Buffalo Theater Reviews

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Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at Shea's 710 Theatre Photo Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at Shea's 710 Theatre
by Michael Rabice - September 16, 2023

Something magical is happening at Shea's 710 Theatre. And it's a joy to report that the local talent onstage is simply astounding. Along with the Ujima Theatre Company and Second Generation Theatre, Shea's is producing a spine-tingling production of the musical THE COLOR PURPLE....

Review: THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT At Shaw Festival Photo Review: THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT At Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - September 12, 2023

Unearthing a hidden gem is always intriguing- whether it be a true fossil, pirates booty, discarded musical manuscript, or perhaps a virtually unknown play. The Shaw Festival is the lucky producer who gets to produce a never before seen mystery by the celebrated author Edith Wharton. For the first t...

Review: THE LIFE AND SLIMES OF MARC SUMMERS at Alleyway Theatre Photo Review: THE LIFE AND SLIMES OF MARC SUMMERS at Alleyway Theatre
by Michael Rabice - September 11, 2023

Everyone's life has a story. And when you start from birth, most can be pretty interesting, although not worthy of the stage. Such a story of  a young boy from  Indiana born in 1951 is being told, but is it really that stage worthy?  The answer is a resounding yes, if that guy is Marc Summers, that ...

Review: ON THE RAZZLE at Shaw Festival Photo Review: ON THE RAZZLE at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - August 03, 2023

A good story often bears repeating. Such is the case in Tom Stoppard's ON THE RAZZLE, currently playing on the Royal George stage of the Shaw Festival. It's storied provenance has beginnings dated back to the 1842 play  'Einen Jux will er sich machen'  by Johann Nestroy....

Review: CARMINA BURANA at Artpark Photo Review: CARMINA BURANA at Artpark
by Michael Rabice - July 30, 2023

Composer Carl Orff most certainly would never have imagined having his most beloved cantata Carmina Burana staged with costumes , actors, dancers, and scenery. As one of those most popular choral  pieces performed worldwide by Symphony Orchestras everywhere, the established tradition is to perform t...

Review: BLITHE SPIRIT at Shaw Festival Photo Review: BLITHE SPIRIT at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - July 27, 2023

The  perennial festival favorite BLITHE SPIRIT is making a welcome to return to the Shaw Festival stage after 30 years. The result is a breezy romp that is sure to delight, thanks to the fine casting showcasing some of the company's best players....

Review: GYPSY at Shaw Festival Photo Review: GYPSY at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - June 13, 2023

'A Musical Fable.' This is the subtitle that author Arthur Laurents chose when writing his script for the blockbuster musical 'GYPSY.' And after a  delay of almost 3 years due to covid, the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake is presenting their version of this famed musical fable at the Festival T...

Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Irish Classical Theatre Photo Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - June 09, 2023

It's good to be reminded that there was a time when manners mattered, albeit at the expense of social end economic hierarchy. Oscar Wilde's delightful THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, now playing at Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre Company , is a gem of a production  worthy of it's own notoriety. ...

Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Photo Review: JAGGED LITTLE PILL at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - June 07, 2023

When reality slaps you in the face and your personal problems seem unsurpassable, you may escape to the fantasy world of a Broadway musical. Unless the show's score is from Alanis Morissette, whose music peaked in the 90's with her unique Alternative  Rock style. And there emerges her musical JAGGED...

Review: KINKY BOOTS at Shea's 710 Theatre Photo Review: KINKY BOOTS at Shea's 710 Theatre
by Michael Rabice - May 05, 2023

Everyone was raising the roof at Shea's 710 Theatre last night singing 'Yeah' as the little story of a drag queen who saves a failing English shoe shop captured the audience's heart in KINKY BOOTS...

Review: SIX at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Photo Review: SIX at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 26, 2023

The Tudor Era meets the Girl Band as the six wives of Henry VIII take the stage in the flashy new musical SIX now playing at Shea's Buffalo. The girl singing groups of the last 70 years surely have paved the way for our regal queens, with the Spice Girls and K-Pop Girl Bands being more recent additi...

Review: THURGOOD at Irish Classical Theatre Photo Review: THURGOOD at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 07, 2023

American History, Civil Rights, Black History and theatrical drama are magically melding on stage in the one act play THURGOOD that is playing at Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre....

Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Kavinoky Theatre Photo Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Kavinoky Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 06, 2023

What did our critic think of Just how wrong can everything go so that it looks wrong in a perfect way? That should be the goal in any good  farce. And the farce du jour these days seems to be the ridiculously absurd but oh so perfectly titled, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG now playing at the Kavinoky The...

Review: THE THIN PLACE at Road Less Traveled Productions Photo Review: THE THIN PLACE at Road Less Traveled Productions
by Michael Rabice - February 26, 2023

The stage can bring you to places never dreamed of before, but what about places that are even beyond your dreams...or nightmares. Lucas Hnath's THE THIN PLACE, now playing at Road Less Traveled Theatre, brings the audience along for a fascinating ride in this interactive play. The result is nothing...

