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Young people have a lot on their plates. Between school, activities, peer pressure, bullies and those flammable hormones, well, it’s not easy. Throughout it all, the brave search for identity rages on. This is the premise of the new musical “Pretty Funny,” which received its world premiere at MusicalFare on July 12 and continues through Aug. 13. It is written b…

The Towne Players will hold auditions for Tim Kelly’s “Bloody Jack” at 7 p.m. on July 17-18 in Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside, Tonawanda. Four men and four women between the ages of 25 and 65 are needed. Auditioners will read, with British accents, from a script. For information, call John Giarratano at 228-1295.

Jonah McIntosh, a young Canadian actor who was in the middle of his first season at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has died, according to a Facebook post from the company. "It is with great sadness we mourn the tragic passing of Jonah McIntosh," the Shaw Festival statement said. "We are devastated by the loss of such a source of joy and sunlight in our …

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – Memories are unreliable, but that is part of what makes them beautiful. The fragmented recollections of your youth – things such as the pattern of the wallpaper in your half-finished attic or the smell of your grandparents' cigarettes – may trigger a deep sense of comfort. They could be calledon in moments of stress to remind you that,…

Marisa Guida, a 1997 graduate of Williamsville South High School who now lives in Richmond, Va., had her first baby in May. Her second one, MusicalFare Artistic and Executive Director Randall Kramer has often joked, is due this week. It's not a medical miracle. It's more of a creative one. It's called "Pretty Funny: The Musical," a contemporary piece based on the und…

Dudney Joseph Jr. isn’t letting the summer off-season keep him from performing around Buffalo. The cheery-faced actor, who made a splash in last season’s “Sophisticated Ladies,” joins Raphael Santos and Lorenzo Parnell for “3 Tenors Soul Collective Cabaret” on July 15 at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth). The show features songs by Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, D…

Over the decades, the plays of the witty, flamboyant, irritating and inspiring Oscar Wilde have been huge successes at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival. Wilde was both prophet and pariah in the late 19th century United Kingdom, but he was particularly chastised on a trip to America in the 1880s.“A sovereign of insufferables,” hissed the caustic columnist, Ambrose …

The queen is coming back. Following Jimmy Janowski's buzzworthy performance in Buffalo United Artists' production of "Cleopatra" in March and April, the company is bring him back for a six-show encore. Janowski, whose facial expressions each deserve separate billing, stars as camped-up Queen of the Nile in Charles Busch's outrageous take on the Shakespeare tragedy. I…

Victoria Pérez can do anything, it seems—straight drama, musical comedy, run a theater company (the fantastic Raíces). But this summer, a first: Shakespeare! Pérez appears in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” with Shakespeare in Delaware Park through July 16. She recently shared a few thoughts about her life on and off the stage. Tell me a story about a time you wer…

Why don’t women rule the world? I’m asking. They know more about conflict, about love, about problem-solving and combat and the stamina to get through it. They’re built to break and bleed, to adapt and regenerate. And not only do they persevere, they have the generosity to show us how they did it. I’m speaking in generalities, of course. But if there’s o…

The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., is a 50-minute drive from Buffalo. But it often feels worlds away. Part of that feeling is thanks to the design and meticulous landscaping of the village itself, a pristine stretch of shops and businesses that seems to have been transferred in its entirety from a seaside British town. But mostly, it has to do with the p…

1) Ellicottville Summer Music Festival, 3 p.m. June 30 through July 3 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $40 per major show and can be purchased here; prices for shows at other participating venues vary. Commentary: Fall Fest and ski season aren't the only times of the year to visit Ellicottville; the summer music festival in…

The 710 Main Theatre, which has been experimenting with a mix of local and national programming since it reopened in 2012, has put the finishing touches on another eclectic lineup for its 2017-18 season. Highlights include two productions from the Shaw Festival, Athol Fugard's " 'Master Harold' ... and the Boys" and a compilation of stories for children by Oscar Wilde, …

In January, a group of young performers from Buffalo's diverse community of refugees caused a minor stir with their performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Jewish Repertory Theatre in Getzville. But they're far from the only group of young theater-lovers hailing from other countries. A case in point is the long-running program "Shakespeare Comes to (716)," a project…

Shakespeare in Delaware Park audiences have seen innumerable interpretations of Falstaff, the bumbling, boorish man-clown whose influence as a comic archetype echoes everywhere in popular culture. But chances are they’ve never seen a Falstaff quite like the one who will barrel onto the company’s sprawling new stage on June 23, when an all-female production of “The…