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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

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chronic latecomers to Shakespeare in Delaware Park who have had to settle for a patch of grass with an obstructed view have no further reason to worry. Thanks to a $1.2 million refurbishment project, a much wider swath of the picturesque hill where the company performs will be available to theatergoers this season,... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, June 16, 2016

Artpark’s annual Fairy House Festival, typically a cute and compact affair for kids featuring arts and crafts activities and storytelling sessions, is expanding this year into an international performance festival. The two-day event, organized by Artpark’s new executive director Sonia Kozlova Clark and overseen by... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The late, great classical actress Dame Judith Anderson once said about the theater that “When the lights go down, the pulse goes up.” It’s apt, for actors and audiences alike.Anderson’s belief fits Canada’s famed international Stratford Festival perfectly, particularly for its new season – 13 plays in four... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, June 9, 2016

Among the most underrated musicals of the last 15 years is David Yazbek’s adaptation of the throwaway 1998 film “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” The show debuted in 2004 with a flash of Tony Award nominations and almost as quickly vanished into the theatrical ether. And that’s a shame, because Yazbek’s... Read More

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Few have observed Buffalo’s grass-roots culture more closely, or mined it more productively, than Ron Ehmke.Since arriving in Western New York in the early 1980s, Ehmke has explored the cultural life of the region from every direction. As an activist, he helped to found the Western New York chapter of the AIDS activist... Read More

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

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