Anthony Chase

Theater Talk Host

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Theater Talk: BPT's 'The Children's Hour;' BUA's 'The Homosexuals' open tonight

Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" from the 1930s is not a "modern" play, but in style harkens back to Henrik Ibsen's realist dramas.  With a controversial topic, a rumor of lesbianism at a girl's school, Buffalo Public Theatre opens tonight at The New Phoenix Theatre on Johnson Park.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Theater Talk: "Blood Type: Ragu" opens at the Smith

While the first round of plays for most theaters are winding down, and before the next cycle, there is still plenty of theater.  And coming up, "Ain't Misbehavin'" at Musicalfare and "The Children's Hour" at New Phoenix Theater, which offers a very intimate experience.  "Blood Type: Ragu" is at the Smith, and is all about growing up Italian.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Theater Talk remembers Marian Seldes

The lights on Broadway dimmed for star of stage, film, radio and television, Marion Seldes, best known for her work in the plays of Edward Albee. Seldes died Monday at 86 after six decades of "ruling" Broadway with her regal presence. 

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Theater Talk: 'All Quiet' tells a dark story with power and grace

Most of the Curtain Up! plays continue into October, including "All Quiet on the Western Front" at the New Phoenix Theater on Johnson Park in Buffalo, part of the international 100-year look back at World War I.  This sad story of young Germans who volunteer together is told with power and grace and is enhanced by the puppetry of Michele Costa.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Theater Talk remembers Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen died last Saturday at the age of 84.
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Stage and screen star Polly Bergen passed away last Saturday at the age of 84. Nominated for a Golden Globe, a Tony, and multiple Emmy awards (she won for "The Helen Morgan Story"), she might be best remembered for her appearances on the television game show "To Tell the Truth."

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Art/Theater
7:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Theater Talk: 'Over the Tavern' is back for Curtain Up!

After 20 years, Buffalo playwright Tom Dudzik's "Over the Tavern" continues to delight audiences, this time at the Kavinoky Theater through October 5. Set in 1959, the story of 12 year-old Rudy who goes "knuckle to ruler" with his teacher, Sister Clarissa, has been tightened up a bit, but all of the familiar cultural references remain intact.

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Art/Theater
9:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Theater Talk: Full houses expected for Curtain Up!

Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase will be the emcee at this year's Curtain Up! gala dinner at Shea's Performing Arts Center next Friday, September 19. While the dinner always sells out, the local theater productions themselves sell out even faster. 

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Art/Theater
8:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Theater Talk: Joan Rivers remembered

Millions have enjoyed the comedy of Joan Rivers for decades on television, but comedy was only intended to support her while she launched her Broadway career. Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. Anthony Chase recalls seeing her on Broadway, as well as many local stages.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Theater Talk...or is it Theatre Talk?

On the eve of Labor Day, Peter and Anthony discuss the Astor Place Riot of 1849, which stemmed from a theatrical rivalry. 

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Theater Talk: Fall delights at the Shaw Festival

Anyone who experienced Bruce Norris's riveting "Clybourne Park" at 710 Main Theatre, a Road Less Traveled production, will be interested to know that Norris's play "Qualms," currently in Chicago, continues the tradition of making audiences uncomfortable. 

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Art/Theater
4:45 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Theater Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall

Twice this week, the lights on Broadway were dimmed, a custom that honors the passing of a major star. Though best known for their work in film, Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams had strong ties to the stage. Anthony Chase and Peter Hall discuss their contributions in this week's Theater Talk.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Theater Talk: Chita Rivera, still a star at 81

On this week's Theater Talk, Anthony and new co-host Peter Hall talk about the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Anthony says the audience was so moved by legendary Broadway performer Chita Rivera's dancing that many openly wept. Also, it looks like Kander and Ebb's final musical The Visit might make it to Broadway after 11 years.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Theater Talk: Shakespeare, Mary Poppins, The Master Builder

Gabe and Tony discuss the history of Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, Mary Poppins opening at ArtPark, and a staged reading of Ibsen's The Master Builder.  Tony also reviews Poseidon!  An Upside Down Musical.


