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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The static stanzas of Shakespeare’s lovelorn sonnets will come booming to life on Feb. 12 as part of Kelli Bocock-Natale’s newly conceived production of “Love’s Passionate Fire” in the New Phoenix Theatre (95 Johnson Park).The show, pegged to Valentine’s Day and billed as a “contemporary look” at the... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Imagined conversations among great historical figures seems to be the order of the day on the Buffalo theater scene. Fond memories of American Repertory Theater’s 2015 production of Steve Martin’s historical fantasy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” still linger. Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, who never actually met,... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In 2005, Studio Arena Theatre staged what appeared at the time to be one of the more promising pieces of Buffalo-born theater in recent history. That local hit, conceived by William Meade and written and directed by Richard Maltby Jr., was the jukebox show “Ring of Fire,” which was based on the songs of Johnny Cash.... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Youthful optimism flecked with the danger and darkness of adulthood. Hope tinged with a little bit of fear. That’s how you might describe the elusive forms and feelings evoked in “Pippin,” the hit 1972 musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson that consummated American theatergoers’ commitment to an... Read More

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

David Oliver, a Niagara Falls native, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Oliver, 59, acts and directs, working frequently with companies such as Irish Classical Theater and Torn Space. As an actor, his roles tend to the extreme: He’s played the Marquis de Sade, Gregor Samsa (who becomes a... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Subversive Theatre’s first production of the new year is, by now, not a new story, though it’s still relevant and still piercing. “Keely and Du” tells of a pregnant woman, Keely, kidnapped by two Right-to-Life extremists in what is called an “unflinching abortion rights drama.” The battle lines between Keely... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, January 11, 2016

The Irish Classical Theatre Company, along with the rest of the American theater, is on something of an Arthur Miller kick. Following last season’s well-received production of “Death of a Salesman,” the company has brought back director Greg Natale to mount Miller’s “All My Sons,” a haunting family drama set... Read More

Monday, January 4, 2016

Award-winning musical actor and singer Natasha Drena plays the legendary Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow,” starting Jan. 8 at the Kavinoky Theatre. Drena, 40, lives in Savannah, Ga., where she’s the artistic director at the Lucas Theater’s cabaret series. She’s starred in shows such as “Kiss Me, Kate,”... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, December 17, 2015

Torn Space Theater, the Buffalo company known for its ambitious theater projects in disused spaces throughout the city, announced plans Thursday for an experimental theater festival in August, 2016. The centerpiece of the festival, timed to coincide with Torn Space's own summerly site-specific theater piece, will... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dads have it tough. Consider the story of Joseph of Bethlehem, who not only bore the heavy duty of raising the son of God -- I mean, no pressure -- but also spiriting him and his wife away from a violent campaign of widespread infanticide launched by the evil King Herod. St. Joe was a smooth operator and had it... Read More

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