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If you're having relationship problems, chances are that a desperate road trip to a haunted bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pa. is not going to solve them. In fact, a dimly lit house filled with creepy tchotchkes and surrounded by fields where the severed limbs of soldiers were once stacked 10 feet high, might tend to exacerbate the situation. And that's just what…

The Theatre District will come alive on Sept. 15, as it does every year around this time, for the 36th Curtain Up! celebration. The three-act affair, featuring a gala dinner, performances at 12 theaters and a vibrant street party, marks the opening of yet another theater season. The season-opening offerings are eclectic, as usual, but this spate of shows features an unu…

It starts with the directions to Gregory Lamberson’s house on the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border: Two stories. Got it. Red roof. Nice touch. Political sign on the lawn. Fine. Johnny Gruesome decal on the car. Oookaaay…? When you realize what Lamberson does for living, the sticker makes sense. He’s a horror writer and filmmaker, and “Johnny Gr…

Last winter, Rochester native and die-hard Buffalo Bills fan Jennie Fagen achieved minor internet stardom with her musical take on the team's seemingly interminable playoff drought: "Bills are 16 Going on 17." As in it has been that many years since the last time fans' hearts were broken in the playoffs, as opposed to getting them broken in the regular season. (See "Throwb…

For years, Stephen McKinley Henderson graced the boards at Studio Arena Theatre, working his way through the American theater canon on his slow and steady rise to wider fame. And on Monday afternoon, direct from Broadway, the Buffalo-based stage and screen actor and former University at Buffalo professor returned to the Theatre District to be honored with a permanent sp…

Trai Byers, who plays the emotionally challenged scion of a global entertainment company on the FOX show "Empire," will visit Buffalo on Sept. 15 for a celebration launching the 50th season of the Paul Robeson Theatre. The appearance will serve as PRT's offering for Curtain Up!, the citywide celebration of the new theater season. Byers, a graduate of the Yale School …

ART of WNY, Matthew LaChiusa’s “diamond-in-the-rough” tiny acting space in Buffalo’s Black Rock, has opened its 11th season with a Drew McCabe-directed production of local playwright Mark Humphrey’s latest work, “Roommates.” McCabe loves the several sides of this new play, calling it “serious, darkly comedic and provocative.” Full of twists and turns and …

Summer might be ending but there is still campy fun to be found with "Peter and the Starcatcher" at MusicalFare. Magical from the starry top to its blustery bottoms, a school-age audience member said it was "amazing." Even those who are less dazzled will find the Tony-winning "Starcatcher" to be one of those guilty pleasures where everyone is in on the joke. The s…

To Shakespeare, the play's the thing. In Buffalo, the party is. Buffalo is a theater town second to none. We are famous for our wealth of theaters -- probably more per capita than any other burg our size. Live theater in Buffalo has a devoted, passionate audience. But for one evening, reality eclipses the stage. Curtain Up!, which takes place this year Sept. 15…

"Dear Evan Hansen," the popular Broadway musical about a high schooler with social anxiety that brought home six Tony Awards in June, will come to Shea's Performing Arts Center during its 2018-19 season. The national tour, announced on Thursday, will launch in October, 2018 in Denver and go on to play 50 cities, including Buffalo, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago and Los Angele…

Annette Daniels Taylor is a multifaceted theater artist. As a published poet, she has performed her writing all over the city, including this summer’s Silo City Reading Series, presented by Just Buffalo. As an actor, she has worked tirelessly in many companies, as well as an arts educator with Young Audiences of Western New York. Here she shares some thoughts about her l…

Every year, as the new theater season approaches, observers of the scene ask themselves the same question: How long can Buffalo's great theatrical growth spurt last? It's been going on long enough -- two decades and counting -- that you can hardly call it a spurt anymore. Even with the natural entropy of Buffalo's theatrical ecosystem -- companies flaming out, fading…

The Towne Players will hold auditions for its annual Christmas show from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 11-12 at 169 Sheridan Parkside, Tonawanda.  Actors of all ages are needed, especially from 6 to 12 years and from 30 to 60 years.  Production dates are Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17. Actors will read from the script. Call 885-3179. ... Cheektowaga Chorale/Chamber is seeking teno…

As Buffalo's summer theater season winds down, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. is moving ahead at full steam. Its 11-show season, in which comedy and tragedy live in close quarters and music suffuses almost everything, runs through October. A look at four shows that opened in July: "Androcles and the Lion," through Oct. 7 in the Court House Theatre…

Melissa Meola is one half of the brain behind Torn Space Theater, the avant-garde, experimental company that wows audiences at the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and in site-specific performances around the city, like its production of "The Gathering" at Silo City last weekend. The collaborative Response Performance Festival has returned for a second year and has more …