Anthony Chase

Theater Talk Host

Listen for Theater Talk, Friday morning at 6:30 and 8:30 during Morning Edition.

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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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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Theater Talk: Mr. Chase goes to Washington

Theater critic Anthony Chase is joined by Gabe DiMaio on Theater Talk, as Tony shares his experience of viewing a play in Washington, DC starring actress Kathleen Turner.  He also reviews "Porgy and Bess" at the Shea's Performing Arts Center. 

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Art/Theater
9:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Theater Talk: Chase checks shows in NYC

Friday means it's time to check out what's on stage. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Theater Talk host Anthony Chase discuss local performances and Chase's recent visit to New York City.

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Art/Theater
4:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Theater Talk: Chase conducts preview on Shaw Festival for WNED program

WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase.

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase will appear Friday night on WNED Television at 9:30 for a special program that offers a sneak peak at the 2014 Shaw Festival Season.  Chase and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discuss the program.  Chase also gives us a rundown of some of the local theater shows now on stage.


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Art/Theater
10:07 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Theater Talk: 'The Lady With All The Answers'

This week on Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss what's opening and what's already on stage. O'Connell and Company's The Lady With All The Answers" continues. Actress Mary Kate O'Connell portrays Ann Landers.

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Art/Theater
6:06 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Theater Talk: Plays with a mystery theme

Theatre of Youth's Nancy Drew.
Credit Photo from Theatre of Youth Website

Mystery is the theme of the latest round of new shows opening at area theaters. 

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Theater Talk: Very Fine Use of a Grenade

Very Fine Use of a Grenade at Road Less Traveled Productions.
Credit Photo from Road Less Traveled Productions Website

Opening Friday night, January 24, 2014  Road Less Traveled Productions presents -- Very Fine Use of a Grenade.  Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and WBFO's Eileen Buckley discuss the production. Chase provides insight and back stories on the original version.  

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