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Whether people past a certain age are capable of rising above their circumstances is a preoccupation of many theatergoers and more than a few playwrights. One of them is David Lindsay-Abaire, whose play “Good People” explores the struggles and aspirations of a woman rattling around in her South Boston neighborhood, trapped in her South Boston mindset and looking desperatel…

As trippy musical psycho-dramas go, “The Who’s Tommy,” now playing in MusicalFare Theatre, has to be the trippiest.The 1993 show, adapted from the groundbreaking 1969 rock opera “Tommy” by the Who’s Pete Townshend and jukebox musical pro Des McAnuff, is a literal interpretation of a vague blueprint – an infliction of theatrical realism upon a perfectly good piece of mid-20…

As trippy musical psycho-dramas go, “The Who’s Tommy,” now playing in MusicalFare Theatre, has to be the trippiest.The 1993 show, adapted from the groundbreaking 1969 rock opera “Tommy” by the Who’s Pete Townshend and jukebox musical pro Des McAnuff, is a literal interpretation of a vague blueprint – an infliction of theatrical realism upon a perfectly good piece of mid-20…

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Rock opera fans whose appetites have not been sated by MusicalFare Theatre’s ongoing production of “Tommy” should make their way to Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.), where Green Day’s “American Idiot” is performed at 8 p.m. Friday. The show last screeched through town in a 2012 production in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts that News Pop Music Cr…

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Rock opera fans whose appetites have not been sated by MusicalFare Theatre’s ongoing production of “Tommy” should make their way to Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.), where Green Day’s “American Idiot” is performed at 8 p.m. Friday. The show last screeched through town in a 2012 production in the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts that News Pop Music Cr…

Buffalo

Shea’s Performing Arts Center is teaming up with the national theater company iTheatrics to build and expand musical theater programs in Western New York middle schools, the theater announced during a press conference today.During the first phase of the program, iTheatrics staff will instruct teachers in the basics of musical theater production in some 20 suburban and city…

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Shea’s Performing Arts Center is teaming up with the national theater company iTheatrics to build and expand musical theater programs in Western New York middle schools, the theater announced during a press conference today.During the first phase of the program, iTheatrics staff will instruct teachers in the basics of musical theater production in some 20 suburban and city…

Buffalo

When big films come to small towns, hilarious events are bound to ensue.That’s more or less the premise of Marie Jones’ “Stones in His Pockets,” a two-man show about a big-budget Hollywood movie that descends on a small village in Ireland’s County Kerry. It focuses on the crew’s woefully misguided attempts to create an idealized image of Irish culture. Its two stars, in th…

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When big films come to small towns, hilarious events are bound to ensue.That’s more or less the premise of Marie Jones’ “Stones in His Pockets,” a two-man show about a big-budget Hollywood movie that descends on a small village in Ireland’s County Kerry. It focuses on the crew’s woefully misguided attempts to create an idealized image of Irish culture. Its two stars, in th…

A mystery by the author of “Rosemary’s Baby,” a new holiday tradition and a Pulitzer-winning story about drug addiction and recovery will appear in the 2014-15 season of Road Less Traveled Productions, the local theater company announced last week.The RLTP season begins Sept. 12 with Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap,” a mystery about a pair of playwrights with a complex and potentia…

A mystery by the author of “Rosemary’s Baby,” a new holiday tradition and a Pulitzer-winning story about drug addiction and recovery will appear in the 2014-15 season of Road Less Traveled Productions, the local theater company announced last week.The RLTP season begins Sept. 12 with Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap,” a mystery about a pair of playwrights with a complex and potentia…

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For a 1994 production of the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” in the Pfiefer Theatre on Main Street, directors Michael Hake and Lynn Kurdziel-Formato put together an eclectic cast of rock musicians and musical theater pros. The result, as reviewer Anthony Chase wrote in his review, was “a rocking good show.”For the first local production of the show in 20 years, MusicalFare Theatr…

With the 2013-14 theater season little more than half over, two local companies already have finalized plans for their upcoming seasons.Torn Space Theater, the experimental company known for its unorthodox and often site-specific productions, claims that it is “redefining the theater season” by launching its new spate of shows in March rather than September.On March 20 in …

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Some tasks are hard to finish.Such is the nutshell-assessment of Theatre Jugend’s production of Trey Parker’s “Orgazmo,” the porn-set comedy based on his and “South Park” co-founder Matt Stone’s 1997 film. According to program notes, this is the very first production of any such stage adaptation, director Drew McCabe and producers having worked “closely with the film’s pro…

Amherst

For a 1994 production of the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” in the Pfiefer Theatre on Main Street, directors Michael Hake and Lynn Kurdziel-Formato put together an eclectic cast of rock musicians and musical theater pros. The result, as reviewer Anthony Chase wrote in his review, was “a rocking good show.”For the first local production of the show in 20 years, MusicalFare Theatr…