Theater Talk

Having just seen A.R. Gurney's "Family Furniture" at the Kavinoky Theatre, Anthony Chase noticed strong parallels with Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" back on Broadway, especially upper class families who can talk a lot, but not about their problems.

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.

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.

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.

Theater critic Anthony Chase reviews the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Henry V."

Theater Critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Gabe DiMaio preview the Shakespeare in the Park production of Henry V.

Theater Talk: Tovah Feldshuh stars in "Golda's Balcony"

May 2, 2014

Theater critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Gabe DiMaio discuss actress Tovah Feldshuh's upcoming performance of "Golda's Balcony" at the 710 Main Street Theater, May 8th through the 11th.

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio and reviews "Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire."

Theater Talk: 'The Trojan Women' and more

Apr 4, 2014

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.

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.

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.


Photo from Jewish Repertory Theatre

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.


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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.  

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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.

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

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

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

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.

"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.

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.

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

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.

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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