Arts/Culture

Some exciting productions will be featured at Shea's Performing Arts Center next season.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss the just unveiled 2005-2006 season at Shea's, including My Fair Lady, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dame Edna, and Hairspray. They also discuss The Business of Murder at the Kavinoky, and The Cobbler at the Irish Classical Theatre.

Now, WHO would want to make fun of Jim and Tony?!?

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo United Artists presentation of Deleted Scenes reportedly includes a parody of Theatre Talk. Jim and Tony also talk about The Spitfire Grill at Musicalfaire, and Tony highly recommends Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which he saw in New York. Tony also tells about the Buffalo connection in the New York presentation of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.

The Spitfire Grill is on stage at Musicalfare, 4380 Main St., 839-8540, through April 20th.

Buffalo, NY – The Spitfire Grill is on stage at Musicalfare, 4380 Main St., 839-8540, through April 20th.

Plot: Based on the movie of the same name, The Spitfire Grill is a musical exploration of the loss of small town American values that have been in decline since the decade of the great depression.

WBFO Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews the Studio Arena Theatre production of Tuesdays with Morrie.

Buffalo, NY – WBFO Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews the Studio Arena Theatre production of Tuesdays with Morrie. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, Gavin Cameron-Webb directs. Tuesdays continues through March 6th.

Theatre Critic Jim Santella reviews some of the area's major theatre offerings.

Buffalo, NY – Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffery Hatcher and Mitch Albom is directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb. It runs at the Studio Arena, 710 Main St., 856-5650, through March 6th.

Plot: Mitch Albom (David Rzeszutek) is a success driven sports journalist who is challenged by his college sociology professor Morrie Schwartz (Imanuel Fried) to slow down and take some time to smell the roses.

Jim and Tony remember a giant, and discuss the wealth of theater talent in the region.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony remember playwright Arthur Miller, who died this week. Also, they celebrate local talent in the Studio Arena production of Tuesdays with Morrie and Private Viewing at the New Phoenix Theatre. Also, Tony reviews On The Mountain, on stage in New York City.

Which one is the Topdog, and which one is the Underdog?

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony say Topdog/Underdog is a great production to introduce yourself to the Ujima Theatre Company. Jim also reviews Making Gay History, there's a discussion of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by the Irish Classical Theatre, and Tony tells of Harold and Maude...The Musical on stage in New Jersey.

The new Alleyway show is a lot of fun!

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony find comparisons between the Alleyway's presentation of The Big Happy and Acme Products and the Road Runner. Also, reviews of Private Viewing, the three Pinter plays at the Polish theater, and Making Gay History.

Jim visits Buffalo's oldest theater space, while Tony galavants in New York City.

Buffalo, NY – Jim is impressed with one of Buffalo's newest theater companies, performing in what they say is Buffalo's oldest theater space, on Fillmore Avenue. Also, Tony likes just about everything (except Amy) in Little Women and Gem of the Ocean in New York. Also, conversation about the public television presentation of Candide, and some new openings on local stages.

Jim and Tony discuss three area presentations, and preview some others.

Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews the MusicalFare presentation of "The Girl in the Frame," now on stage at the Daemen Theatre in Snyder.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews the MusicalFare presentation of "The Girl in the Frame," now on stage at the Daemen Theatre in Snyder.

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Jim Santella reviews The Girl in the Frame at Musicalfare, Crowns at Studio Arena and Lobby Hero at the Kavinoky.

Buffalo, NY – The Girl in the Frame with book, words and music by Jeremy Desmon, now on stage at MusicalFare, 4380 Main St., Snyder, through February 6th. Telephone: 839-8540

So far, it's a great year for Buffalo theater!

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony note the high quality of local stage presentations so far in the new year. They include the rarely-performed Stephen Sondheim music Assassins, plus the Studio Arena's show Crowns. They also talk about Girl in the Frame by local playwright Jeremy Desmond, plus Lobby Hero at the Kavinoky.

Jim and Tony return from their two week holiday break.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Talk starts 2005, after a two-week holiday hiatus, with a look at several new production on area stages, including the Shea's presentation of The Producers.

Jim and Tony offer raves for two area plays.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony think highly of two local productions, The Last Five Years on the TheaterLoft stage, and the Jewish Repertory Theatre's presentation of The Price. Also, a recap of holiday shows, and some closings and extensions.

Jim Santella Claus offers his favorite varieties of coal to Anthony Chase.

