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5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Theater Talk: Halfway through the local theater season

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.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Theater Talk: New shows coming to Buffalo in 2014

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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Art/Theater
9:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Theater Talk: Happy Holidays!

WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase joins Eileen Buckley in a photo booth at the WBFO/WNED Holiday Egg nog party. Happy Holidays from Theater Talk.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

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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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New theater group stages elaborate rendition of The Wizard of Oz

Buffalo Public Theatre's The Wizard of Oz on stage.
Credit Photo provided by Buffalo Public Theatre

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.


Art/Theater
10:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Theater Talk: Holiday round up!

Buffalo Public Theatre's The Wizard of Oz
Credit Photo fro Buffalo Public Theatre

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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Art/Theater
9:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Broadway’s Ragusa on stage for BPO’s Holiday Pops

Michele Ragusa performing holiday music.
Credit Photo from Michele Ragusa Facebook page

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.

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Market Arcade Film and Arts Center
9:03 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Brown not in favor of city funding for Market Arcade cinema

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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Art/Theater
8:30 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Theater Talk: Two new theater groups premiere

Cast of La Gringa with the RAÍCES Theatre Company.
Credit Photo from RAÍCES Theatre Company

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

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Art/Theater
9:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Mannheim Steamroller spanning the generations

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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Art/Theater
9:38 am
Wed December 4, 2013

‘Tales of Winter’ ballet for the holiday

Dancers at Configuration take ballet lesson.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

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.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Theater Talk: More on 'Clybourne Park' and 'Miracle on South Division Street'

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.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Theater Talk: "War Horse" and "A Miracle on South Division Street"

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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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Amazing War Horse arrives at Shea’s Performing Arts Center

War Horse arrives at Shea's
WBFO News photos by Misty Harris

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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Art/Theater
6:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Shaw Fest celebrates successful season

Inside Shaw
Credit Photo from Shaw Festival Website

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.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Theater Talk: Clybourne Park, Promises Promises, War Horse & more...

WBFO'S Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase.

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.

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Art/Theater
10:15 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Theater Talk: Little Foxes

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.

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Art/Theater
8:57 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Theater Talk: Ghost at Shea’s & community theater round-up!

"Ghost" continues live on stage at Shea's in Buffalo, but not under the best reviews. WBFO's Theater Talk host Anthony Chase explains why. Chase also reviews a number of community theater plays underway and traces it's "ancient" roots of community theater.

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Art/Theater
6:12 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Doc Severinsen returns to Kleinhans Music Hall

Doc Severinsen performs in 2007.
Credit photo from docseverinsen.com

Doc Severinsen is back in Buffalo.  The former bandleader of The Tonight Show is performing with his big band at Kleinhans Music Hall.

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Art/Theater
10:24 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Japanese teen to dance lead role in Baba Yaga at Shea’s

Yuha Tomita, playing the lead role of Misha in Baba Yaga rehearses at Neglia's studio.
Credit Photo by M & M Photography on the Neglia Facebook Page

A teenager from Japan is playing the lead role in this Saturday's performance of Neglia Ballet's Baba Yaga at Shea's.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to the 15-year-old ballerina about her role in this Halloween ballet.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Theater Talk: What's new on stage?

A Pulitzer Prize winning play hits a local stage Friday night.  This week, Theater Talk host Anthony Chase offers an in-depth review of the opening of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds at the New Phoenix Theatre.

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Art/Theater
6:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Theater Talk: Who is Tawny Heatherton?

Chita Rivera reaches out to Anthony Chase and fans during her NYC performance.

If you haven't had a chance to check out the many of  shows that opened in Buffalo last month, time is running out. This week on Theater Talk, Anthony Chase runs down the shows that will be closing soon.  Chase joins WBFO's Eileen Buckley to talk about the local theater scene and his recent trip to New York City to attend the birthday bash for Chita Rivera

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Art/Theater
10:20 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Albright-Knox receives largest gift in its history

Peggy Pierce Elfvin

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has announced one of the largest gifts in institution history. Officials say the late Peggy Pierce Elfvin has left a gift of nearly $11 million to the gallery where she served as a board member for 30 years.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Theater Talk: Subversive Theatre starts 11th season with an atomic bang

THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER on stage at Subversive Theatre in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Subversive Theatre's Website

A local play is being considered "atomic." You can learn why on this week's edition of Theater Talk. WBFO co-host Anthony Chase is joined by Eileen Buckley.  They kick off their conversation with what's on stage at Buffalo's Subversive Theatre and then Chase tells about meeting some Hollywood stars.

Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Theater Talk: Variety of stage productions for many tastes

Buffalo's fall theater season is in full-swing -- new shows from comedy to serious themes are on the stage.  WBFO'S Theater Talk host Anthony Chase is joined this week with Eileen Buckley to discuss the variety of stage productions.


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Art/Theater
4:24 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Arts pass aims to extend the reach of area culturals

Tod Kniazuk unveiled details of the Arts Access pass Friday in Buffalo.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new program meant to make arts and cultural events in the Buffalo area more accessible is up and running. People who find the cost of such events prohibitive can now gain admission for free.

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Art/Theater
5:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Glorious Shea’s ready for Curtain Up crowds

Inside Shea's as another round of restoration was completed
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Curtain Up is celebrated Friday night in downtown Buffalo, theatergoers should notice a sparkle inside Shea's Performing Arts Center. Over the summer, Shea's continued with its five-year restoration project that is bringing it back to its original shine when it opened in 1926.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Theater Talk: 2013 Curtain Up!

Some of the programs from this seasons shows in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The lights will be shining bright on Buffalo's Theater District Friday evening. The annual Curtain Up! event  will kick off the city's fall theater season.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

A.R. Gurney to serve as Honorary Chair of Curtain Up!

A.R. Gurney
Credit Photo from Curtain Up!

Renowned playwright A.R. Gurney returns to his hometown Friday night. The Buffalo native will serve as honorary chairperson of Curtain Up!  WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with Gurney from his home in Connecticut about how Buffalo inspired his work and the success of local theater.


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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Theater Talk: Curtain Up! one week away

Buffalo's fall theater season is about to kick into high gear.  We're a week away from Curtain Up!, the annual theater celebration in downtown Buffalo. 

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Theater Talk: A preview of upcoming shows

We're still two weeks away from Curtain Up!  This week on Theater Talk, critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Mark Scott to talk about some of the shows premiering September 20th that are now in rehearsal.

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