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BWW Review: MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS at Shea's 710 Theatre BWW Review: MASTER HAROLD...AND THE BOYS at Shea's 710 Theatre
by Michael Rabice - February 18, 2018

For it's second season offering the Shaw Festival and Shea's 710 Theatre in Buffalo chose to present Athol Fugard's MASTER HAROLD....AND THE BOYS. The production was a hit during Shaw's 2016 Festival in Niagara on the Lake and besides Buffalo, it recently was presented in Montreal.... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITRESS at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Review: WAITRESS at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - February 07, 2018

A successful Broadway musical has always been anchored by an engaging story augmented by a great score. Over the years the formula hasn't changed much but the sound of the music certainly has, as popular music changes and evolves The 30's had Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach and his synthesizers appeared... (more...)
BWW Review: A Triumphant  CONSTANT WIFE at Irish Classical Theatre BWW Review: A Triumphant CONSTANT WIFE at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - January 29, 2018

A Triumphant CONSTANT WIFE. Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre continues it's season of comedies with a splendid production of W. Somerset Maugham's THE CONSTANT WIFE. In lesser hands the story of a wife who appears to turn a blind eye to her husband's infidelities could come across as a dreadfully d... (more...)
BWW Review: An Awe-Inspiring LION KING at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Review: An Awe-Inspiring LION KING at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - December 15, 2017

Julie Taymor may not be a household name, but her magical staging and mesmerizing creativity is most likely the reason why THE LION KING has become a world wide phenomenon. The termed blockbuster is tossed about all too frequently but the Disney stage production of their 1994 animated musical has ga... (more...)
BWW Interview: AUTHOR ROXANNE DANIELLE AS DOCTOR ROX BWW Interview: AUTHOR ROXANNE DANIELLE AS DOCTOR ROX
by Mark C. Lloyd - December 14, 2017

Author Roxanne Danielle Roland as Doctor Rox has a fast selling book out and even more new projects coming our way.... (more...)
BWW Review: Tailor made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' at SHAW FESTIVAL BWW Review: Tailor made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - December 04, 2017

Tailor Made Hometown 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' Charles Dickens himself would most likely approve of the charming version of his classic story of miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge and his influence over everyone in a quaint hometown. The Shaw Festival's Artistic Director Tim Carroll has programmed A CHRISTMA... (more...)
BWW Review: Satisfying Story Telling in MINDING FRANKIE at Irish Classical Theatre BWW Review: Satisfying Story Telling in MINDING FRANKIE at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - November 11, 2017

Engaging story telling is an ancient art and being able to retell someone else's story can be a challenge-- where to put emphases, inflections and pauses, what to include and what to embellish, and how to bring characters to life. Playwright Shay Linehan has adapted Irish author Maeve Binchy's nove... (more...)
BWW Review: STRONG CAST MAKES FOR SUPERB 'DESIGN FOR LIVING' at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: STRONG CAST MAKES FOR SUPERB 'DESIGN FOR LIVING' at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - September 29, 2017

BWW Review: STRONG CAST MAKES FOR SUPERB 'DESIGN FOR LIVING' at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE. Never afraid of controversy, Noel Coward's DESIGN FOR LIVING must have seemed bawdy and shocking in it's day. Let's face it, a menage a trois always elicits controversy. But somehow that master of witty reparte... (more...)
BWW Review: Latin Rhythms Overcome ON YOUR FEET Shortfalls at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: Latin Rhythms Overcome ON YOUR FEET Shortfalls at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - September 24, 2017

LATIN RHYTHMS OVERCOME 'ON YOUR FEET' SHORTFALLS No one would be more surprised to see a Cuban-American immigrant turn into an international superstar than a young Gloria Estefan herself. But years later her story is being retold on stage in ON YOUR FEET- The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadw... (more...)
BWW Review:  SWIT Continues To Charm Audience In SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS at Shea's 710 Theatre BWW Review: SWIT Continues To Charm Audience In SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS at Shea's 710 Theatre
by Michael Rabice - September 15, 2017

Hold your hats boys, Hot Lips Houlihan, aka Loretta Swit from the classic TV show MASH is back in town. Shea's 710 Main Theatre is presenting the two handed play SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS for the remainder of this Curtain Up Weekend. The good new is there are still some seats available, the bad... (more...)
BWW Review: AN OCTOROON at SHAW FESTIVAL BWW Review: AN OCTOROON at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - August 23, 2017

Pushing the limits of the Shaw Festival's mission, an edgy slave story from a different era is being presented in The Royal George Theatre. By the looks of it, Shaw's usual audiences are in for an eye opener. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (aka BJJ) has taken us on his own personal journey of frustrated pla... (more...)
BWW Interview: Actress CHRISTINA FOSTER BWW Interview: Actress CHRISTINA FOSTER
by Mark C. Lloyd - August 19, 2017

BWW Interview: Actress CHRISTINA FOSTER... (more...)
BWW Interview: Actress COURTNEY TURNER BWW Interview: Actress COURTNEY TURNER
by Mark C. Lloyd - August 12, 2017

