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Reality slowly disintegrates into a fragmented nightmare in "The Father," a chilling one-act by the French playwright Florian Zeller that opened April 28 in the Kavinoky Theatre. Zeller's story, set inside the addled mind of a man suffering from dementia, is more frightening than any horror film playing in your local cineplex. It follows Andre (David Lamb) as he t…

Amy Herzog opens her play "The Great God Pan" with a disturbing revelation that ripples out to wash over secrets being held deep and still. Onstage at the Jewish Repertory Theater in Getzville, the results are mixed but thought provoking. Herzog loads a lot onto the affected characters, who deal with floods of emotions as personal disclosures and issues of self-discover…

1) Buffalo Undy Run, 7:30 a.m. registration, race at 9 a.m. April 29 at Amherst-Colvin green space in Delaware Park. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for kids in advance; prices rise $5 on the day of the race. See the course map here. Commentary: If you see a big group of scantily-clad runners circling Delaware Park on Saturday morning, do not be alarmed. The Undy Run…

T Pain. 6 p.m. Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. Niagara Falls. 205-8925. rapidstheatre.com. $10-$30. If there's a big name in rap, chances are T Pain has appeared on their record at some point. Now, the hitmaker behind "Bartender" and "Buy You A Drank" comes to Buffalo. Prepare for a blast of nostalgia. Dwayne Gretzky. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. 852-3900. townba…

"Risky Business." 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. 692-2413. rivieratheatre.org. $3-$10. The Tom Cruise classic is back on the big screen. Seth Godin: Made in Buffalo. 7 p.m. Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. 882-8700. albrightknox.org. $70. Entrepreneur, author and marketer Seth Godin kicks off the Made in Buffalo speaker series where…

Last week, it was reported that the leader of Chechnya wants to exterminate the country's LGBT population before the beginning of Ramadan, the holy month of Islam. The week before that, we learned that gay men had already been sent to concentration camps, where they were tortured and beaten, humiliated beyond repair. Some are alleged to have been killed. How does this i…

Shakespeare in Delaware Park is looking for a boy who can play between the ages of 6 to 10 years old, for the role of the McDuff child, in its summer production of “Macbeth.” The show will run from July 27 to Aug. 20 (7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays). Auditions will be held at 5 p.m. May 1 in the SDP office, 3860 Main St. (Clare Music Hall). Boys will read from t…

Let me get this out of the way: “Godspell” has never resonated with me. And it’s not because I’m Jewish. The hippie-rock retelling of the Gospel of Matthew is a story like any other. I’m not prejudice to its subject matter. No, it has to do with its theatricality. The show’s parable voice employs a gestural kind of storytelling that can be fun, party-like ev…

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…