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By Melinda Miller » 12:01 AM

There is a unique pleasure that comes from watching an ensemble click – a pleasure separate from the pleasure gained from the show itself.And when it happens, what a treat! “Click” they do in O’Connell & Company’s closing show of the season, Stephen Sondheim’s landmark musical “Company.”The singing is... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Saturday, May 21, 2016

There’s no better antidote to cynicism than the famous penultimate lines of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” in which the ghost of a young woman speaks about the microscopic pleasures of life before trudging back to her grave. “Wait!” says... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The life of a stage actor is filled with sacrifices. For the honor of performing a show several times a week, performers routinely miss family birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings and other important events for the chance to tread the... 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... 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... Read More




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By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, May 12, 2016

Every once in a while, you need a good cry. And there are few more efficient routes to tear-driven catharsis than a production of A.R. Gurney’s endlessly rewatchable play “Love Letters,” running through May 22 in the 710 Main Theatre in an often... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Thursday, May 12, 2016

“The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” begins after the dust has settled, with two houses in ruins, two pigs digested and one suspect in custody awaiting trial. In this musical version of the fable, the wolf has devoured the pigs in the houses of... 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... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, May 10, 2016

If Shakespeare was right, and all the world’s a stage, Buffalo is about to see a whole new world.Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the free summer festival founded in 1976, is breaking ground May 12 for the new stage installation. The installation begins... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, May 9, 2016

Even over the crackly connection of a transcontinental conference call, the warmth and admiration Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal feel for each other comes across with perfect clarity. And it stands to reason. Theirs is one of the longest-standing... Read More

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