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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

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

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