Art/Theater
7:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Theater Talk: RIP Elaine Stritch and summer theater

On this week's Theater Talk, Gabe DiMaio and Anthony Chase discuss the death of theater legend Elaine Stritch.

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Art/Theater
10:08 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Theater Talk: Infringement Festival shows and more

On this week's Theater Talk, Gabe and Anthony talk about The May Queen at Chautauqua Theater Company, The Local One Act Showcase at American Repertory Theatre, Hecuba Again at Albert Invincible Theatre, Detour at Torn Space Theater, The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and Poseidon: An Upside Down Musical at Alleyway Theatre.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Theater Talk: The joys of smaller productions

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase & WBFO'S Gabe DiMaio bring you the weekly theater roundup!
Credit WBFO News photo

This week on Theater Talk, Gabe and Tony discuss smaller productions and the the role that they play in the theater-going experience.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Theater Talk: 'Menopause The Musical' & 'Side by Side by Sondheim'

On this week's edition of Theater Talk, Gabe and Anthony talk about Menopause The Musical, Side by Side by Sondheim, and the death of Mary Rodgers.

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Theater Talk
7:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Theater Talk: Henry V, Assassins, and Raisin in the Sun

Theater critic Anthony Chase reviews the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Henry V."

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Theater Talk: Shakespeare in the Park's Henry V

Theater Critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Gabe DiMaio preview the Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Theater Talk: Artie Award Winners and "Evita"

WBFO's Gabe DiMaio and theater critic Anthony Chase congratulate some of the Artie Award winners from last Monday's awards ceremony.

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Theater Talk
9:27 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Theater Talk: More on the Arties and Woody Allen's new Broadway musical

WBFO's Gabe DiMaio and theater critic Anthony Chase preview Monday's ceremony where the local Arties will be awarded.

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Theater Talk
6:30 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Theater Talk: Artie nominations

Theater critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Gabe DiMaio tell us the nominations are out for this year's Artie Awards. 

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Theater Talk: Opera in Buffalo

Opera in Buffalo!  Theater critic Anthony Chase and host Gabe DiMaio talk about this weekend's productions by two local opera companies.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Theater Talk: The return of A.R. Gurney's "Buffalo Gal"

Theater critic Anthony Chase says he saw the latest production of A.R. Gurney's "Buffalo Gal," this one staged by the New Phoenix Theatre at 95 Johnson Park.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Theater Talk: ICTC's "The Plough and the Stars" and more

Theater Critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio in previewing "The Plough and the Stars," opening Friday night at the Irish Classical Theatre, and "Captain Jett Bettington and the Adventures on Planet Earth," a comedy by Jason Kaiser and Jacob Albarella now on stage through May 10th (Thurs. - Sat.) at the Alt Theater, 255 Great Arrow Ave. 

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Theater Talk: L.A. theater and two local shows

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio.  Tony traveled to Los Angeles this past week where he saw two shows -- Noel Coward's "A Song at Twilight" and actress Annette Bening in "Ruth Draper's Monologues." 

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Theater Talk: A humorous look at a national tragedy

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio and reviews "Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire."

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Theater Talk: 'The Trojan Women' and more

The Trojan Women by Buffalo Public Theatre

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio with a review of "The Trojan Women," now playing through April 19 at Theaterloft. It's a presentation of Buffalo Public Theatre in association with Ujima Company.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Theater Talk: Reviews of NYC shows, plus Shea's "Once" and TOY's "Robin Hood"

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio about Tony's recent trip to New York City, where he caught "Rocky, the Musical" and "Aladdin, the Musical."  Plus, Tony reviews "Once" at Shea's, which he describes as "beautifully staged." And he highly recommends TOY Company's production of "Robin Hood."

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Theater Talk: "Once" at Shea's, plus "Stones in His Pockets" and more

WBFO's Gabe DiMaio and theater critic Anthony Chase are still enjoying the St. Patrick Day's holiday by noting the Irish theme of several local shows. Tony previews "Once," opening Tuesday at the Shea's Performing Arts Center. Plus, he has reviews of "Stones in His Pocket" at the Irish Classical Theatre, "Good People" at the Kavinoky and "An Iliad" at Road Less Traveled.

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