Buffalo Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: STAGE KISS is a Delightful Summer Romp at SHAW FESTIVAL BWW Review: STAGE KISS is a Delightful Summer Romp at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - June 21, 2018

When the stage directions in a script indicate 'to kiss' any good actor knows it will be 'stage kiss.' That is, kind of awkward at first attempt in the rehearsal hall, but hopefully with practice becomes convincing enough to the audience without the actors actually becoming emotionally involved wit... (more...)
BWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVAL BWW Review: An Elegant GRAND HOTEL at SHAW FESTIVAL
by Michael Rabice - June 11, 2018

'People come, people go,' 'some have, some have not.' Simple lyrics that can expose a myriad of stories and wounds. Just what one would expect in a busy hotel. No one is ever quite sure what happens behind the closed doors of a grand hotel, but outward appearances are often just that, appearances t... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - June 06, 2018

The Phantom of the Opera has returned to town, but there will be no familiar 'Music of the Night.' Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has been penning a sequel to his blockbuster for years, and it has been performed in many versions, as LOVE NEVER DIES. Buffalonians may remember being titillated with the annou... (more...)
BWW Interview: Playwright DARRYL SCHNEIDER BWW Interview: Playwright DARRYL SCHNEIDER
by Mark C. Lloyd - May 24, 2018

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BWW Review: BASKERVILLE at Shea's 710 Theatre BWW Review: BASKERVILLE at Shea's 710 Theatre
by Michael Rabice - May 11, 2018

A modern take on an old classic can be risky business, and morphing a murder mystery into a comical farce sounds intriguing on the page. Micro sized casts have done wonders with Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps' and Charles Ludlam's 'The Mystery of Irma Vep,' so it is no surprise that comic playwright Ken... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 30, 2018

Seldom is there a musical where the question asked is not have whether you seen it, but rather how many times have you seen it. Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1988 blockbuster THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is such a musical. Repeated viewings are commonplace in Western New York, with many having seen the origina... (more...)
BWW Review: THE AWFUL TRUTH at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE BWW Review: THE AWFUL TRUTH at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - April 24, 2018

Whatever your artistic quest may be, from unearthing gem stones or archeological ruins to discovering a lost manuscript of music, there is always an element of nostalgia and new found glee when the item arises. Stage director Fortunato Pezzimenti discovered Arthur Richman's unpublished 1922 script... (more...)
BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - April 04, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber has become a household name and he is having a resurgence in popularity of late. His 1970 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR garnered great accolades this past Sunday in it's TV presentation. Buffalo audiences will have no less than 4 of his works to see in the next year in the Shea's Buffal... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at SHEA'S BUFFALO Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 07, 2018

Oh, remember those great mega-musicals from the 90's? There was LES MISERABLES AND PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and OMELETTE: MUSICAL...Well OMELETTE was the little known musical from the 1590's, not 1990's, that is the subject of the riotous National Tour now playing at Shea's Buffalo Theatre, aptly named... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE at Irish Classical Theatre BWW Review: THE NIGHT ALIVE at Irish Classical Theatre
by Michael Rabice - March 05, 2018

Unhappiness in rural Dublin-- Not an altogether unlikely topic for a play. But when Buffalo's Irish Classical Theatre included Conor McPherson's THE NIGHT ALIVE as part of their season of comedies, I wondered how it fit the bill. Happily the play about unhappiness somehow morphs from dark comedy to ... (more...)
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...)