CHRISTMAS IN JULY Buffalo United Artists/Alleyway Theatre
One of the key issues in putting a play together is setting the scene and usually setting the scene quickly.
Oct 21, 2016, 16:50
LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART The New Phoenix Theatre Company
Terrence McNally is a master of intricate stories, the twists and turns which keep the audience awake in their seats.
Of course, you also need a strong cast to execute those twists and turns.
Oct 11, 2016, 12:11
BREAST IN SHOW O'Connell & Company/Park School
Everybody knows modern medicine can cure anything.
Except it can’t.
Cancer is what’s called a “chronic” disease.
Oct 7, 2016, 16:37
JITNEY Paul Robeson Theatre/African American Cultural Center
August Wilson specialized in big picture stories based on little pictures of life in the Hill District in Pittsburgh.
He spread his ten plays over a century in the life of his old neighborhood, mostly the effects of time, economics and government on the Black residents.
Oct 1, 2016, 22:23
THE SUBMISSION Buffalo United Artists/Ujima/Main Street Cabaret
The story behind Jeff Talbott’s “The Submission” is the old Watergate aphorism: It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup.
Sep 30, 2016, 14:52
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH Irish Classical Theatre Company/Andrews Theatre
For theatrical purposes, there’s nothing like a good delusion.
It’s Tennessee Williams and “Sweet Bird of Youth.”
Sep 28, 2016, 14:39
DINNER WITH FRIENDS Road Less Traveled Productions/RLTP Theater
Dinner with friends, ah!
Often pleasant but also prone to problems and difficulties and poorly said comments.
Sep 26, 2016, 14:32
DON'T TALK TO THE ACTORS Kavinoky Theatre
It’s an old story in Hollywood that no one pays any attention to the script writer, although sometimes they should.
Sep 23, 2016, 18:00
DEAR LYDIA, Alleyway Theatre
Advice columnists are all over the media.
They go back to the British papers with their “agony aunts.”
Sep 23, 2016, 11:47
AMERICAN IDIOT American Repertory Theater of WNY/330 Amherst St.
For a certain generation, Green Day’s “American Idiot” will remind you of “Hair” and its young people and a war, clearly an earlier war than “Idiot.”
Sep 21, 2016, 12:47
URINETOWN: The Musical Subversive Theatre/Manny Fried Playhouse
“Urinetown” is the perfect musical for the lefty atmosphere of Subversive Theatre, a society whose bathrooms are controlled by a private monopoly, enforced by the police.
Sep 15, 2016, 12:54
GYPSY MusicalFare Theatre/Daemen College
“Gypsy” is one of those classic shows, on stage constantly and on the big screen.
The difficulty is that it’s hard to cast, because it needs singers and dancers and, most notably, it needs Mama Rose.
Sep 14, 2016, 13:57
THE DANCE OF DEATH Studio Theatre/Shaw Festival
You can count on a few things from the Swedish playwright, depressing story, fantastic characters and social issues.
Aug 16, 2016, 19:13
SWEENEY TODD:The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Festival Theatre/Shaw Festival
As the baker’s assistant slashes the throat of murderous Sweeney Todd, there was applause from a group of seats near me.
Aug 16, 2016, 18:45
MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS Court House Theatre/ Shaw Festival
The fault line of history runs across the Court House Theatre stage.
Unfortunately, that’s also theatrical history.
Aug 13, 2016, 00:13