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Next week, “Will & Grace” will return to network television after 11 years. So much has improved in that brief time for the LGBTQ community. It feels different to be gay today than it did just 10 or 15 years ago. And yet, there is so much to fix. Progress tends to be a marathon. We’re still running. This is all I could think of during a performance of Donna Ho…

Israel Horovitz's comedy “My Old Lady,” which opened Friday night at the New Phoenix, has a charming and absorbing premise. The play opens with Jim, a middle-aged man from New York, arriving in Paris to collect on his inheritance an apartment owned by his late father. Except there he finds Mathilde—the old lady—living there. And she will continue to, contractual…

Everything about “Killer Rack,” the new musical that opened at Alleyway Thursday night, should scare you. A stage adaptation of a horror movie about a flat-chested woman who gets breast augmentation surgery, only to discover that her implants have the power to kill men. It shouldn’t work on the stage, even by horror-camp standards. It bills itself as a “feminist…

There isn’t a more perfect show to kick off a theater season than “The Producers.” It’s got showgirls and chorus boys, kick lines and cartwheels—it’s got sexy grandmas and prancing Nazis. What more do you need? After the riotous opening night performance at the Kavinoky Theatre, you might have needed a sedative. Three hours of exhausting laughter never felt …

Look around The New Main Street in downtown Buffalo these days and you’ll find plenty of new food to eat. A spacious food hall, a Parisian café, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and until recently, a French fry restaurant. Turns out it’s cars that bring milkshakes to the yard. But unlike the return of vehicular traffic to a few of Main’s busier blocks, some …

Annette Daniels Taylor is a multifaceted theater artist. As a published poet, she has performed her writing all over the city, including this summer’s Silo City Reading Series, presented by Just Buffalo. As an actor, she has worked tirelessly in many companies, as well as an arts educator with Young Audiences of Western New York. Here she shares some thoughts about her l…

In what has been called a gay version of “Girls,” Josh Thomas created a realistic drama that deals with life-altering situations with wit, honesty, candidness and love. Title: Please Like Me Year It Began: 2013 Where It Can Be Seen: Hulu Who’s In It: Josh Thomas, Tomas Ward, David Roberts, Debra Lawrence, Renee Kim, Keegan Joyce, Hannah Gadsby Typical …

Let me tell you, if you ever have the chance to see Diana Ross in concert and don't take it, you're a fool. It's an entire experience, like riding a roller coaster at night, or watching fireworks from a rooftop. Hold onto your hats. It's a wild ride. Anyone lucky enough to be at the Seneca Niagara Casino Event Center on Friday night knows what I'm talking about. M…

There's a scene in the Joan Rivers documentary wherein she mourns the loss of an old friendship, with a man she says was the last link to her formative years, to an era gone by and never to return. I feel this way about Record Theatre, where I spent every penny of every dollar I ever earned or received growing up. My allowance went straight to the deep, rectangular stor…

The thing about John Mayer is that there is more than one of him. He's not just the prodigal philosophy major with a guitar crooning your freshman year soundtrack. He's not just the well-studied blues guitarist who helped revive The Grateful Dead and who earns the respect of any true musician. And he's certainly not just the celebrity whose relationships and breakups write…

Melissa Meola is one half of the brain behind Torn Space Theater, the avant-garde, experimental company that wows audiences at the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and in site-specific performances around the city, like its production of "The Gathering" at Silo City last weekend. The collaborative Response Performance Festival has returned for a second year and has more …

NIAGARA FALLS — Children dressed as demons. Grandmas studded in spikes. Macho men plastered in makeup. And a full-collared priest standing without any irony in general admission. This — and then some — is a Kiss concert. If you’ve never seen Kiss, as I hadn’t, you truly can’t prepare for it. I’ve seen a lot of theater, quite a bit of circus, some opera,…

Let’s cut to the chase: The sole reason you should buy a ticket to “The Little Mermaid,” which runs through Sunday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center, is star Diana Huey. She is star-making in the lead role of Ariel, the red-haired princess of the underwater who longs for legs, the mermaid created by Hans Christian Andersen and immortalized by Disney in the 1989 a…

Two misanthropic New York City writers struggle to become famous for their work, and blame everyone else along the way. Title: Difficult People Year It Began: 2015 Where It Can Be Seen: Hulu Who’s In It: Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner, James Urbaniak, Andrea Martin, Gabourey Sidibe, Cole Escola Typical Episode Length: 30 minutes Number of Episodes to Dat…

DARIEN CENTER — I’m wearing a Bills helmet as I tell you this. As far as bands go, The Goo Goo Dolls never did it for me. Go ahead, drown me in loganberry. I’ll wait for my penance. Let me specify that it’s their music that makes me feel this way. They sound average and generic in my ears. Not bad, though not particularly impressionable. I’m guessing that I…