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."

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.

Theater Talk: Mr. Chase goes to Washington

Mar 14, 2014

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. 

The Gerswhins' Porgy and Bess continues on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center Friday evening. A Western New Yorker is debuting in the first national tour of the show. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to meet with that cast member.

Theater Talk: Mae West, Porgy and Bess and Good People

Mar 7, 2014

Gabe DiMaio joins critic Anthony Chase as the new co-host of WBFO's Theater Talk.  This week, Tony talks about his presentation this afternoon at Buffalo State where he'll explore the career of film icon Mae West.  Then, they'll touch on Porgy and Bess at Shea's and "Good People" at the Kavinoky Theater.

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.

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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This week on Theater Talk, co-host Anthony Chase takes us to a Nancy Drew mystery at the Theatre Of Youth. He also tells us about the mystery surrounding The Mountaintop, a docudrama by Subversive Theater. And Chase also has a scoop about Broadway star and Buffalo's own Michele Ragusa.

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

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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.  

A most unusual Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert will be staged this Saturday, for one show only, at Kleinhans Music Hall. The BPO is teaming up with Cirque Musica. Among the cast performing are two members of the famed Wallenda family. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Lyric Wallenda, the cousin of daredevil Nik Wallenda, about the circus artisans performing with live BPO music below.

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The audience is having a 'Wicked' time at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.  The musical Wicked is on stage now until January 26. WBFO's Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley chat about the elaborate production. Chase also takes us to the Kavinoky Theater in Buffalo for Proof  in this week's edition of Theater Talk.

The head of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission is in Park City, Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival. Producers from around the world have gathered for the 11-day event, which opens Thursday.

Buffalo's theater season is at the halfway mark now that we're into the New Year. This week, Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley rundown the highlights so far, with much more to come.

As WBFO's Theater Talk begins another New Year, host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley tell us about new shows opening in Buffalo next week.  That includes Wicked at Shea's and Proof at The Kavinoky Theatre

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Looking for a stocking stuffer? WBFO's Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley talk about a possible theater ticket that is a must-buy.  Chase also explains how Chicago's theater scene runs parallels to Buffalo's theater district.

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A brand new theater group has been formed now that Buffalo Public Theatre is working in association with Ujima Theatre.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to one of the co-creators of the group, Loraine O'Donnell, about an ambitious production of The Wizard of Oz, now on stage at Theatre Loft on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

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This week on Theater Talk, host Anthony Chase and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley offer a conversation about several holiday performances now on stage, including a review of the Buffalo Public Theatre's The Wizard of Oz.

Chase also weighs in with a quick critique of NBC's live performance of The Sound of Music. 

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra hits the stage Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. with a special breakfast Holiday Pops performance featuring Buffalo's own Michele Ragusa.  The singer and Off-Broadway star visited our studio's to discuss the holiday show and her latest stage performances with WBFO'S Eileen Buckley.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is skeptical of a proposal that the city step in with funding to keep the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center open. 

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Two new theater companies are opening in Buffalo. This week on Theater Talk, Anthony Chase discusses the companies and show openings.

Mannheim Steamroller has managed to span the generations with its music for close to 40 years.  Sunday night, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas will perform at Shea's Performing Arts Center. The show is part of Mannheim's holiday tours across the U.S.

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A local dance theater and school of ballet is preparing for a special holiday performance. Configuration School of Ballet will present Tales of Winter Sunday afternoon at the Flickinger Theater at Nichols School in Buffalo. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the ballet will feature excerpts from The Grinch, Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suites and other works.

Theater Talk's Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley have more on the Road Less Traveled production of Clybourne Park and Tom Dudzick's Miracle on South Division Street at the Kavinoky Theater.

The powerful Tony-award winning War Horse is on stage now through Sunday at Shea's Performing Arts Center.  WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase and Eileen Buckley discuss the elaborate puppetry and story-line of War Horse

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A Buffalo audience can expect to be wowed by puppeteers, who control a horse, on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center.  Tony-award winning War Horse opens at Shea's Tuesday evening.

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The Shaw Festival is celebrating a great season. It sold 271,000 tickets for the Niagara-on-the-Lake cultural attraction, the highest sales in its history.

Friday brings us our weekly round-up of area theater.  This week, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Theater Talk host Anthony Chase discuss brand new productions that are opening and will be opening: Clybourne Park, Promises Promises and War Horse.

The Little Foxes is now on stage at the Irish Classical Theater. Theater Talk host Anthony Chase offers a unique back story to the past performances of this play as it is adapted to the stage in Buffalo. Chase, Theater critic for Artvoice, joins WBFO's Eileen Buckley for a weekly round-up of area theater.