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By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, August 18, 2016

A new era is dawning at the Shaw Festival, the Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.-based repertory company that recently appointed Tim Carroll as its new artistic director. On Thursday, the festival announced its first season under Carroll's leadership, which officially begins in December. Though the lineup is not exactly a... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's a big weekend for Torn Space Theater, the experimental outfit best known for staging eye-popping and often haunting spectacles in the hollowed-out warehouses and grain silos of post-industrial Buffalo. The inaugural Response Performance Festival, featuring new work by Torn Space co-founder Dan Shanahan and New... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In 2013, Buffalo playwright Neil Wechsler launched his theater festival Against the Grain with grand ambitions to transform Buffalo into an international center for outdoor theater. To call Wechlser's goal Quixotic is to overestimate Quixote. Despite his efforts to raise money and forge alliances with other... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, July 29, 2016

1) Edgefest, 1 to 11 p.m. July 31 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets range from $40 to $63 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Sure, we don't get the Lollapaloozas or Bonnaroos of the world, but Buffalo has carved out an underrated set of summer music festivals. One week after Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle rocked... 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 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 » Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A quartet of Broadway veterans will perform in Amherst on July 9 for the grand opening of the Academy of Theatre Arts' new home on Transit Road. Performers Mandy Gonzalez, Priscilla Lopez, Telly Leung and Adam Pascal -- whose collective credits span some of the most popular Broadway productions in recent memory --... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, June 30, 2016

At 7 p.m. July 6, MusicalFare Theatre (4380 Main St.) will take a crack at telling an embellished tale of a populist political upheaval and the controversial figures who led it. We’re not talking about America or Britain in 2016, but Argentina in the 1940s and ’50s, a time when working-class Argentinians were... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shakespeare in Delaware Park kicks off its 41st season with a return to its roots: “The Winter’s Tale,” the very first play produced by the company, in 1976. This retelling is directed by company founder and artistic director Saul Elkin, and stars Matt Witten, Patrick Moltane, Jenn Stafford and Lisa Vitrano. It is a... Read More

By Alyssa Fisher » Tuesday, June 21, 2016

When Liz Callahan was growing up in Riverside, she remembers not having anything to do. Now, there’s almost too much.   “Summer is only so long,” she said. “I think it’s wonderful that there are so many different opportunities to get out in the city.” Although the calendar insists summer has just begun,... Read More

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