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella Claus shares some Christmas cookies with Anthony Chase (but he didn't bring any for any other WBFO staffers!), and Tony talks about the Sondheim revival Pacific Overtures now playing in New York. Also, a discussion about Country Girl at the New Phoenix Theatre, and a plethora of Christmas productions.

Jim tries to recover his voice, while Tony travels again.

Buffalo, NY – Jim's voice is a bit strained thanks to a bout with the flu, but he and Tony manage to talk about the Studio Arena's production of A Thousand Clowns. Jim also enjoyed the recent performance of the Rockettes at Shea's, while Tony talks about his busy week attending plays. They also talk about what's new on local stages, including holiday productions.

Jim and Tony pay tribute to composer Cy Coleman, who died this week.

Buffalo, NY – Noted Broadway composer Cy Coleman died this week. Jim and Tony present a brief retrospective of his work. Also, what's closing and opening on area stages.

Jim and Tony share some laughs offered up on local stages.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony discuss some local comedy productions, including I Hate Hamlet and Southern Baptist Sissies. Also, a second look at Sophie... Last of the Red Hot Mamas and Jesus Hopped the A-Train.

WBFO's Kelli Bocock-Natale shines in her performance as Sophie Tucker.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony offer rave reviews of Kelli Bocock-Natale's performance in the one-woman show Sophie: Last of the Red Hot Mamas at MusicalFaire. Tony talks about the New York City production of Dracula, including its connection with the University at Buffalo. And, Jim discusses the gritty New Phoenix Theatre presentation of Jesus Hopped the A Train.

Theatre Critic Jim Santella reviews Sophie: Last of the Red Hot Mamas, You Never Can Tell and Transference now on stage at area theaters.

Buffalo, NY – Sophie: Last of the Red Hot Mamas by Jack Fournier & Kathy Halenda is presented by MusicalFare, 4380 Main Street, 839-8540, through December 5th.

Jim and Tony bring news of pending changes at the Studio Arena theater, plus they discuss shows at the ICT and the Alleyway.

Twenty-five years ago, David Greenberger began talking with residents of a nursing home in Boston. He collected their stories in a magazine. Over the years, he went on to collect hundreds more stories from elderly folk around the country. He put their stories in books, documentaries and finally narrated them to music on CD. Greenberger performs some of the latest recordings called, "Legibly Speaking," Thursday night at Hallwalls.

Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Murder in Green Meadows at the Studio Arena Theatre.

Buffalo, NY – Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Murder in Green Meadows at the Studio Arena Theatre. It continues through November 14th.

Written by Douglas Post and directed by Gavin Cameron Webb, Murder in Green Meadows is the Studio Arena's 300th production.

Jim and Tony reviews the latest Studio Arena production, and other local offerings.

Buffalo, NY – Jim and Tony seem to like almost everything about Murder in Green Meadows, the 300th presentation in Studio Arena history... except the script! Also, they discuss an experimental production called Muriel Vanderbilt Goes Walking, the Shaw Festival staple You Never Can Tell at the Irish Classical Theatre, and they recap other local productions.

Portraying black urban street life has become a commercial standard of broadway, film and music. But it was a revolutionary idea in the early 1970's when Melvin Van Peebles wrote the Tony award winning play, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death. The Ujima Theatre is presenting a revival of the urban, cultural phenomenon.

WBFO Theater Critic Jim Santella previews The Producers at the Shea's Performing Arts Center, Murder in Green Meadows at the Studio Arena Theatre and You Never Can Tell at the Irish Classical Theatre.

In response to the PBS series, Jim prepares his own tribute to Broadway.

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella debuts his 32 second long history of Broadway and the Broadway musical, in response to the PBS special, but Anthony Chase calls it "stinko" (Jim's piece, not the TV special). Also, Tony reviews On Golden Pond at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and there's a quick rundown of current local stage productions.

Jim Santella reviews Broadway: The American Musical, a six part history of musical theatre that is narrated by Julie Andrews, airing on WNED-TV. Jim also previews TRANSFERENCE, coming soon to the Alleyway Theatre.

Buffalo, NY – Broadway: The American Musical

What: Six Part History of Musical Theatre(Narrated by Julie Andrews)

Rating: Five Stars (Five Star System)

Where: Airs on WNED

When: October 20-22 at 8 pm.

WBFO Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, written by Melvin Van Peeples and directed by Lorna Hill for the Ujima Theatre.

Buffalo, NY – WBFO Theatre Critic Grant Golden reviews Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, written by Melvin Van Peeples and directed by Lorna Hill for the Ujima Theatre.

It runs through November 7th at the Theatre Loft on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.

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