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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The static stanzas of Shakespeare’s lovelorn sonnets will come booming to life on Feb. 12 as part of Kelli Bocock-Natale’s newly conceived production of “Love’s Passionate Fire” in the New Phoenix Theatre (95 Johnson Park).The show, pegged to... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fifty years ago today, the great vaudevillian performer Sophie Tucker died in New York City. On the occasion, The News sought out a comment from Tucker's longtime collaborator  and Springville resident Jack Yellen, the Polish-born lyricist,... Read More

By Ted Hadley » Saturday, February 6, 2016

You could certainly argue the case that “Bad Jews,” by the lauded young playwright, Joshua Harmon – currently one of the most performed plays in America and internationally – is, or perceived to be, offensive. Saul Golubcow, writing in Washington Jewish Week, suggested, tongue firmly in cheek, that maybe “Jews... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Imagined conversations among great historical figures seems to be the order of the day on the Buffalo theater scene. Fond memories of American Repertory Theater’s 2015 production of Steve Martin’s historical fantasy “Picasso at the Lapin... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Call it the honkiest, tonkiest theater joint in town. The American Repertory Theatre of Western New York will be the main tenant in a new 45- to 55-seat performance space in the Sportsmen’s Tavern, the Amherst Street music destination with a growing... Read More




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By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, January 29, 2016

A Hamburg-born theater production that allows audience members to determine the plot via remote control is inching closer to a major New York City production. “Mystery of the Silver Chalice,” a play by Buffalo Laboratory Theatre founder Taylor... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, January 29, 2016

1) Buffalo Soup-Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Entrance costs $5 and "Soup Bucks" cost $1 each. Commentary: If you're someone who likes to browse menus as much as I do, then the SoupFest... Read More

By Melinda Miller » Friday, January 29, 2016

The latest version of “Ring of Fire,” the Johnny Cash tribute show, is pared down and pepped up, and it plays out on stage as a celebration of Cash, not as an embodiment of him. He probably would prefer it this way. The “Ring of Fire” now... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rarely has danger felt less dangerous than in the touring version of “Pippin” that opened Tuesday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center. This circus-inspired revival of the 1972 show, whose creators promised a foreboding new take on Stephen Schwartz... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In 2005, Studio Arena Theatre staged what appeared at the time to be one of the more promising pieces of Buffalo-born theater in recent history. That local hit, conceived by William Meade and written and directed by Richard Maltby Jr., was the jukebox... Read More

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