Review: HADESTOWN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Photo Review: HADESTOWN at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - February 22, 2023

Finding new ways to tell age old stories is as old as time.  Greek and Roman mythology, passion plays and Shakespearean tales are often updated or transformed from play to musical to opera or  even ballet.  Most recently the Broadway stage has found a new re-telling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth ...

Review: THE MAI at Irish Classical Theatre Photo Review: THE MAI at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - January 27, 2023

A modern day memory play  of sorts with influences of Greek mythology may be one way to describe THE MAI,  now playing at Irish Classical Theatre. Never a company to shy away from complex topics, the drama that is unfolding challenges the viewer in a myriad of ways....

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - December 14, 2022

The best uplifting evening of theatrical magic is happening again just in time for the Christmas season. And no, it's not the annual Christmas Pageant at your family church. It is the remarkable true story of goodness that came out of the unthinkable tragedy of 9/11. COME FROM AWAY has returned to t...

Review: ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 at SHEA'S 710 THEATRE Photo Review: ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 at SHEA'S 710 THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - December 08, 2022

If ever there were to be a hope of peace, it couldn't be found any closer than the trenches of the battles fought in World War I. And a rare and hard to believe story of a single night of peace is what makes up the beguiling musical play ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914 now on stage at Shea'...

Review: CHARLES DICKENS' GREAT EXPECTATIONS at Irish Classical Theatre Photo Review: CHARLES DICKENS' GREAT EXPECTATIONS at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - December 02, 2022

The holiday season often brings about classic Christmas stories being retold and Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL is usually number one on most producer's short list. Instead, Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre Company is presenting  Dickens' GREAT EXPECTATIONS in a newer version by Neil Bartlett. ...

Review: Holiday Classic WHITE CHRISTMAS Takes the Stage At Shaw Festival Photo Review: Holiday Classic WHITE CHRISTMAS Takes the Stage At Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - November 29, 2022

Christmas traditions may come and go, but watching the film WHITE CHRISTMAS has always been an obligatory part of the holiday season for me. And for the past 20 years or so, audiences can experience Irving Berlin's classic  live on stage. The Shaw Festival is presenting their joyous version this yea...

Review: GUARDS AT THE TAJ at Road Less Traveled Theater Photo Review: GUARDS AT THE TAJ at Road Less Traveled Theater
by Michael Rabice - November 28, 2022

The bonds of a true friendship rarely can be broken, even in the face of adversities.  The story of such a friendship is being beautifully told in Rajiv Joseph's gripping one act play GUARDS AT THE TAJ now playing at Road Less Traveled Theater....

Review: TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Photo Review: TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - November 09, 2022

The beloved  diva took to the Shea's Buffalo stage as the Broadway musical TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL opened to wild audience approval last night. The icon of soul and later rock & roll has her life told through another one of those bio-musical retellings, using the Tina Turner catalog of hits as...

Review: A Disturbing MISERY at Kavinoky Theatre Photo Review: A Disturbing MISERY at Kavinoky Theatre
by Michael Rabice - October 30, 2022

The Halloween season is upon us and the folks at Kavinoky Theatre have capitalized on the eerie and sometimes gruesome story that is Stephen King's MISERY. Thanks to the blockbuster 1990 movie adaptation featuring the fascinatingly devious Kathy Bates, the story has some name recognition. Bates went...

Review: Celebrating Sondheim with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Mus Photo Review: Celebrating Sondheim with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Musical Hall
by Michael Rabice - October 24, 2022

What did our critic think of Celebrating Sondheim with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Musical Hall?...

Review: THE SECRET GARDEN: SPRING VERSION CAPTIVATES at Shea's Smith Theatre Photo Review: THE SECRET GARDEN: SPRING VERSION CAPTIVATES at Shea's Smith Theatre
by Michael Rabice - October 15, 2022

When a big musical takes to a small space there may be cause for concern. But fear not, The Second Generation Theatre Company ‘s production of THE SECRET GARDEN fits perfectly in the cozy Shea’s Smith Theatre and transforms the space into a magical garden. ...



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Funny Girl in Buffalo Funny Girl
Shea's Performing Arts Center (2/13 - 2/18)
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The Company Theatre (9/30 - 9/30)
ROMEO & JULIET in Buffalo ROMEO & JULIET
The Company Theatre (10/13 - 10/29)
One Man, Two Guvnors in Buffalo One Man, Two Guvnors
Aurora Players (10/6 - 10/22)
Hell-oween in Buffalo Hell-oween
First Look Buffalo Theatre Company (10/6 - 10/21)
Rocky Horror Show in Buffalo Rocky Horror Show
OFC Creations Theatre (10/12 - 10/31)
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