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By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, August 18, 2016

A new era is dawning at the Shaw Festival, the Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.-based repertory company that recently appointed Tim Carroll as its new artistic director. On Thursday, the festival announced its first season under Carroll's leadership, which... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

In 2013, Buffalo playwright Neil Wechsler launched his theater festival Against the Grain with grand ambitions to transform Buffalo into an international center for outdoor theater. To call Wechlser's goal Quixotic is to overestimate Quixote.... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Saturday, August 13, 2016

Director Eda Holmes pulls a wicked doubleheader this season at the Shaw Festival, taking on two of the strongest female protagonists in the theatrical canon: the title character in George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” and Mrs.... Read More

By Ben Siegel » Friday, August 12, 2016

Thank goodness for Lisa Codrington. Her gutsy new play, “The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God,” does an impressive thing at the Shaw Festival’s Court House Theatre. Her one-act play, which runs as part of the festival’s... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Monday, August 8, 2016

Gowanda native and theater administrator Michael G. Murphy will replace Anthony C. Conte as president and CEO of Shea's Performing Arts Center, the downtown institution announced Monday afternoon. Murphy, 55, is managing director of The Old Globe... Read More

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By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, August 5, 2016

Taken individually, August Strindberg and Conor McPherson are two of the darkest playwrights who ever set pen to paper. Put them on the same bill, and they're almost too gloomy to bear. Such is the crushing mood of Martha Henry's production of... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Thursday, August 4, 2016

In her final season as artistic director of the Shaw Festival, Jackie Maxwell was determined to produce a play by the South African writer Athol Fugard. After watching Philip Akin's clean and crushing production of Fugard's "'Master Harold'... And... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, July 29, 2016

When it comes to taming shrews, few do it with more flair or panache than Spanish pirates. This seems to be the paper-thin motivation behind Steve Vaughan's clever but ultimately unsatisfying take on Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Friday, July 29, 2016

When it comes to putting a new sheen on a forgotten comedy, you can't go wrong with camp. That's the wise approach director Morris Panych took with his outlandish production of "Engaged," a little-known piece by W.S. Gilbert about the rampant... Read More

By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, July 29, 2016

1) Edgefest, 1 to 11 p.m. July 31 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Tickets range from $40 to $63 and can be purchased here. Commentary: Sure, we don't get the Lollapaloozas or Bonnaroos of the world, but Buffalo has carved out an underrated set of summer... Read More

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