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Diana Huey, the "Little Mermaid" star whose struggle with anti-Asian racism has sparked a national conversation about diversity in the theater, doesn't usually get stagefright. But on Tuesday night in Shea's Performing Arts Center, the butterflies returned. Huey found herself with a new case of nerves as she faced a packed house of theatergoers whose sky-high expectati…

1) Arkells, Edgefest: Part 3, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: After Volbeat and 311, the closing act of three-pronged Edgefest is Canadian rockers Arkells, who sold out back-to-back shows in Town Ballroom last December. Frontman Max Kerman explained why he adores the Queen City in this 2015 int…

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…

Since its founding in 2003, Torn Space Theater has sought to bring audiences to the edge of their comfort zones. The company's productions have sometimes required audiences to traipse through derelict industrial spaces, sometimes wearing dust masks or white handkerchiefs. Its summer series of Silo City performances have become increasingly complex and impressive, someti…

STRATFORD, Ont. - The 64th season of this western Ontario theater arts outpost is well underway, nine plays already open, five either in or about to begin preview performances. Artistic director Antoni Cimolino has assembled a season with the theme, “exploring identity,” plays about knowing thyself, self-deception, deceit, identities that “unite or divide,” pers…

Many readers were appalled to see the hatred directed toward Diana Huey, the Japanese American cast as Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" for the touring Disney production. The News' Colin Dabkowski interviewed Huey before the production hits Shea's Performing Arts Center, at 646 Main St., from Aug. 15-20, and Huey's honesty about the racism she's faced - her opponents bel…

Diana Huey doesn't seek out negative social feedback. But too often, it finds her. That's what happened one recent day in Memphis, where Japanese-born Huey was set to perform the role of Ariel in a touring production of "The Little Mermaid" at the historic Orpheum Theatre. Before the show, scrolling through Facebook, she came across outraged comments from Disney fans…

Disney stories have a way of deepening on their way from screen to stage. Take "The Little Mermaid," which comes to Shea's Performing Arts Center on Aug. 15. In the Disney film, Ariel, the restless mermaid who wants desperately to live among humans, is rather one-dimensional. Her story is pinned largely to a male love interest, who motivates her to leave her aquatic lif…

It's always a useful exercise to wonder how far a man can travel on the strength of his delusions. A vexed and perplexed Matt Witten asks this question from a hundred angles as the title character in Saul Elkin's savvy production of "Macbeth" running through Aug. 20 in Delaware Park. And the answer comes, as it must in this most morally clear-cut Shakespearean tragedy, …

Lucille Ball had a dream. She envisioned a festival of contemporary comedy being held in her name. But the madcap heroine of "I Love Lucy" might not have imagined the scope of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, held annually since 1996 in Jamestown, where she was born on Aug. 6, 1911. The festival centers on the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, home to tons of …

Marc Sacco is a familiar face on the Musicalfare stage, where he recently earned an Artie award for his portrayal of Che in last season’s “Evita.” Up next from Sacco is the world premiere of “Pretty Funny,” written by Buffalo natives Marisa Guida and Phil Farugia. It continues through Aug. 13 at Musicalfare. Sacco answered three random questions about his life in…

That pall now descending on the western edge of Delaware Park is not a rain cloud — at least, we hope not. It is instead the ominous mood of "Macbeth," Shakespeare's classic tale of sound and fury, set to open July 27 in a Shakespeare in Delaware Park production directed by Saul Elkin. Compared to the most recent Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of the show, an…

April 28, 1957 -- July 19, 2017 Tom Zindle, a mainstay on Buffalo's theater scene known for his imposing stage presence and versatility, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. Zindle, often cast as the patriarch or authority figure in recent years, was one of eight siblings born to Edward Zindle, a laborer for South Buffalo Railway and Patricia Zin…

David Fillenwarth, who managed the Lancaster Opera House until 2014, was announced Wednesday as the new executive director of the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda. Since leaving Lancaster, Fillenwarth has been executive director of the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center in Bradford, Pa. He has 20 years of theater management experience. Fillenwarth promis…

You might know Michael Walline’s work but you might not know Michael Walline. As one of Buffalo’s leading choreographers and directors, he works mostly behind the scenes, but began his career on stage (and still appears there from time to time). Here he shares some thoughts about his life in the theater. Name a role you would never be cast in, but have always wanted…