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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

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, April 13, 2016

One of the quintessential musicals of the 1960s and most revived shows of all-time is getting a new production in MusicalFare Theatre, where director Chris Kelly’s take on “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will open April 13. The show, with a witty score by Frank Loesser and a critically lauded... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, April 8, 2016

1) Thawfest, 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). General admission is $39, while VIPs pay $59. Commentary: Mother Nature is cruel sometimes. For example, an anticipated event like Thawfest is greeted with snow, wind and temperatures in the 20s. [See photos from the Madd Tiki Winter Luau, a... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What’s the secret to delivering raunchy humor to supposedly buttoned-up Broadway audiences? Puppets. That, in a nutshell, is the deceptively simple and enduring genius of Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s 2003 musical “Avenue Q,” which has been a hit with local audiences both in Shea’s Performing Arts Center and... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The math is impressive: since 1992, Alleyway Theatre’s “Buffalo Quickies” festival has been responsible for 197 one-act plays, including 119 world premieres and 67 regional premieres. Festival coordinator Joyce Stilson directed 149 of those plays, which have featured 136 actors performing in 521 roles. The annual... Read More

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