Colin Dabkowski - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

Colin Dabkowski

Colin Dabkowski is The News' arts critic, responsible for covering visual art and theater in Western New York. Before joining The News in 2007, he worked as managing editor of McSweeney's oral history book series in San Francisco and as a freelance journalist in New Orleans.


Gusto

In 2011, Mara Odette-Guerrero and Rick Williams arrived in Buffalo to chase an unlikely dream. The couple wanted to establish a link between two regions -- Buffalo and Cuernavaca, Mexico -- that seemingly had little in common but their rich and diverse cultures. The link took the form Casa de Arte, an unorthodox gallery in a converted Allentown garage that has served…

Gusto

Certain times call for certain playwrights. And local artistic directors preoccupied with the uncertainties of the current political moment have been reaching back, with increasing desperation, to the work of Arthur Miller. The Kavinoky Theatre, which produced Robert Waterhouse's stripped-down version of Miller's "A View from the Bridge" last season, is opening "The …

Art

Takashi Murakami, the acclaimed Japanese artist known for his singular and eye-popping visual style, has never had an exhibition in this region. That changes on Nov. 4, when a selection of the artist's new work will go on display in the gallery's sculpture court in "Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe." The show will feature two 60-foot-long paintings, featur…

Gusto

It may take a village to raise a child. But under the right circumstances, it only takes two actors to bring that village to life. In the Irish Classical Theatre Company's production of Shay Linehan's play "Minding Frankie," that task falls to two of Buffalo's most experienced performers: Christian Brandjes and Kirsten Tripp Kelley. They drive the action and take on all…

Gusto

When was the last time you tasted a piece of art? Visitors to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's new show will have a chance to do just that when its multi-sensory exhibition "Out of Sight! Art of the Senses," opens on Nov. 4. No, patrons will not be permitted to lick the Cylfford Stills and Giacommetis. Rather, they'll be able to participate in an array of sensory art…

Obituaries

May 26, 1922 – Oct. 25, 2017 Long before Nike adopted its famous slogan, Buffalo director and SUNY Buffalo State professor Warren Enters was spreading it like gospel through Buffalo's theater community. "He would just say, 'Do it! Stop talking about it. Do it,' " said television writer and producer Tom Fontana, Enters' former protégé and Buffalo State student. "H…

Gusto

Second Generation Theatre, an ambitious local company launched by three young performers in 2013, is scrapping plans to establish a permanent space in the soon-to-be-restored Shea's Seneca building in South Buffalo. "After a great deal of due diligence, we have determined that the Shea’s Seneca space is not a financially viable site for Second Generation Theatre," com…

Gusto

Sometimes it takes a little gestation for a theater production to reach its full potential. Take, for example, Jeanine Tesori's musical "Violet," which tells the story of a young woman who sets out on a cross-country journey in desperate search of a cure for her condition. It premiered off-Broadway in 1997 and but did not make its Broadway debut until 2014 in an acclai…

Gusto

Matt Witten has a thing for bad guys. The mild-mannered Buffalo actor is fresh off a nightmare-inducing performance in the title role of Shakespeare in Delaware Park's production of "Macbeth." And now he's taking on one of the most soulless characters in contemporary drama: Ricky Roma, a ruthless real estate salesman with dark heart and a moral compass stuck on evil.…

Gusto

In a time of constant conflict, figuring out where you fit in the grand scheme of things can be a full-time occupation. The task of defining, explaining and holding onto your own identity at a time when the political ground is shifting beneath your feet is the main concern of the CEPA Gallery exhibition "Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant-Garde Art.…

Gusto

The new Buffalo Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum, fueled by an expected $155 million budget and slated to break ground in early 2019, could take up to two and a half years to build. Janne Sirén, director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, shared the estimated construction timeline during an annual member meeting Wednesday evening in the gallery's auditorium. "It is …

Gusto

Too often, trying to squeeze some joy out of the commercial theater requires the downward adjustment of expectations. Few who attended the opening of "The Bodyguard: The Musical" in Shea's Performing Arts Center walked into the theater expecting to be transported by high art to the threshold of revelations. Many, lured by the formidable talents of star Deborah Cox an…

Gusto

On Thursday night in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre in Getzville, the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York celebrated the opening of its 15th season. Since 2002, the company co-founded by Shakespeare in Delaware Park's Saul Elkin and David Bunis has pumped out a steady stream of quality productions. Smartly, it has adjusted its output to match its resource…

Gusto

Western New Yorkers are used to seeing the work of Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News' Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, on the editorial page of this newspaper or in their social media feeds. But rarely have they had the chance to consider his prolific output in a curated exhibition, which can lend a fuller understanding of the themes, issues and burning concerns about Ame…