Anthony Chase

The Hill family

The founder of Buffalo's Ujima Theater Company, Lorna C. Hill, died on Tuesday. WBFO's Anthony Chase enjoyed a long relationship with Hill and the two sat down for an interview on June 2nd. It turned out to be the last interview for Lorna C. Hill. A portion of that conversation aired Thursday morning as a special edition of WBFO's Theater Talk and is posted here.

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Jeanne Hebborn Cairns has amassed over 40 years of experience as an actor, director and producer in Buffalo’s theater community. She was honored for her career Friday night with a star in the Theatre District’s Plaza of Stars.

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The annual Artie Awards, which honors the best of Buffalo theater, isn't just an excuse to get dressed up for a fun night on the town. It also serves a greater purpose and this year, that purpose was to raise funds for ECMC's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Clinic.

2019 Artie Awards winners

Jun 3, 2019
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Winners were announced at the 2019 Artie Awards on Monday night. Check out the full list, photos and tweets from the night below.

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So you can't get enough Artie Awards 2018 coverage? Neither can we. Check out all the glitz and glamour, the gowns and shoe cam, Anthony Chase's epaulets and more in this slide show of photos from the 28th annual event on June 3, presented by WNED|WBFO.

The 2018 Artie Award Winners

Jun 4, 2018
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Winners were announced at the 2018 Artie Awards on Monday night. Check out the full list, photos and tweets from the night below. And here are more photos from the red carpet and festivities.

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Buffalo's theater community turned out Monday night to honor the 25th anniversary of "Theater Talk" on WBFO and the show's co-host from the beginning, Anthony Chase.

Remembering Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney

Jun 15, 2017

Buffalo-born playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney died Tuesday in his New York City home. He was 86. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Gurney always remained fond of Buffalo. 


There's a lot to celebrate this week on Theater Talk. First off, WNED/WBFO will be the new presenter of the Annual Artie Awards which since 1991 have recognized excellence in Buffalo theater.


For more than a quarter century, Buffalo has honored the standouts of its theater community with the annual Artie Awards, and this year’s new presenter of the “Arties” is WNED|WBFO.

MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS packs a lot of drama into 90 minutes at the Shaw Festival's Courthouse Theatre in a play, set in the 1950s, that looks at many issues, including apartheid.  Classically trained but a "behind the scenes" Hollywood star, Marni Nixon, who sang for stars who couldn't, passed away this week. And the Buffalo Infringement Festival 2016 has too many offerings to list, so you'd be wise to visit the website.

25th Annual Arties moves to 710-Main

Jun 1, 2015
Photo from The Arities Website.

Buffalo's theater community will be celebrating its best productions and performers Monday night. The 25th Annual Arties will be held at 710-Main Theater downtown. 

College filmmaker to premiere 'All in the Sauce'

Apr 2, 2014
Photo from movie trailer of All in the Sauce.

An aspiring young filmmaker is about to premiere a locally produced short film this week titled All in the Sauce. As part of Buffalo State College's 'Year of the Teacher', WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us about the student's work outside the classroom and what he has learned in his undergraduate studies.

Theater Talk: Chase checks shows in NYC

Feb 28, 2014

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.

Theater Talk: Plays with a mystery theme

Jan 31, 2014
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Mystery is the theme of the latest round of new shows opening at area theaters. 

Theater Talk: Very Fine Use of a Grenade

Jan 24, 2014
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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.  

Theater Talk: A 'Wicked' time at Shea's

Jan 17, 2014
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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

Theater Talk: Holiday round up!

Dec 13, 2013
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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. 

Theater Talk: What's new on stage?

Oct 18, 2013

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.

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.

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss the film Les Miserables and local stage productions, including Angels in America, in this week's Theatre Talk.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley


WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk co-host Anthony Chase has received a unique honor.  He has been named "Best Media Personality" by Buffalo Spree.  For nearly 25-years Chase has hosted Theatre Talk with our Blues host Jim Santella. 

Chase is assistant dean of Humanities at Buffalo State College.  He is also theatre editor at Artvoice and creator and producer of the Artie Awards.  You can read about Chase in this month's Buffalo Spree.

They talk about his famous weekly Theatre Talk sign off that you hear each Friday, "...and I'm Anthony Chase!" 

Theatre Talk: Frozen

May 18, 2012

Theatre Talk this week previews the local production of Frozen and Ramona and Juliet.