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By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, July 29, 2016

When it comes to taming shrews, few do it with more flair or panache than Spanish pirates. This seems to be the paper-thin motivation behind Steve Vaughan's clever but ultimately unsatisfying take on Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" that opened July 28 in Delaware Park. Like Coldplay, cilantro... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, July 29, 2016

When it comes to putting a new sheen on a forgotten comedy, you can't go wrong with camp. That's the wise approach director Morris Panych took with his outlandish production of "Engaged," a little-known piece by W.S. Gilbert about the rampant hypocrisies of young social climbers. The production is the latest in a... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, July 29, 2016

Oh, nay thee didn't. Few English writers are responsible for more cutting insults than William Shakespeare, whose epic, multi-syllabic takedowns appear in his comedies, tragedies and history plays alike. And though most 21st century listeners have no concrete idea of what they mean -- what is a "leathern jerkin,... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kevin Leary, a Buffalo actor and arts administrator and graduate of the University at Buffalo's arts management program, has been appointed managing director of Theatre of Youth. In his new position, Leary will oversee the financial and day-to-day operations of the children's theater company headquartered in the... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Call it Shakespeare by way of "Pirates of the Caribbean." That's the cheeky setup for Shakespeare in Delaware Park's production of "The Taming of the Shrew," the endlessly adaptable and controversial comedy set to open July 28. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through Aug. 21. Director Steve... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Your summer is about to get weirder. July 28 marks the first day of this year's Buffalo Infringement Festival. It's an annual uncapping of the region's creative underground, which sends a kaleidoscopic stream of creativity spewing into the streets of Allentown and environs for 11 manic days. So large and... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not thrilled with the prospect of chosing between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for president this year? Perhaps we could interest you in Grover Cleveland, the former Buffalo mayor and U.S. president who served two terms in the White House in the late-19th century. Despite being dead for a solid 108 years,... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, July 23, 2016

It is possible to laugh so hard that you go into labor? That seems to be the case for one Buffalo woman, whose family credits comedian Jim Gaffigan for sending her straight from hysterics to the maternity ward hours after his show in the First Niagara Center. On Tuesday night, Julie Kolb and her husband Patrick... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Terrence McNally elevated name-dropping from an annoying habit to a high art in his 1982 hit "It's Only a Play," a self-conscious look at theatrical egos run amok that was revived on Broadway to huge applause in 2014. Now, Buffalo United Artists is mounting its own version of the comedy. The show, part of a long... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's a scene you'd expect to find along the Seine in Paris or the Thames in London: painters with their smocks and easels, soaking up the landscape and setting it down on canvas. That cosmopolitan activity will soon become a common sight at Canalside, which announced it is making available free art supplies and... Read More

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