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There was never much doubt that the members of the Subversive Theatre Collective would be part of the Resistance. It's also not surprising that they have so much fun doing it. The company's season opener, "It Can't Happen Here," could come with the subtitle "Oh yes, it can!" as it takes on the current state of politics here and around the world. But especially here. …

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It's a testament to the smart construction and sentimental appeal of Richard Alfieri's teary comedy "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" that even a sputtering production can easily earn a standing ovation. Sputtering is putting it kindly for the touring production of the play that opened Sept. 14 in Shea's 710 Theatre, starring Loretta Swit (known to many as Major Margaret…

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Andy Anselmo, the vocal coach to stars including Mandy Patinkin and Liza Minnelli, is giving Western New York a new gift. Anselmo, 93, is spearheading the construction of an arts center at Canterbury Woods, the Amherst retirement community where he lives. The new venue, announced today, is estimated to cost $3.5 million. Anselmo is pledging $500,000. "Music has been …

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1) Resurgence Brewing Oktoberfest, noon to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at 1250 Niagara St. Free to attend. Commentary: One of the best parts of fall? No, not pumpkin spice or apple cider, but stein-hoisting competitions! All those forearm squeezes can pay off. Resurgence's Oktoberfest holds challenges for both men and women on Saturday, plus $10 steins (as you can see from t…

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There isn’t a more perfect show to kick off a theater season than “The Producers.” It’s got showgirls and chorus boys, kick lines and cartwheels—it’s got sexy grandmas and prancing Nazis. What more do you need? After the riotous opening night performance at the Kavinoky Theatre, you might have needed a sedative. Three hours of exhausting laughter never felt …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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"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…