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Torn Space Theater is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We can't have the same large-scale performances that we're used to," said Artistic Director Dan Shanahan. Starting this Friday and running through  May 31, Torn Space presents an online "personal-performance piece" called "Passage." Assembled by sound designer Justin Rowland, the production is intended for solitary listening.

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It may defy description, but MANMADE EARTH is connecting with audiences. Created by New York City-based 600 Highwaymen, the production debuted in Buffalo a year ago as part of a larger festival hosted by Torn Space Theater. With eight young actors from Buffalo in tow, MANMADE EARTH has been on the move, including performances in front of sold-out audiences at Brooklyn's Invisible Dog Art Center. This weekend the show will conclude its local two-week run at 612 Fillmore Avenue.


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It's become a rite of summer along the Buffalo Riverfront: Torn Space Theater using Silo City for one of its massive, site-specific productions. This weekend they'll debut FEAST on the grounds which are home to the rusty and crumbling remains of a once-bustling grain storage operation. Unlike past productions at Silo City, FEAST will focus less on the industrial relics and more on the new ecology that has emerged.


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Since Torn Space Theater made the historic landmark its home, the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle has been central to a number of ambitious site-specific productions. With the support of the UB CAI grant,  the Mickiewicz will host two separate performances for multiple runs this weekend. The group 600 Highwaymen presents Manmade Earth. Torn Space Theater is producing Light/Station, which will lead patrons from the Mickiewicz outside to a massive stone sculpture to an organ concert in St. Stanislaus Church.


Once again this year, the Response Performance Festival will utilize the space at Silo City for a site-specific production. According to Dan Shanahan, Artistic Director at Torn Space Theater, more elements and venues have been added. Some performances will feature a boat ride along the Buffalo River, and Bridgman/Packer Dance will perform inside the bed of a 17-foot box truck at Canalside and at the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle.


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Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising is effusive in her praise of Torn Space Theater. "If you haven't been there, you should go." On WBFO's Press Pass, Marinelli highlights Torn Space's recent production of  "Far Away," and the theater company's home, the historic Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle. "It's a gem on the East Side."


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The date has been set and you're invited! WNED|WBFO will be hosting a party on Monday night, November 6, 2017 in  honor of Anthony Chase and WBFO's weekly Theater Talk, on the air, continuously, for 25 years.

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This week Theater Talk mentions one of the few plays up in a week of musicals.  Torn Space Theater presents THE COLLECTION by Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter about two couples whose dwellings are separated by an on-stage wall, with, however, telephone connection.

By coincidence, two regional theater companies have presented Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, at the same time, and both close this weekend. Chautauqua wraps up their "gender bender" take (the shrew is a guy) tonight. Shakespeare in Delaware Park concludes Sunday evening with their "pirate" themed version.  Meanwhile, check out Torn Space Theater for some pushing-the-boundaries performance art this weekend (see below for details).

The Response Performance Festival covers four days, uses three venues and allows access to an historic steamship. The event, which starts Thursday, is the latest ambitious effort from Torn Space Theater.


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After 15 years in Buffalo's Polonia neighborhood, Torn Space Theater is getting closer to finalizing plans for expansion. The theater company presented its proposal to members of the Buffalo Planning Board Monday night, and received approval for what they call a "unique" project.

Plans would expand arts opportunities in Buffalo

Feb 23, 2016
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After the area lost three theaters to development, it looks as if arts development projects are coming back.  One plan looks to expand a cultural site on Fillmore Avenue while another would convert of a former church on Richmond into a dance center.


Opening tonight, THE SHIPMENT, deals with multiculturalism and cultural identity while EL HAJJ MALIK concerns the life of Malcolm X. Both of these plays will appeal to audiences of BAD JEWS and FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN. Meanwhile, LOAD MORE GUYS deals with on-line gay hook-ups, a topic in the news recently.

A number of plays and musicals were held over during Thanksgiving week so audiences have one final opportunity to see, for example, NORA at Torn Space Theatre, STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY at the Paul Robeson Theatre, or BOTH YOUR HOUSES at the Kavinoky Theatre, all discussed on this week's Theater Talk.

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After being left to crumble for several years, the grain elevators now known as Silo City are fast becoming the center of a wide variety of events.

Most of the Curtain Up! plays continue into October, including "All Quiet on the Western Front" at the New Phoenix Theater on Johnson Park in Buffalo, part of the international 100-year look back at World War I.  This sad story of young Germans who volunteer together is told with power and grace and is enhanced by the puppetry of Michele Costa.

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Accolades and large crowds accompanied "Motion Picture," the site-specific piece produced for Silo City in 2013 by Torn Space Theater. Producers hope to replicate that success this weekend with "STOREHOUSE."

Torn Space Theater presents "A Clockwork Orange"

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A stage production of "A Clockwork Orange"  appears on stage at Buffalo's Torn Space Theater through October 13th. According to director David Oliver, the stage version of  "A Clockwork Orange" has been produced often in other parts of the world but it has appeared only a few times in the United States.

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.