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It was one of those confusing moments, when people try to figure out whether something is really going wrong, or if it’s part of the show. As it turned out, something was really going wrong. The performance of “The Rain Dogs Project” was just getting underway last Friday night at 44 17th St. when the lights came on. Matthew LaChiusa, founder of the American Repertory…

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Road Less Traveled Theatre is moving to one of the less traveled stretches of road in Buffalo. Just three years after decamping from its longtime home in the former Market Arcade Film and Arts Center for a cavernous space at 500 Pearl Street, the ambitious local theater company will spend the summer building a new home in a former shoe store on a carless block of Main S…

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"Stellaluna" by Theatre of Youth 2 p.m. at Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.). It may not be every child’s fantasy to be raised by birds, but that’s the impressively bizarre premise of “Stellaluna,” the latest offering from Buffalo’s premiere children’s theater company. By an unfortunate sequence of events, the title character finds her way to a bird’s nest, where th…

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Depending on your disposition, there's something about the smell of a freshly cut outfield or the sound of a bat connecting with a fastball that either inspires awe or dread. The peculiar American institution known as Little League, with its daydreaming right-fielders, overbearing parents and temperamental coaches, comes in for a smart critique in Richard Dresser's char…

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What nonsense. What total, delightful, ridiculous nonsense! "Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," a romp of a rewrite of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous detective stories, is bouncing around Shea's 710 Theatre this weekend and next in a production designed to knock off any lingering gloom from the overly long winter season. "Baskervill…

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Shen Yun, one of the most brazen pieces of religious propaganda currently touring North America, is back in town and stranger than ever. After yet another blitzkrieg marketing campaign complete with misleading commercials, posters in countless shop windows, print ads, billboards and door-hangers, the religious infomercial for the Chinese sect known as Falun Gong is runn…

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I fell in love with this show before it even started. Before artistic director Meg Quinn took to the apron of the Allendale Theatre stage to introduce “Stellaluna” to its audience of tiny people. Before the small, agile ensemble sang their first notes of Guus Ponsioen’s lush, harmonic score. Before we met Adam Kreutinger’s latest ingenious puppet creations, this t…

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In “Blackberry Daze,” the latest production in Paul Robeson Theatre’s 50th anniversary season, we find a theater company working at its very best levels. The show is confident, dense with talent, and well rehearsed for its run. With only minor flaws, it has a lot to be proud of. The musical is based on Ruth P. Watson’s novel “Blackberry Days of Summer,” one in a series…

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An Evening with Lou Barlow 7 to 10 p.m. at Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.). Tickets range from $28.45 for general admission to $107.62 for admission plus a dinner with Barlow and his dad. No joke. A rare opportunity to spend some quality up-close-and-personal time with an alternative rock legend, 'An Evening with Lou Barlow' will find the former Dinosaur, Jr. and S…

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It's fun to imagine what might have happened to Buffalo's psyche had the Bills prevailed in any of their heart-rending Super Bowl appearances. This notion is at the heart of a new play inspired by the fervent fans of the Bills that will debut in Shea's Smith Theatre on Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 8. The play, "Once in My Lifetime: A Buffalo Football Fantasy," was c…

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This is the first time I’ve mentioned this in a review, but it’s most relevant in the case of Lucas Hnath’s “The Christians,” the striking new satirical drama at Road Less Traveled Productions. It has to do with the performance you decide to attend. Every performance of live theater is unique, of course, and privy to a host of factors. I’m not speaking to this productio…

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Graycliff Estate opens for the season Tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby. Basic tours are $18 for adults, $12 for students and free for members. Each basic tour lasts 75 minutes. Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate, constructed in the 1920s for the family of Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin, was supposed to be a simple, lakeside cotta…

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Made Violent with Ugly Sun, Cold Fronts 7:30 p.m. in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. This Buffalo-born trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Joe White, guitarist Rob Romano and drummer Justin Acee has dragged its garage rock/punk hybrid around the country - and even as far as the UK - in the process becoming a juggernaut of…

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Larry Shue’s popular farce  “The Foreigner” has tickled audiences for more than 30 years and, oddly enough, has come back around to an unintended relevancy. That fact doesn’t escape the people putting on the show this month at the Kavinoky and it was definitely appreciated by the audience. Who would have thought that the threat of the KKK – which was almost an anachroni…