Art/Theater

Two very intense 90 minute no-intermission dramas are gripping audiences this week, one at the Alleyway and one at Jewish Rep.

What is a "PLONY?" It's a Playwright Living Outside New York (City) and for a number of talented writers it's very difficult to establish a reputation outside of The Big Apple.

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He is best recognized as George Costanza, the quirky, bald sad sack from the hit television sitcom Seinfeld. But long before staring on TV, Jason Alexander was acting, dancing and singing on Broadway. The Tony-Award winning star will be in Buffalo Saturday night to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with Alexander about his show and his ties to Western New York.


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As Halloween approaches, Theatre of Youth presents THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW where all the kids in the audience want to know "is there anybody in the coffin?"

Buffalo International Film Festival returns this weekend

Oct 15, 2015

A mix of locally- and internationally-produced films are on the schedule as the ninth annual Buffalo International Film Festival gets underway, beginning with cocktails and a memorial honoring its late founder Thursday evening.

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As Buffalo continues its growth spurt, or renaissance, and property values rise, some smaller theaters are feeling squeezed. Four of them have had to find new venues, including A.R.T., B.U.A., Road Less Travelled, and Rust Belt Books, which is now at 415 Grant Street.

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Broadway is Broadway, sure, but if "the play's the thing," well you can have a pretty good time here in Buffalo. Anthony and Peter both thoroughly enjoyed IN THE HEIGHTS at Musicalfare and NEWSIES at Shea's. But those are only two.

Broadway and television star Cheyenne Jackson will appear Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for its Pops Series at Kleinhans Music Hall.  Jackson will performing 'Music of the Mad Men Era'.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Jackson ahead of his  Buffalo visit where reveals his love for music of the late 50's and 60's. 

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Don't Americans love a story of the little guy talking truth to power? How about lots of little guys - knee high kids hawking newspapers on the street - striking in 1899 to bring two publishing giants - Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst - to their knees.  The Disney Broadway musical opens Tuesday at Shea's.

All across Western New York our theaters begin their 2015-2016 season with a flourish at the annual Curtain Up!

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Buffalo's Curtain Up! remains one of the premier theater events in the country.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Friday night will mark the 34th annual celebration of Buffalo's professional theater season.

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Well-known playwright and Buffalo native Tom Dudzick is bringing his sequel to Over the Tavern to The Kavinoky Theatre  King O' The Moon: Over the Tavern Part 2 opens tonight.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Dudzick and local actress Loraine O'Donnell about why audiences are attracted to the story based on a Buffalo family living 'Over the Tavern'.

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This week Peter and Anthony look at some of the first offerings of the 2015/2016 season, including IN THE HEIGHTS at MusicalFare Theatre,  GRANNY BIRD at the Alleyway Theatre, and SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE (OR THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE) at the Manny Fried Playhouse.

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When Road Less Traveled Productions closed its season in May, the theater company also said good-bye to its longtime home located inside the Market Arcade Cinema. After a quick turnaround, they're ready to open another season at a near-century-old structure in Buffalo's Theater District.


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The Shaw Festival presents a thinking person's play with possibly too much to think about at once, and many in Buffalo are thinking about Curtain Up, the annual celebration of the start of the theater season.

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Tim Carroll's candidacy for the Shaw Festival's Artistic Directorship was kept under wraps, but his tenure which begins in about 16 months (he'll be shadowing Jackie Maxwell for the 2016 season) holds great promise to return the Shaw to its former glory.  Meanwhile, at the other great Canadian festival, Stratford, the Greek tragedy by Sophocles, OEDIPUS REX,  builds relentlessly to its conclusion, leaving sold-out audiences breathless.

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's home on Symphony Circle is getting a comprehensive makeover. Managers at Kleinhans Music Hall will soon unveil major renovations, all part of a 75th anniversary celebration.

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There are several closings in Buffalo as the summer wanes, but The Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake continues well into the fall.


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There is a new attraction on the Elmwood Strip. Judith Shea's massive bronze sculpture "Eden" was unveiled on Wednesday.


Film that stars Buffalo itself wraps up local shooting

Aug 18, 2015
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A film about a New York City man who moves to Buffalo to raise children for whom he has suddenly become responsible completed its local shooting Monday in the city. It's the latest production to work in the Queen City during what has become a busy year for the local film industry.

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The Shaw Festival has named British director Tim Carroll as its next artistic director. Carroll discussed his plans for the Niagara-on-the-Lake institution in a conversation with WBFO's Mike Desmond.


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With Curtain Up! only five weeks away we still have several openings, some closings, and one play held over by popular demand.

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After being left to crumble for several years, the grain elevators now known as Silo City are fast becoming the center of a wide variety of events.

When you look at what you think is a corner Buffalo News vending machine, look twice over the next few weeks. Some of those boxes have been converted to community seed stations for the latest public art project from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.


This week Peter and Anthony talk about the great number of theater locales with August events, from Jamestown and Chautauqua in the south, to Artpark, Musicalfare, and The Shaw Festival in the north, to the BUA, Subversive Theatre, and Shakespeare in Delaware Park right here in Buffalo.

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The City of Buffalo will be front and center in a new film being shot here. 

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In a repertory company like the Stratford Festival, a performer can be in two disparate shows. This year, Stratford veteran Lucy Peacock appears in two very different shows, The Diary of Anne Frank and She Stoops To Conquer. Peacock recently spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond about the roles.


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New York State has added to its tourism strategy. On Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.

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A Prairie Home Companion is on stage at the Chautauqua Institution tonight. Garrison Keillor is on the road with his American the Beautiful Tour.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Keillor after he announced last week that he will be retiring.

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Crossdressing newbies Jordan Louis Fisher as Viola and Tim Newell as Olivia in Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT and BUA experienced drag actors Christopher Standart and Jimmy Janowski (who, by the way, has great legs) as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in BETTE AND JOAN: THE FINAL CURTAIN spice up new productions and keep summer audiences engaged.

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