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1) Shamrock Run, 9 a.m. day-of registration, tentative noon start time March 3 at Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). Late registration fee is $40 and may be purchased online here and picked up at the OFW by EOB Friday. Commentary: The 40th anniversary of the pre-St. Patrick's Day race is a 5-mile jaunt through the Old First Ward, with runners donning a r…

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Regret is a recurring character in the work of Irish playwright Conor McPherson, a favorite of the Irish Classical Theatre Company and its audiences. McPherson’s dark and somewhat mystical work returns to the Andrews Theatre stage on March 2, when the company opens a production of his 2013 play “The Night Alive.” (It last produced a play of McPherson’s, the devastating …

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Irish Classical Theatre fondly remembered the life of fictional character Hugh R. Boxworthy, a notorious party animal, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in the Atrium at Rich's. Browse shots of the crowd.

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LehrerDance, Buffalo's only professional dance company to regularly perform outside Western New York, closed in early February. In a statement emailed to The Buffalo News Thursday, the company's Board of Directors announced it had terminated founder and artistic director Jon Lehrer Feb. 7. The board's statement also said the company was in the process of "determining t…

Columns

“The past is always present,” the narrator says in the opening of the harrowing play “The Auction Block.” The challenge is reaching those who’d prefer not to believe that pithy summation of history’s lingering impact. The conclusion was hard to escape for anyone attending last weekend’s performances of the short but affecting play in which a slave family having Sunda…

Comedy

Few Buffalo performance spaces are quirkier than the tiny Main Street Cabaret. That quirkiness -- views are sometimes obscured by columns and you can often hear the Metro Rail clanging during performances -- makes it totally appropriate for its next iteration as a comedy club. The cabaret, housed in the Alleyway Theatre's complex in a renovated former bus depot, will…

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The Pazinskis are back. And this time they're singing. Tom Dudzick's "Christmas Over the Tavern," a holiday musical featuring the beloved clan of working-class Catholics from the playwright's popular "Over the Tavern" series, is set for MusicalFare Theatre's 2018-19 season. "For years I've had this idea to do a Christmas story with these guys, with the Pazinskis," Du…

Dance

For nearly 50 years, Rochester-based choreographer Garth Fagan has been honing his signature style of contemporary dance. The Tony-winning artist is perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 Disney musical "The Lion King," which recently played in Shea's Performing Arts Center. But equally impressive is his century-spanning career with his eponymous dance company. …

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Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away” is a modern day Greek drama in all the best ways. Her spare dystopian tale of a society and world at war with themselves has echoes of Aeschylus and Euripides, still, after thousands of years, addressing issues of morality, hypocrisy and mortality. Even with those ancient echoes, “Far Away,” now onstage at Torn Space Theater, has a distinctl…

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Roland isn’t a bad guy, but he isn’t much fun to be around, either. His negative attitude borders on the cynical, and he does all he can to keep people at arm’s length. In fact, he can be so condescending it’s a wonder anyone will talk to him. Luckily for him, in “Beginning Again,” playwright David Alan Brown introduces Roland to people who recognize his irritable…

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Since the mid-1990s, Buffalo's theater scene has been running on steroids. Over the past 20 years, the number of professional and semi-professional theaters has approximately doubled, to about two dozen. Those companies, not including community theaters or the nearby Shaw Festival, mount more than 100 productions per year. The growth has come with challenges: As volu…

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Tonight's opening performance of "Master Harold... And the Boys," a 2016 Shaw Festival production slated for a four-day run in Shea's 710 Theatre, has been canceled because of a visa issue, said Shea's marketing and communications director Sarah Heximer. According to a statement from Shea's President and CEO Michael Murphy and Shaw Festival Executive Director Tim Jennin…

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Philip Akin does not believe in "magic black people." So the plays he directs for Toronto Obsidian Theatre Company, the Shaw Festival and elsewhere avoid the simplistic characterizations of black men and women so common in Hollywood or on Broadway. "I call it the 'magification problem,' " said Akin, whose sterling 2016 production of Athol Fugard's play "Master Harold…

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It never gets any easier to watch, to absorb the horrifying reality depicted in “The Diary of Anne Frank.” I don’t know how many times I’ve heard Anne’s story, and felt both worry and awe. Each time, it rattles a nervous bone, and by lights down, it strengthens my spine a little more. And yet, the fear of redundancy, of complacency or, worse, irrelevance lingers. So whe…

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There is a bit of a feeling of falling down the rabbit hole when you are sent to review the opening night of a play about the cast and crew of a play who are nervous wrecks about having the opening night of their play reviewed. Consider it "Jitters" squared. The popular 1979 comedy by Canadian playwright David French has just opened in the intimate performance space of …