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By Ted Hadley » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The late and acerbic George Jean Nathan, a 1920’s drama critic and editor – a colleague and friend of H.L. Mencken - was once asked about his definition of theater. “I think,” famously replied Nathan, “that theater is what literature does at night.” At the conclusion of Red Thread Theatre’s first... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

One of the most succinct morsels of wisdom to emerge from the movement for black lives is this widely circulated quote of uncertain attribution:“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”This is the motivating impulse in Jeff Talbott’s flawed but noble play “The Submission,” which... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Sunday, September 18, 2016

You have to give the world premiere of a play credit for even waking up in the morning. Then, after some coffee, you have to hand it the news. Here it is. Larry Gray’s “Dear Lydia,” which received its first-ever performance Thursday night at Alleyway Theatre, needs a lot of work. There are structural issues,... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, September 17, 2016

The flame of youth burns hottest just before it dies, and everyone in range of Tennessee Williams’ heartwrenching play “Sweet Bird of Youth” gets scorched. In Furtunato Pezzimenti’s sultry and doom-drenched production that opened Friday night in the Andrews Theater, that flame shoots bright and straight from the... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Saturday, September 17, 2016

There are always ghosts in the theater. They are the fears we cannot face, the company we cannot keep. They are the lies we decide to believe in order to survive. Of course, they are also our pathways to truth. This magic is on display at the New Phoenix Theatre right now, in their captivating production of Terrence... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Friday, September 16, 2016

“6 X 8” is so full of creative good will that you can’t help wishing the result was something more compelling. In eight vignettes written by five women, the Brazen-Faced Varlets’ latest show tries to unveil the dynamics of how women wind up in prison. But in most cases, despite their emotional and sometimes... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, September 16, 2016

Something in the roar of Niagara Falls attracts wayward souls. Three pairs of them converge on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment in David Lindsay-Abaire’s comedy “Wonder of The World,” which opened Thursday in a Buffalo Laboratory Theatre production in Shea’s 710 Theatre. And there they stay, holed up in a... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, September 10, 2016

You can take the playwright out of Buffalo. You can even try to take Buffalo out of the playwright. But the results, at least judging by Tom Dudzick’s play, “Don’t Talk to the Actors,” won’t be pretty. That goes for the characters in this backstage drama about a Buffalo playwright trying to make it in the... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Saturday, September 10, 2016

In the program notes for its latest stage production, the vintage Broadway musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Lancaster Opera House’s artistic director David Bondrow quotes amazing statistics to help celebrate the venerable old relic’s 35th anniversary: 1,000-plus shows and one million... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Saturday, September 10, 2016

Donald Margulies hit a home run, and a Pulitzer Prize, with his 1998 play “Dinner with Friends.” It’s a simple play, about everyday people, dealing with the consequences of infidelity. It’s not melodramatic. It’s not poetic. Like its four characters — two married couples attached at the hip and shared vacation... Read More

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