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In late 2013, the Raíces Theatre Company returned to Buffalo's theater scene after a 10-year absence with a production of Carmen Rivera's play "La Gringa." It was a resounding success that registered deeply with Buffalo's Latino community, whose members had long been hungering to see their lives and experiences represented onstage. Since then, Raíces' reach has e…

The Buffalo sports world rarely intersects with the city's theater scene. For the most part, the theatrics that play out at New Era Field appeal to a different audience than those you might find at Shea's Performing Arts Center or the Irish Classical Theatre Company. But those worlds met on May 17 during the first rehearsal of Road Less Traveled Productions' origin…

After more than 13 years on Broadway, and three previous pit stops in Buffalo, the mega-hit musical “Wicked” has returned to Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The national tour touched down Tuesday night for a three-week stay through June 4. I’m happy to say it has never looked better. It’s hard to maintain high standards after so many years. “Wicked” has joi…

1) SkyRide Buffalo, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21, departs from LaSalle Park. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for youth ages 14-20, $25 for GObike Buffalo members and $100 for VIP passes; all ticket info can be found here. Late registration is $40. Commentary: The annual SkyRide celebrates sustainable transportation, Buffalo's flourishing bike culture and affords participants one…

Jim Pritchard and Gary Rouleau, co-directors of North Tonawanda's Riviera Theatre, were relieved of their duties Tuesday night by the theater's board of directors. Pritchard and Rouleau both confirmed the firings, which happened during the monthly board meeting at the theater. "All I can say is we were informed last night that we were apparently not generating enough…

Subtlety is not in the repertoire of Bread and Puppet Theater. The socially radical company thrives on critiquing the political order of the moment. Which makes this as good a time as any to see how the company turns the machinations of politics into art. Buffalo audiences will have a chance to take in the company's trademark aesthetic on May 23, when the troupe per…

Few musicals in the past quarter-century have inspired a more passionate reaction from young fans than "Wicked," which makes its fourth visit since 2008 to Shea's Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.) starting May 17. The show's appeal has something to do with Stephen Schwartz's addictive melodies, which range from frothy musical comedy pastiches ("Popular") to high-oc…

Piggie and Gerald are stars. They would be surprised to learn that. Piggie and Gerald would say they are best friends. Stars are in the sky. That is true. It also is true that Piggie and Gerald are starring in their own play on the stage of the Allendale Theatre, presented by the Theatre of Youth. You should see it. You should take a friend or a child, or a chi…

To close out its strong 2016-17 season, New Phoenix Theatre is presenting a show that is the stage equivalent of light dessert. “Kalamazoo” is a comedy of later-life romance, starring a mismatched pair of widowed adults who find common ground in their philosophy of life. Nothing deep is happening here, at least not the way that Peg and Irving are conceived by playwr…

Had she lived until now, had she not been killed by the Nazis, Anne Frank would now be in her 80s. But her story is as overwhelming as ever. As the world observes the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and continues to confront evil, "The Diary of Anne Frank" continuously takes on new relevance. A 2016 adaptation by Wendy Kesselman of the stage drama "The Diary of Ann…

It is no secret that Matt LaChiusa, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater of Western New York - ART of WNY - loves plays with plenty of quirk, off-the-wall stories that enrage or enthrall, shock or surprise. Some gore, maybe. Matt would have been at home back in the 1920’s at the Grand Guignol Theater in Paris where horror was central: blood, brutality,…

"Least Resistance," a play about opioid addiction drawn from the stories of Jamestown residents, has its final two performances May 5 and 6 in the Willow Bay Theatre. The show, created by mental health expert Steven Cobb and Jamestown playwright Richard Olson-Walter, emerged from Cobb's own recovery experience and eventually grew to include stories from other members of…

When Mozart was a Wunderkind, he toured the great courts of Europe with his older sister, Nannerl. Nannerl -- the name is the German equivalent of Nancy -- was, by all accounts, an amazing pianist. She stopped performing in her late teens, when both children were growing too old to be child prodigies. Now Nannerl has a new status, as feminist icon. Writers and resea…

Breakfast Club #6: '80s Brunch. 11 a.m. Thin Man Brewery, 492 Elmwood Ave. 923-4100. thinmanbrewery.com. Munch on brunch while listening to hits from the '80s. Food and music co-mingle in a combination of nostalgia and amazing taste. International Jazz Day Celebration. 1:30 p.m. PAUSA Art House, 19 Wadsworth St. 697-9075. pausaarthouse.com. Free. Organized by UNE…