Gretchen Hull: Young in years, mature in performance

Reviewed by Lee Shepherd

It’s said that youth is wasted on the young. Not in the case of pianist Gretchen Hull, who is both very young and musically mature.
Hull, who taped a segment of Expressions Oct. 25 before a select audience in the state-of-the-art WSKG studio in Vestal, played piano with a technical virtuosity and expressiveness that belies her age. She’s a recent college grad, so she’s probably at least in her late teens or early 20s, but she looks about 16. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

For tickets, call 772-0400 or visit www.tricitiesopera.com.

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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 »