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Curtain Up! is tonight, and regardless of which theater venue you attend, you're invited downtown for the big "after the shows" street party where you can see Lynn Kurdziel Formato's star, the latest in the "Plaza of the Stars" on Main Street at Tupper. Here's good news for readers! Anthony Chase is back writing reviews for GUSTO at The Buffalo News. And we are sad to note that three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie known on Broadway for RAGTIME, PASSION, and KISS ME KATE died Thursday of ovarian cancer at 57.


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In Shakespeare's OTHELLO Desdemona is the frail victim of false accusation, but Pulitzer Prize winning Paula Vogel puts her in charge, sleeping with the Othello's entire encampment, in DESDEMONA: A Play About a Handkerchief which Brazen Faced Varlets opened at Rust Belt Books.

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The ARTIE AWARDS, produced by WNED|WBFO were a huge success in terms of fun, for honoring excellence in theater, and to raise money (over $14,000 and counting) for the ECMC Immunodeficiently Clinic. Some recent Shaw outings have been less than hoped for, but that's not the case for Shaw's SAINT JOAN which is powerful theater and for a tragedy, surprisingly funny. It's at the large Festival Theatre in Niagara on the Lake and makes full use of the stage to astound the audience. Opening tonight: FREE FRED BROWN! with Ujima Company at Paul Robeson Theatre on Masten Avenue.

Up at the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, the delish serving of revenge in meat pies that is Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET was fulfilling to a bit-too-ecstatic opening night crowd. Meanwhile, Chicago's Goodman Theatre is trying out WAR PAINT, a new musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. The back and forth sparring will get tightened up, says Anthony, and in the meantime the music is Broadway worthy.

This week we have three openings to celebrate! Tonight, it's THE PROFANE, a play by Zayd Dohrn, presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Vivienne Benesch.

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The 26th Annual Artie Awards nominations have been published, recognizing the Artie Committee's top five choices for a variety of categories, from Best Actor and Best Actress to Best Production to Best Lighting, 19 categories in all.  And everyone is invited to the Artie Awards Show, Monday June 6, 2016  at 710 Main Theatre -  red carpet at 7:30, the show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.  And, while "win-win" is an overused phrase, this time it's apt: The Shaw Festival and 710 Main Theatre (operated by Shea's Performing Arts Center) have a five year deal to bring the Shaw Festival's unquestioned excellence to Buffalo audiences, starting with G.B. Shaw's MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION this fall.

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Buffalo's 710 Main Theatre, which wrapped up its 2015-16 season last weekend, is already announcing plans for 2016-17. Beginning next season, their schedule will include a production by the prestigious Shaw Festival.


While the sinking Canadian dollar is hurting many businesses on the U.S. side of the border, some in Canada are enjoying a boost from American spending. The trend is providing a positive business impact to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


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The Shaw Festival has named British director Tim Carroll as its next artistic director. Carroll discussed his plans for the Niagara-on-the-Lake institution in a conversation with WBFO's Mike Desmond.


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This year at the Shaw Festival, Harveen Sandhu plays Eliza Doolittle. Not the singing Eliza, but the Eliza of the source material, George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Sandhu about the role.

The 25th Annual Artie Awards presentation last Monday night at 710 Main Theatre was a high energy non-stop romp featuring seven musical numbers with the original Buffalo casts, very funny ad-libs, not to mention lots of fabulous shoes and great hair.  The venue was a first for the Arties, but we hope not the last. 

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The Shaw Festival's production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" is drawing favorable reviews. One of the show's stars, actor Martin Happer, took time recently to discuss his role as Black Stache.


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At the Shaw Festival this season, Moya O'Connell is the star in a classic 1930s play The Philadelphia Story. She also stars in The Philanderer.

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Fiona Reid is a veteran of the Shaw Festival and Canadian theater. This year, she's in "The Charity that Begins at Home" and will soon be on stage in "The Sea." She spoke recently with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

Theater Talk: Artie nominations

May 23, 2014

Theater critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Gabe DiMaio tell us the nominations are out for this year's Artie Awards. 

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At the Shaw Festival this year, Deborah Hay has one of the premier roles in musical theater, Sally Bowles in "Cabaret."

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Mark Scott, remembering actress Julie Harris, who died this week. Tony also has a quick review of the Shaw Festival's "Guys and Dolls." 

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Mark Scott.  They touch on Motion Picture, a Torn Space Theater performance installation at Silo City this weekend.  Tony also touts some of this year's Shaw Festival productions.

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This year at the Shaw Festival, Peter Krantz has a small, but key role in Major Barbara.  Krantz has the lead role in Faith Healer. WBFO'S Mike Desmond recently sat down with Krantz to discuss the plays and how an actor prepares for a role.

Theater Critic Anthony Chase and WBFO's Mark Scott talk about the Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of "Hamlet."  Plus, they touch on the Shaw Festival and Chautauqua Theater in this edition of Theater Talk.

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The crowds are pulling into Niagara-on-the-Lake as the Shaw Festival begins its summer season. Behind the scenes, the theater festival is watching every dime, both coming in and going out.

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Shaw Festival actor Benedict Campbell returned for his tenth season.   Tue Canadian actor appearing in Regtime and His Girl Friday.

But the veteran actor has also appeared in Straford's Shakespeare Festival for ten seasons.  WBFO & AM-970's Mike Desmond had a chance to meet Campbell and discuss his career.

You can read more about Benedict Campbell's theatre career at the Shaw Festival Website.