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By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, May 14, 2016

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – It’s a balmy Thursday night at the Shaw Festival. The curtain is about to rise on Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” the first production of the season. And Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell is in her element. As she shakes hands and makes casual conversation with theatergoers before... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, May 13, 2016

1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 p.m. to midnight May 14 in Memorial Park and the Village of Hamburg. $12 in cash at the event gets you a wristband for all of the music; you can find the full music schedule here. Commentary: Festival organizers did an impressive job curating the music lineup, as a wealth of different genres... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, May 11, 2016

After 14 years as the public face of the Shaw Festival, artistic director Jackie Maxwell is saying farewell to the venerable repertory company in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. But not before making one more bold and imaginative statement – in the form of a 10-play season only Maxwell could have envisioned. That season... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, May 9, 2016

Even over the crackly connection of a transcontinental conference call, the warmth and admiration Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal feel for each other comes across with perfect clarity. And it stands to reason. Theirs is one of the longest-standing Hollywood friendships, extending from their memorable appearance... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2016

In the summer of 1967, the simmering tension and anger that had defined life for Detroit’s black residents for decades finally reached a boiling point. The city broke out in a violent riot, that by the time it was over had killed 43 people, caused untold amounts of property damage and cemented Detroit’s post-boom image... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Subversive Theatre and the New Phoenix are teaming up again, another in a nearly decade-long collaboration on plays centered around injustice. The pairing’s previous outings include such political tales as “Waiting for Lefty,” “Inherit the Wind” and “On the Waterfront.” Add to that a new production of Abby... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, April 28, 2016

Among ’80s hits seemingly ripe for stage adaptations, few would seem to fit the bill better than “Dirty Dancing,” the endlessly quotable and quintessentially American take on teenage longing in the age of Reagan. Think of the possibilities: the period choreography; the simmering sexual tension; the jean shorts.... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mounting a political drama could be seen as a risky move for a theater company in the midst of one of the more contentious presidential elections in recent years. But even as Facebook feeds overflow with political commentary and Western New Yorkers recover from our week at the center of the political conversation, Road... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, April 25, 2016

The life and times of former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello will take center stage in the Road Less Traveled Theater on June 4 as the company presents a one-night fundraiser honoring the local politician. The event is the first in a new annual series for Road Less Traveled called "Buffalo Stories," which will spotlight... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Three Buffalo performance companies are joining forces to produce an innovative, multisensory project featuring two seldom-produced plays by the great Irish writer W.B. Yeats opening April 22 through May 8 in the Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.). “The Yeats Project: Two Plays by W.B. Yeats” will combine the talents of... Read More

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