Review: ‘Love and Mercy’ and a tortured, musical genius

This unusual music-biopic of Brian Wilson tosses aside the cradle-to-grave approach taken by so many other efforts. Instead the screenwriters focus on two periods of Wilson’s life, decades apart, to bring us a mesmerizing film about musical genius, abuse, resilience, compassion and love.

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Review: SU Drama stops at ‘Avenue Q’

I had the delightful pleasure of going to Syracuse University Drama’s production of the TONY AWARD winning musical of “Avenue Q”. As SU Drama director Brian Cimmet says, “‘A Chorus Line’ isn’t about dancers, it’s about pursuing dreams. ‘Sweeney Todd’ isn’t about eating people, it’s about revenge. And ‘Avenue Q’ isn’t about puppets, monsters, or racism (although the show does deal with these themes using puppets at the forefront of it all). It’s about growing up, learning, teaching and educating. It was the letter ‘a’ and the number four, when we were kids, and it’s tolerance and compassion, when we’re adults. The lessons don’t stop!”

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Review: CNY Playhouse stages ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

I recently saw The Central New York Playhouse’s newest production of the gritty drama, “Glengarry Glen Ross.” This play is set in Chicago in 1983 with act one in the fall of that year and the second act taking place a week later; telling the story of real estate workers who are trying to compete with one another by getting leads and closing on properties in the neighborhoods of Glengarry and Glen Ross. A robbery is staged in the office and deceit ensues.

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