Arts/Culture

The WBFO Arts & Culture News Desk is co-funded by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

Watch out for the fruitcake!

Buffalo, NY – Naughty or nice? Will you get some of Jim's stale fruitcake, or fresh fruitcake? And what's the difference? Jim and Tony offer and exchange holiday greetings, discuss Buffalo talent on various theater road shows, and review Buffalo openings (the annual presentation of A Christmas Carol at the Alleyway), and Christmas week closings.

Some different interpretations of A Christmas Carol.

'Tis the Season for Holiday Plays

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review some local holiday plays, including Plaid Tidings, Starlight Express, and Guys on Ice. Also, they discuss a Broadway revival of Wonderful Town and the off-Broadway show Caroline, or Change.

Jim and Tony are away for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, so we have two special guests this week.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony took the holiday weekend off, so Weekend Edition theater critic Grant Golden and WBFO News Director Mark Scott take their place to review The Lion in Winter at the Kavinoky Theatre.

A sweet, loving, murderous royal couple takes the stage at the Kavinoky.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony enjoyed the historical comedy The Lion in Winter, especially the sharp dialogue. Also, the story of coming of age in Buffalo in 1945, in A. R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer, plus discussions of Guys on Ice, Plaid Tidings, and a new Tom Fontana offering being presented at Buffalo State College.

Some new plays open, some with new performance companies.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the opening of The Lion in Winter at the Kavinoky Theatre, and the BUA's production of Buffalonian A. R. Gurney's What I Did Last Summer. In Snyder, you can see Guys On Ice, which is not about ice skating or hockey. Jim and Tony also talk about the richness of Buffalo theater, especially with four new production companies in town.

The hills are alive, with the sound of a great review.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony really enjoyed this week's traveling performance of The Sound of Music at Shea's, so much so that Jim almost gets in trouble with his wife. Also, conversation about Alleyway's Lines in the Sand, Musicalfaire's presentation of Guys on Ice, Twelfth Night at Nichols School, and more.

A Kander and Ebb tribute becomes a Liza Minnelli showcase.

Buffalo, NY – Tony talks about his trip to Los Angeles, where he says Liza Minnelli stole the show in a tribute to composers Kander and Ebb. Closer to home, the guys discuss Proof at the Studio Arena, Lines in the Sand at the Alleyway. Also, a mention of the upcoming week-long Sound of Music performance at Shea's, and the MusicalFaire presentation of Guys On Ice.

Jim and Tony say thanks for your fundraiser support.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony say thanks for your support during the recent WBFO Fundraiser. Also, they discuss the Buffalo United Artists presentation of Looking for Normal, and Copenhagen at the Irish Classical Theatre. Also, did Tony say he saw Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Ouch on Broadway?

What do Jim and Tony think of the local theater scene?

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony tell us how they would recommend local theater productions. Among the plays discussed: The Foreigner at the Kavinoky, Bitten By a Fly at the Alleyway, and the Buffalo United Artists production of Looking For Normal. Also, the guys rave about the number of live musicals that play in Buffalo.

Jim is running out of time to see Thoroughly Modern Millie, which closes this weekend.

Jim and Tony provide rave reviews for last week's WBFO Listener Expedition to Curtain Up!

Jim and Tony get ready to dress up for dinner and theater, with some WBFO listeners.

There's a new theater coming to the old bus station.

Jim and Tony discuss the New York theater scene.

Buffalo, NY – What? Is there really going to be a Theatre Talk Theme? Jim pulls a fast one, before he and Tony discuss the new theater season on the Great White Way in Manhattan.

Jim and Tony continue their Curtain Up! Preview, and discuss the stars (and planets).

From the planet Mars to the stars, to a discussion on the First Family of Theater. Also, more Curtain Up! previews, and Jim and Tony disclose the winners of their WBFO Listener Expedition.

Jim and Tony remember Gregory Hines.

Jim and Tony remember dancer Gregory Hines, who died last week. Also, an early preview of the fall theater season in Western New York.

Enjoying a Night at the Opera (no, not the Marx Brothers movie)

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony talk about opera, as Jim recaps his trip to Glimmerglass in Cooperstown.

Artpark presents a stage salute to the big band era.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony play some swingin' selections in honor of Artpark's presentation of Swing!

Much Ado about Shakespeare in the Park.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony review the newest Shakespeare in Delaware Park production, Much Ado About Nothing. Also, Tony likes The Taffetas at the MusicalFare theater (which, by the way, stars and is choreographed by WBFO staffer Kelli Bocock-Natale). And, the guys discuss some new people and productions on the local theater scene.

A Comparison of Two Popular Broadway Musicals.

Jim and Tony compare and contrast Nine with Chita Rivera and Hairspray with Bernadette Peters.

A tribute to the late Katharine Hepburn, and a comparison of east vs. west.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony remember Katharine Hepburn, who died last week. Also, Tony talks about his recent trip out west, comparing the Los Angeles and New York productions of The Producers. Plus, a review of Manifest Destiny at the New Phoenix Theatre, and its inclusion of Buffalo in some scenes.

It's easy to get to theater events in Western New York, and into Southern Ontario.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony celebrate summer theater in Buffalo, and how close it is to see Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the Shaw Festival, and other productions.

Also, what's the story about the WBFO Listener Expedition with Jim and Tony?

Jim and Tony remember Hume Cronyn and Gregory Peck, and discuss their upcoming WBFO Listener Expedition. Tony talks about his trip to London, and Jim reviews Three Sisters at the Shaw Festival.

A look ahead to warm weather theater in the Buffalo area.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony take a look at what's onstage...and outdoors...this summer in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

Jim and Tony preview the Tonys.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony preview this weekend's Tony award presentations, and, no, they are not named for Tony Chase.

Jim takes in some theater at Niagara-on-the-Lake, while Tony heads for Florida.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony do some traveling...Jim visits the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, while Tony discusses a (way-)off-Broadway presentation (in Miami!) of Little Shop of Horrors. While they head out on the road, back home in Buffalo, the Irish Classical Theatre offers One For the Road.

A musical selection from a new musical at the Alleyway Theatre, plus an Arties review.

Buffalo, NY – A review and sample from the new Eric Enders musical, A Week in the Life at the Alleyway Theatre, plus a recap of the Arties awards, and a Shaw Festival preview at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Jim and Tony preview the 2003 Artie awards.

Buffalo, NY – It's time to honor the best of Buffalo theater from the past year, with Artvoice's "Artie" awards. Jim and Tony, who both votes for the awards, offer a preview.

Jim and Tony have a lot of theater to talk about this week.

Buffalo, NY – In addition to a detailed list of activity on Buffalo stages, Jim and Tony have a brief preview of the 2003 Arties.

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