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Intergenerational sparring matches seem to be trending this theater season. First there was "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks," the saccharine two-hander about an aging woman and her snarky younger dance instructor that kicked off the Shea's 710 Theatre season in September. Now, the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York is mounting Jeff Baron's play "Visiting Mr. G…

Theatre of Youth likes to say that it speaks to children about their "wonders and their worries," Artistic Director Meg Quinn says. The latter will be on the minds of their audiences in coming weeks as TOY presents "New Kid," a nearly hourlong play in which a mother and child from a different country, who speak a different language, come to America to start a new life. …

How lucky we are to have the Brazen-Faced Varlets in our midst. The female-forward company’s scrappy productions are often performed in the back room of Rust Belt Books, a Bohemian cave of literary wonder and secondhand love. Their plays often rewrite or re-imagine classics, passing old tales off to new audiences like avid readers share their earmarked books. Their work …

Just like the women it celebrates, "Menopause: The Musical" is aging well. In fact, after 16 years of sweating it out in theaters across the country, Jeanie Linders' show at the 710 Main theater seems hotter than ever. The current cast of this traveling sisterhood  – Teri Adams, Beth Buczkowski, Megan Cavanagh and Donna J. Huntley – breathes fresh life into the …

Who could forget the look on Megan Cavanagh’s face as Marla Hooch, the dowdy second-basewoman in “A League of Their Own.” Hooch wasn’t a looker, to a comical end. Her hunched posture, sullen face and indifference to fashion made for plenty of laughs, but she was a phenomenal ball player with simple, Midwestern values—a team player. Cavanagh’s performance tur…

Bill Murray likes to live life by chance. His hilarious interactions with strangers are documented in a book called "The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing," by Gavin Edwards. Once, he stuck two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne into a snowbank by a bank's drive-through window. He mouthed "Happy New Year" to the teller, and…

Thunder rumbles, lightning flashes and eerie music fills the air at Theatre of Youth in the Allendale Theatre. Put it all together and it can only mean one thing: "Bunnicula" is stalking the building. Well, actually, as any fan of the children's book of the same title knows, it is the celery that stalks. And despite the delicious Halloween-style theatrical effects, Bunn…

A muddled story of greed vs. the good of the community plays second fiddle to the individual performances in O'Connell & Company's season-opener "Dear World." "Dear World," with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman of "Hello, Dolly!" fame, premiered almost 50 years ago, set in post-war Paris and based on the play "The Madwoman of Chaillot." Although it is remembered as …

Vivica A. Fox leads an impressive cast coming to Buffalo for a performance of "Two Can Play That Game" on Oct. 19 at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Fox reprises her role from the 2001 film in which she played a relationship guru who faces her own romantic challenges when her boyfriend threatens to stray. She was previously in Buffalo in 2016 to film the sci-fi thriller …

Well, the rhythm is certainly going to get you. How could it not. “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan” opened Saturday night at Shea’s with a hesitant but heartfelt production, and if does anything for you, it should make you move. That’s always been the Estefans’ gift: incredible Latin music, filling Miami clubs in the late-1970s, American…

In a Cheektowaga dining room with a dropped ceiling, paper tablecloths and a whooshing HVAC system, a great American tragicomedy is playing out. There is something about the venue for Kyle LoConti's marvelous production of "Steel Magnolias," which opened Sept. 21 in a Desiderio's Dinner Theatre production in Bobby J's Italian American Grille, perfectly suited to the mat…

On a March afternoon in 1990, Gloria Estefan was on her way to perform in Syracuse when her tour bus hit a jackknifed truck on a snowy Pennsylvania highway. The accident sent Estefan to the hospital with a broken vertebra, cutting down the Cuban-American pop singer at the height of her career. In Syracuse that night, concert promoter Albert Nocciolino and much of Estef…

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…

After a month of technical rehearsals in Shea's Performing Arts Center, the national tour of "On Your Feet!" is finally on its feet. The show, which chronicles the lives and careers of pop music star Gloria Estefan and her producer husband Emilio Estefan, opens with a preview on Sept. 22 and runs through Sept. 30. The Broadway production, directed and choreographed b…

After experiencing Torn Space Theater's presentation of "The Fever" Friday night, I wished nothing more than to be able to come back for Saturday's performances, to see what would happen then. Because, except for a few key players, it would have an entirely new cast, who also happen to be the ticket holders. Immersive theater is not yet a big thing in Western New York, …