THE CHIMES Road Less Traveled Productions/RLTP Theatre
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
Wrong Charles Dickens.
Dec 9, 2016, 16:19
BUFFALO PINOCCHIO The New Phoenix Theatre Company
It’s an old tradition in British theater of the Christmas pantomime, a “panto,” filled with low comedy and camp performances aimed at little more than entertainment in the holiday season.
That’s really what’s going on in “Buffalo Pinocchio” on the New Phoenix stage.
Dec 2, 2016, 14:44
RHAPSODY TORN SPACE THEATER AND FLATSITTER/Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circlee
Theater is always supposed to be virtual reality and the better the production the more it surrounds you and works into your mind.
“Rhapsody” is real virtual reality.
Nov 24, 2016, 14:02
THE 39 STEPS Kavinoky Theatre
“The 39 Steps” is a farce with innumerable doors.
The Kavinoky Theatre is reviving Patrick Barlow’s four character version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie version of the John Buchan novel.
Nov 20, 2016, 00:21
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST Subversive Theatre/Manny Fried Playhouse
There are roles performers want to grab and roar into.
That’s anywhere in entertainment, live or on the big or small screen.
Nov 18, 2016, 13:48
HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND THEN KILL THEM ART of Western New York/330 Amherst St.
I have to be a little careful about aspects of reviewing this play about disturbed female relationships and female friendship.
Halley Feiffer’s “How To Make Friends And Then Kill Them.”
That title isn’t rhetorical.
Nov 9, 2016, 13:45
4000 MILES Jewish Repertory Theatre/Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre
There are any number of plays about collisions between parents and children.
Less common are alliances between grandparents and grandchildren, excluding “On Golden Pond.”
There’s Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles.”
Nov 8, 2016, 14:52
TENDERLY: The Rosemary Clooney Musical MusicalFare Theatre/Daemen College
For two decades starting in the late Forties, Rosemary Clooney (Debbie Pappas) was near the peak of American entertainment, star on radio, in the movies, recording star and then TV star.
Nov 8, 2016, 13:03
EQUUS Irish Classical Theatre Company/Andrews Theatre
Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” may be outdated psychiatrically but it remains a great bit of theater because of the story and its conflict.
Nov 4, 2016, 15:15
TRUE WEST Road Less Traveled Productions/RLTP Theatre
Sam Shepard is well-known for his jaundiced view of life, played out on the stage.
Nov 3, 2016, 12:48
THE UNFORTUNATES Red Thread Theatre/Jim Bush Studios
In the late Victorian age, London was filled with tens of thousands of prostitutes, a center of trafficking matched by few cities, ever.
In late 1888, someone wandered into this human disaster and began killing and carving up women, the six victims of Jack the Ripper.
Oct 29, 2016, 15:15
GIVE 'EM HELL, HARRY!" The New Phoenix Theatre Company
It’s a truly bizarre experience to sit in a theater in the middle of this even more bizarre presidential election campaign and see “Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!”
Oct 27, 2016, 12:58
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