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BWW Review: THE SEEDBED at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: THE SEEDBED at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - March 24, 2017

A series of purported subtle exchanges and misinterpreted actions of a small Irish family form the framework for Bryan Delaney's THE SEEDBED, now on stage at Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre. Reminiscent of the darkness found is so much of Edward Albee's family dramas, playwright Delaney creates a ... (more...)
BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at SHEA'S 710 THEATRE BWW Review: RING OF FIRE at SHEA'S 710 THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - February 19, 2017

Much has changed in Buffalo, including it's theatrical scene. A coming home of sorts is happening at SHEA'S 710 THEATRE. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH has returned to the stage where the production began. In 2005 Studio Arena Theatre produced this jukebox musical created by Richard Maltby ... (more...)
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - February 17, 2017

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE PROVES TO BE A FROTHY DELIGHT ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT The sleeper hit A GENTLEMANS GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER took the 2014 TONY AWARDS by storm when it won the coveted Best Musical prize. Not surprisingly, TONY voters were enthralled with the production, but also realized the ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Actress and Director Catherine Burkhart BWW Interview: Actress and Director Catherine Burkhart
by Mark C. Lloyd - February 01, 2017

BWW Interview: Actress and Director Catherine Burkhart... (more...)
BWW Review: AMADEUS at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: AMADEUS at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - January 21, 2017

Joint Venture Makes For Cohesive AMADEUS Collaboration among Western New York arts groups can only help serve the better good of the community and a happy pairing of Irish Classical Theatre with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing on at Kleinhans Music Hall, as both groups presen... (more...)
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - December 14, 2016

The story of Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas took to the Shea's stage last night for a 5 day run. Based on the 1983 movie, we now have a full blown musical version of A CHRISTMAS STORY that faithfully recreates much of the classic tale.... (more...)
BWW Review: EQUUS at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: EQUUS at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - November 11, 2016

STELLAR CAST DELVES IN DRAMA OF EQUUS Near perfection. That is what Irish Classical Theatre has achieved in their exciting new production of Peter Shaffer's EQUUS. Shaffer's poignant and often unsettling drama about a troubled teenager who commits an unspeakable act against horses can be diffi... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - November 10, 2016

Glorious Dancing Propels AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Not since Jerome Robbins staged WEST SIDE STORY and Agnes DeMille's historic dream ballet sequences have theatre goers been presented the opportunity to experience Broadway musical story telling through dance. The boldly refreshing new Broadway tourin... (more...)
BWW Review: MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION at SHEA'S 710 Theatre BWW Review: MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION at SHEA'S 710 Theatre
by Michael Rabice - November 04, 2016

Something exciting has happened in the former Studio Arena Theatre, now known as Shea's 710 Theatre .The Shaw Festival, Canada's only Bi-National theatre company, has forged an alliance across the border with Shea's Buffalo Theatre to present one of their productions at 710 each season. Given the c... (more...)
BWW Review: SEE THINGS LIKE YOU CD Is Top Quality Cabaret BWW Review: SEE THINGS LIKE YOU CD Is Top Quality Cabaret
by Barry Lenny - September 10, 2016

This is one of those albums that you will find yourself listening to time and again.... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Shaw Festival BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - August 01, 2016

From it's ominous sounding opening organ chords, Stephen Sondheim makes it clear that you are in for a macabre evening of theatre as his masterpiece SWEENEY TODD begins. What sounds almost too gruesome to be appropriate for a musical has over the years had audiences and critics alike arguing whether... (more...)
BWW Review: Victorian Charmer ENGAGED Right at Home at Royal George Theatre BWW Review: Victorian Charmer ENGAGED Right at Home at Royal George Theatre
by Michael Rabice - July 11, 2016

The Shaw Festival has unearthed a bit of a gem, that in lesser hands may be considered no more than a cubic zirconium. W.S. Gilbert's ENGAGED is a frothy trifle that seems perfect for a midsummer's night. This delightful piece of Victoriana theatre can best be thought of as a play with thin operet... (more...)
BWW Review: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at SHAW FESTIVAL BWW Review: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - June 27, 2016

Ever the consummate commentator of society and gender, Oscar Wilde has never been afraid of controversy or potentially offending member of both sexes. Never has this been more evident than in his 1893 A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, which is receiving a glamorous new production at the Shaw Festival in Nia... (more...)
BWW Review: ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Shaw Festival BWW Review: ALICE IN WONDERLAND at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - June 22, 2016

The Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake has pulled out all the stops on it's glittering new production of Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND. This new version adapted for the stage by director Peter Hinton incorporates newly composed music by Allen Cole. While often an asset, the music can also be... (more...)
BWW Review: AN IDEAL HUSBAND at BUFFALO'S IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: AN IDEAL HUSBAND at BUFFALO'S IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - June 13, 2016

Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre is doing what they so often do best- presenting a classic, like their current production of Oscar Wilde's AN IDEAL HUSBAND, with subtlety and care. Wilde is know for his comedies of manners and society, and in AN IDEAL HUSBAND we are treated to a delicate balance of... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE LETTERS at 710 MAIN THEATRE BWW Review: LOVE LETTERS at 710 MAIN THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - May 12, 2016

MACGRAW AND O'NEAL MASTER THE ART OF 'LOVE LETTERS' Before cell phones, texts, tweets or facebook messages there existed that lost art of writing letters. Yes, I said art. Putting words to paper in complete sentences that share emotions as well as news of the day can be exciting to write and even m... (more...)
BWW Review: THE YEATS PROJECT at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: THE YEATS PROJECT at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - April 22, 2016

Three of Buffalo's esteemed arts organizations have teamed together to present what is being called THE YEATS PROJECT: TWO PLAYS BY W.B. YEATS. This non-traditional event may best be described as a piece of performance art incorporating the talents of the Irish Classical Theatre, Lehrer Dance and To... (more...)
BWW Review: AVENUE Q at 710 Main Theatre BWW Review: AVENUE Q at 710 Main Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 08, 2016

A joyous thing is happening at 710 Main Theatre. A group of irreverant puppets and some caricature humans have moved in on a street where you say what you mean and you mean what you say. This hilarious production of AVENUE Q presented MusicalFare had the attentive audience laughing at things they kn... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Reviews: THE WIZARD OF OZ at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 06, 2016

Escaping to Oz may be the fate for Dorothy, but her glorious adventure had patrons at Shea's Buffalo Theatre delighted to follow her down that infamous  yellow brick road. The lavish new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ opened last night and had the audience enraptured with the familiar story. The cla... (more...)
BWW Review: FULLY COMMITTED at Irish Classical Theatre BWW Review: FULLY COMMITTED at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 25, 2016

Imagine a day at the office when no one else shows up but you. Well this underground office takes the reservations for an upscale Manhattan restaurant and the frenetic, frenzied and fast paced hijinks that ensue make up the delightful comedy FULLY COMMITTED playing at Irish Classical Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: DIXIE'S NEVER WEAR A TUBETOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL at Shea's Smith Theatre BWW Review: DIXIE'S NEVER WEAR A TUBETOP WHILE RIDING A MECHANICAL BULL at Shea's Smith Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 02, 2016

Shea's Smith Theatre is hosting everyone's favorite Tupperware lady, Dixie Longate, for the rest of this week and anyone yearning for some strong belly laughs, groans, and an all around 90 minutes of hilarity should head downtown. Dixie has been in town before in DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY, and this ... (more...)
BWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: PIPPIN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - January 27, 2016

The 1970's was an era of self discovery, rebellion and personal exploration. Broadway was morphing from the stock musical comedy formula towards the darker issues of life not usually seen on the musical stage . There was a young Stephen Sondheim delving into the deep interpersonal relations of marri... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ALL MY SONS at Irish Classical Theatre BWW Reviews: ALL MY SONS at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - January 16, 2016

BRILLIANT CAST SHINES IN MILLER'S AMERICAN TRAGEDY... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE END OF THE RAINBOW at THE KAVINOKY THEATRE BWW Reviews: THE END OF THE RAINBOW at THE KAVINOKY THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - January 15, 2016

Real life is often more dramatic than stage drama, and in the case of Judy Garland,  everyday life was a scary venture for the drug and alcohol addicted child star turned adult superstar.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANNIE at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: ANNIE at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - December 09, 2015

The iconic 1977 Charles Strouse musical ANNIE opened last night at Shea's Buffalo to a large, appreciative audience. After the most recent Broadway revival that failed mostly due to a poor heavy handed directorial concept, Annie's original lyricist, Martin Charnin, chose to direct his version of thi... (more...)