BWW Interview: ACTRESS COURTNEY TURNERCourtney Turner is an actress who is dedicated to the ART of acting. She made her professional acting debut in 2015 at the Legendary Paul Robeson Theatre in Buffalo, N.Y. ... and she keeps busy.... (more...)
BWW Review: DRACULA at SHAW FESTIVAL BWW Review: DRACULA at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - August 08, 2017

STRONG ACTING IN DRACULA DESPITE TEDIOUS SCRIPT The story of Bram Stoker's DRACULA has been told long enough since the novel's release in 1897 that most everyone is familiar with the famous Prince of Darkness. Numerous films have been made, as early as the silent version NOSFERATU, and a stage ... (more...)
BWW Interview: PRODUCER & WRITER PHIL DAVIS, SR. BWW Interview: PRODUCER & WRITER PHIL DAVIS, SR.
by Mark C. Lloyd - July 23, 2017

PRODUCER & WRITER PHIL DAVIS, SR.... (more...)
BWW Review: WILDE TALES at Shaw Festival BWW Review: WILDE TALES at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - July 13, 2017

CHARM ABOUNDS IN SHAW FESTIVAL'S 'WILDE TALES' A verbose frog, an egomaniacal Rocket, two charming birds, and a sympathetic Prince are not the usual cast of characters in an Oscar Wilde play. But in the ever evolving 2017 Shaw Festival season, his 'WILDE TALES' proves to be an eye opening and joy... (more...)
BWW Review: NOISES OFF at CHAUTAUQUA THEATER COMPANY BWW Review: NOISES OFF at CHAUTAUQUA THEATER COMPANY
by Michael Rabice - July 07, 2017

There can be great comedy in repetition. Allowing an audience to think they know what is coming next but slipping in an unexpected variation on a theme can throw you for a comedic loop. This premise is the basis for Michael Frayn's rioutously successful 1982 farce, NOISES OFF. The Chautauqua Theater... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III at SHAW FESTIVAL BWW Review: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - June 19, 2017

McCAMUS IS BRILLIANT AS KING GEORGE III Mental illness in the 18h Century, aka madness, was as in some respects as poorly understood and accepted then as it is today. Being a monarch would imply that the best care would be at your disposal, but when the malady is unknown, even King George III of ... (more...)
BWW Review: BPO BROADWAY COMEDY TONIGHT! at KLEINHAN'S MUSIC HALL BWW Review: BPO BROADWAY COMEDY TONIGHT! at KLEINHAN'S MUSIC HALL
by Michael Rabice - June 12, 2017

Broadway Trio Joins BPO for a COMEDY TONIGHT! The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Pop Series concluded with a robust program entitled BROADWAY COMEDY TONIGHT! Packed with gems from Broadway's hey day to present day blockbusters, the varied program allowed it three soloists to shine.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAY FEVER at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: HAY FEVER at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - June 09, 2017

A frothy Noel Coward evening on a warm June night sounds like perfect programming. Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre is presenting his light hearted romp HAY FEVER with mixed results, at best. Although considered one of Coward's lesser works, HAY FEVER has achieved a respectable position in the thea... (more...)
BWW Review: ME AND MY GIRL at Shaw Festival BWW Review: ME AND MY GIRL at Shaw Festival
by Michael Rabice - May 28, 2017

A 'ME AND MY GIRL' Not To Be Missed It is infrequent for the theatre god of comedy to shine bright enough to induce glee, but that is what occurred on opening night of the Shaw Festival's utterly charming production of ME AND MY GIRL. An alchemy of sorts has melded a super talented cast with the... (more...)
BWW Review: WICKED at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: WICKED at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - May 20, 2017

Good Triumphs Over All in WICKED. It's hard to know if in 1900 L. Frank Baum ever imagined there would be an afterlife to his children's book 'The Wizard of Oz,' but in 1939 MGM capitalized on book's wide appeal and their film version has became a staple in every child's movie experience. Flash forw... (more...)
BWW Review: THE OTHER MOZART at SHEA'S 710 THEATRE BWW Review: THE OTHER MOZART at SHEA'S 710 THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - May 05, 2017

HIGH ART RETURNS IN 'THE OTHER MOZART' Child prodigies may be rare, but not necessarily that rare if you grew up in the Mozart family of Salzburg. The unknown and until now mostly untold story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's older sister, Maria Anna (Nannerl), is equally as fascinating as that of ... (more...)
BWW Interview:  ACTOR MARC-JON FILIPPONE BWW Interview: ACTOR MARC-JON FILIPPONE
by Mark C. Lloyd - May 03, 2017

One of the benefits of working in theater is meeting nice people like Marc-Jon Filippone. I met him a few years ago and it was a pleasure working with him.... (more...)
BWW Review: Scintillating CABARET at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: Scintillating CABARET at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 26, 2017

A scinitillating revival of Kander and Ebb's CABARET is playing on the Shea's stage and this re-imagined classic feels both fresh and disturbing in appropriate ways.... (more...)