Sandy Monachino, Mickey Ray and Bill Denman. You can read Lee Shepherd’s Broome Arts Mirror review below.

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‘Not Dead Yet’ is alive and kicking

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

Just because the Parlor City Players’ “I’m Not Dead Yet” is about cranky old folks in a nursing home, don’t expect a G rating. The play, opening tonight (Thursday, June 17) at the Tri-Cities Opera Center in Binghamton, is definitely R-rated.

At Wednesday’s open final dress rehearsal, the timing needed a bit of tightening and a few lines needed locking in, but the two-act comedy was a rollicking, bumpy, risqué ride with a cast of fine Southern Tier actors. Local playwright Laura Cunningham’s hometown references – Channel 34 news, Robbie’s liquor store and a graduated senior community resembling any one of a half dozen Broome County facilities — delighted the audience. Read the rest of this entry »