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By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

If a producer was tasked with creating a musical designed to be played on a vintage Atari, the undercooked kitsch-fest that is the touring version of “Dirty Dancing” might be considered a success. But the robotic theatrical version of the popular 1987 movie that opened a six-day run in Shea’s Performing Arts... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Sunday, May 1, 2016

Politics makes you gag, doesn’t it? It’s a gross, slimy, bilious fact. Beau Willimon’s “Farragut North” pulls back a tiny corner of a presidential campaign’s blood-soaked veil. It covers a mere 24 hours in the week before the crucial Iowa caucus, an epic time for an embattled campaign staff. But it feels... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Sunday, May 1, 2016

The audience is in on the con from the start in “Wait Until Dark,” a 1960s thriller that, while showing its age, still has the ability to deliver an exciting climactic punch to a receptive audience. Frederick Knott’s narrative is straightforward: The newlywed Susie Hendrix is confronted in her basement apartment... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Sunday, April 24, 2016

The title of “The Yeats Project” implies something workmanlike and studious, while the reality of “The Yeats Project” on the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s stage is the exact opposite. The show literally has wings. Through an inspired collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater, the spiritual... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, April 15, 2016

How to succeed in reviving a period piece without falling victim to that period’s pitfalls: Hire Chris Kelly to direct it. That was the wise but so far only partially effective tack taken by MusicalFare Theatre for its kitsch-laden and impossibly high-spirited production of the old chestnut “How to Succeed in... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Sunday, April 10, 2016

The one real takeaway from the production of “Women on Fire,” on stage now at O’Connell & Company, is what an acting treasure Buffalo has in Mary Kate O’Connell. The show is a series of 20 monologues performed here by five women and, while all do a fine job with their respective assignments, it is... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, April 9, 2016

Western New York has not yet had its fill of “Avenue Q,” the raucous, clever and frequently filthy musical that beat out “Wicked” for the best musical Tony Award in 2003. This much was evident in the 710 Main Theatre on Thursday night, when MusicalFare Theatre’s lauded 2012 production of the show was revived... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Given what you might know about theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gargantuan budgets and blockbuster receipts, you might understand the hesitancy felt by some, including this theatergoer, to news in 2011 of his new “The Wizard of Oz.” The hypercolorized London (and later, North American) productions would... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Sunday, April 3, 2016

“Buffalo Quickies,” Alleyway Theatre’s festival of one-act plays, is a spring ritual, the presentation of world and regional premieres written by playwrights near and far. It has been a breeding ground for first-time playwrights, a launching pad for full productions, and a showcase for the theater’s annual Maxim... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Saturday, April 2, 2016

Somewhere on our planet – maybe beyond, who knows? – a production of Ken Ludwig’s run-amok farce, “Lend Me a Tenor” is in rehearsal or already up and running. The play has remained immensely popular since it bowed in London in 1986. It later moved to Broadway – where then New York Times drama critic Frank... Read More

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