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The sound of desperation crackles in the background of Terence Rattigan's 1946 play "The Winslow Boy," which opened April 21 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Andrews Theatre. On the surface, the play chronicles a family's fight to reclaim its honor in the wake of a wrongful accusation. Beneath that veneer, it tells a broader story about the struggle to ma…

When Herb Knoll's wife of 16 years, Michelle, died in 2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer, he found his world to be an uncertain place: lonely at home, listless at work, lethargic at play. He was, suddenly, a "widower." Months after Michelle's death, Knoll was still wallowing in grief. Lots of moping. He decided to get counsel and comfort from outside sources: his c…

“The Golden Girls.” “Designing Women.” “9 to 5.” “Steel Magnolias.” “The First Wives Club.” “Living Single.” “Sex and the City.” “Girls.” And better late than never, “The Cemetery Club.” I’ve never heard of Ivan Menchell’s 1990 play, nor the 1993 film adaptation starring Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd. It has nev…

Back when a million dollars was really worth something, Sam Phillips was finding gold in the rich musical heritage of the poor rural South and launching a cultural revolution with the sounds of rock and roll. In MuscialFare's latest production of "Million Dollar Quartet," that gold shines. The polish comes from the 60 years of rock and roll history that has passed since…

So you've heard that Buffalo has a busy theater scene. You've seen the digital marquee at Shea's Performing Arts Center. You've watched the news stories about Curtain Up. Maybe you even have a friend of a friend who performs. But, for some reason, you haven't bought a ticket. If you were waiting for the right opportunity, that opportunity has arrived. During the…

As wrongful accusations go, a 14-year-old naval cadet being accused of stealing a five-shilling money order is not exactly fodder for an HBO miniseries. Typically the rules of modern drama require a murder or two, at least. But in pre-World War I England, such a minor infraction was more than enough to upend the life of young Ronnie Winslow, who finds his own reputatio…

Aug. 20, 1935 to April 7, 2017 Rosalind Cramer, a popular actress and director who co-founded Theatre of Youth in 1972 and influenced generations of Buffalo performers, died Friday in Sarasota, Fla. She was 81. The cause was cancer, according to Cramer's longtime friend and Theatre of Youth Artistic Director Meg Quinn. Cramer, who was born in Hackensack, N.J. and…

Cornhole Tourney. 1 p.m. Resurgence Brewing Company, 1250 Niagara St. 381-9868. resurgencebrewing.com. $10. Drink some beer and toss some bags as the cornhole tourney returns. Teams will square off and play for a Resurgence prize pack. "Tangled." 3 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. 692-2413. rivieratheatre.org. $3. Disney's modern animated classic t…

"Me and My Girl." 2 p.m. Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen's Parade, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. (800) 511-7429. shawfest.com. Tickets start at $28.25. Comedy and music collide in this tale of a 1940s Cockney who discovers his royal heritage. This show has won a multitude of awards including Tonys, Drama Desk Awards, and Oliviers, so any theater fan should consider this ne…

Greater Allentown First Fridays. 6 p.m. Allentown. Free. Come to Allentown on the first Friday of every month to take part in a celebration of the culture to be found in one of Buffalo's most seminal districts. Food, music, art...you can find it all in Allentown. Periphery. 6 p.m. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. 853-5483. waitingroombuffalo.com. $20-$25. Progressive met…

The City of Rochester on Friday announced the construction of a new $130 million performing arts center on the site of the former Midtown Plaza mall. The project is partially funded by a $25 million investment from Rochester-born billionaire and former Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano. In his honor, it will be named the Golisano Performing Arts Center. Th…

Trayvon Martin committed no crime, but he has already been on trial twice. The first trial unfolded in the mind of George Zimmerman, the self-appointed judge and jury who pursued and confronted the unarmed black teenager as he walked along a dark Florida street in February, 2011. The second trial, in the ruthless court of public opinion, began the moment Martin die…

Buffalo Pub Run, 6 p.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. fleetfeetbuffalo.com/training/pub-runs. Free. Join Fleet Feet for its inaugural Pub Run, which is either a two-mile or four-mile fun run around the Cobblestone District and beyond, then hang out at Iron Works following the jaunt. Martin Barre. 7 p.m. Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St. 874-7734. sport…

The Shaw Festival, which runs in several venues in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. from April to October, was founded to pay tribute to the mind-bending works and towering legacy of the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. But since its founding in 1962, the festival's mandate has grown far beyond Shaw's plays. This season, for instance, contains only two works by Shaw. …

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont.— Tim Carroll is not here to make you comfortable. This became clear about five minutes into my interview with the Shaw Festival's Manchester-born, Oxford-educated and Tony-nominated artistic director, when he described live theater as a way to "conduct an experiment with people's souls." But it really hit home about an hour later, when, a…