Theater Talk

Theater commentary with Anthony Chase and Peter Hall.

 WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk critics rundown this season's Artie nominees. 

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase tell us who has been nominated for the 22nd Annual Artie Awards.  Winners will be announced Monday, June 4th at the Town Ballroom!

For a full list of the Artie nominess

Good luck to the nominees!


Theatre Talk: Frozen

May 18, 2012

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

Theatre of Youth opens Friday night with Charlotte's Web opens.

This week WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk hosts, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase tell us about Charloette's Web and other shows on stage in the Buffalo area.

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss Driving Miss Daisy and other local productions.

Theatre Talk examines the local production of "A Delicate Balance."

Theatre Talk hosts Jim Santella & Anthony Chase takes us to the Big Apple then back to the Queen City for their review of what's on stage this spring.


It’s Friday and that means we welcome back to our WBFO and AM-970 “breakfast table” Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.  

This week our Threatre Talk co-hosts bring us some delightful Rodgers and Hammerstein music to discuss MusicalFare’s “A Grand Night for Singing” that opened this week. 

They also tip you off about “Hello Dolly” at the Palace Theatre in Lockport and much more!

If you are a fan of the Sound of Music or Oklahoma, you may want to head to the MusicalFare Theatre. 

"A Grand Night for Singing" featuring the great works of Rodgers & Hammerstein is now on stage. 

That kicks off this week's Theatre Talk review with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.


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This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss "Come Back Little Sheeba," "Spamalot" and other local productions. 

This week on Theatre Talk, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase discuss "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Secrets of the Trade."

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This week on Theatre Talk Jim Santella asks Anthony Chase about the latest production on stage at Road Less Traveled Production.

Clean Break is now on stage through April 1st.  It’s about a gambler and his estranged daughter.          

They also discuss Emperor and Galilean at Torn Space Theatre. Torn Space is located on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.   





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WBFO & AM-970's Theatre Talk guys Jim Santella & Anthony Chase brings us the latest from the stage.

This week they review  The Irish Classical Theatre Company's ' "Fish out of Water", and "Time Stands Still" at the Kavinoky Theatre. 

Theatre Talk:

Mar 2, 2012

Theatre Talks Jim Santella and Anthony Chase are back this week for their full review of theatre around Buffalo Niagara.

They give us a glimpse of Les Mis at Shea's an  When The Rainbow Was Enuf at Ujima Company.

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Jim Santella and Anthony Chase give us highlights of of what's on stage across the area. 

This week WBFO's Theatre Talk guys give a shout out to Wendy Hall who will be featured in Friday night's opening of a Cabaret Series at the Buffalo United Artists Theatre.

BUA’s Cabaret Series returns this season with three new shows.  On February 24th, Wendy Hall brings her own show to the BUA stage, accompanied by Chuck Basil.  

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WBFO'S Theatre Talk guys roll up their chairs to the studio microphones to give their round robin review of what's happening and what's to come in the local theatre scene. 

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase tell us to get ready for Ragtime at this season's Shaw Festival. The Paul Robeson Theatre in Buffalo continues with "Every Tongue Confess" and at the Jewish Repertory Theatre "The Jewish Wife & Duck Variations" is now on stage! 

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WBFO's Jim Santella and Anthony Chase open this week's Theatre Talk with a brief chat about the new television series called "Smash" about behind the scenes of staged musicals.

"The theatre is a metaphor for all our lives," said Chase.   

They also discuss  Every Tongue Confess, a drama now on stage at the Paul Robeson Theatre on Masten Avenue in Buffalo, directed by Laverne Clay.       


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This week's Theatre Talk focuses on productions in full swing. 

St. Nicholas is on stage at Road Less Traveled Productions at 639 Main Street, Buffalo,  True West is being performed by the Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions at Medaille College and Avenue Q continues at MusicalFare Theatre on Main Street in Amherst.   
That's part of this week's roundup with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase. 

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WBFO salutes Theatre Talk co-host Anthony Chase.  He is being honored by the National Federation For Just Communities.  He is among more than 30 individuals and organizations to be honored at the 2012 Community Leader Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the Buffalo Convention Center. 

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Friday means Theatre Talk on WBFO.  A weekly roundup of theatre around the region with Jim Santella and Anthony Chase.

This week they open their 2012 review with a preview chat about The Return of Alec Baldwin at Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre on Friday,  January 27.

Buffalo United Artists Website

WBFO's Theatre Talk talk team of Jim Santella and Anthony Chase deliver their final 2011 review of the theatre world as they gear up for 2012.  

Listen as they talk about singer and Tony winner Barbara Cook, who was recently honored by the Kennedy Center. 

And Santella chats with Chase about the Buffalo United Artists January production of Jeffrey - a Staged Reading with the Original Cast as it celebrates its 20th year in 2012.    


Theatre Talk: Broadway and more

Dec 23, 2011
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Theatre Critics Jim Santella and Anthony Chase take a trip to Broadway.  They also note the closing night of the acclaimed production of "Peter Pan" at the New Phoenix Theatre. 

Theatre Talk: Addams Family

Dec 12, 2011

WBFO'S Theatre Talk guys discuss the Addam's Family, a comedy musical now on stage at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.

Check out Jim Santella and Anthony Chase as they chat about local theatre, exclusively on WBFO!

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WBFO's theatre critics Jim Santella and Anthony Chase hold their weekly "theatre in the round" chat about local theatre and more!

They praise Erie County Executive-elect Mark Poloncarz for naming a member of the theatre community to his transition team.  They also note that Peter Pan will be live on stage this weekend at the New Phoneix Theatre in Buffalo!  "With Tinker Bell's magic fairy dust -- I can fly!"

Theatre Talk:

Nov 18, 2011
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Looking for some great theatre -- sit back and listen to Jim Santella and Anthony Chase as they conduct their weekly review of area productions.

Among this week's shows, Jim and Tony talk about the comedy The Divine Sister by Buffalo United Artists.

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WBFO's theatre critics, Jim Santella and Anthony Chase join us each Friday morning for a rundown of area theatre. 

This week they begin with a chat about A Class Act on stage at Musicalfare Theatre. 

WBFO presents is weekly review of local theatre.  Jim Santella and Anthony Chase offer their sense of area theatre and remember local actress Arlene Clement who recently passed away. 

Theatre Talk

Oct 21, 2011
Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase conduct their weekly round up of area theatre and more!

This week they begin with a review of Imagining Madoff by Deb Margolin on stage through November 13 at the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York. 

Theatre Talk

Oct 14, 2011

WBFO'S Theatre Talk takes us to several venues. This week local theatre critic Anthony Chase tells us about attending Poor Behavior at LA's Theatre Company in California.

Chase and WBFO's Jim Santella also takes us through on-going local shows including Enron on stage at Buffalo State College