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Life in Buffalo’s post-recession economy is weird.Buildings are rising on the Medical Campus and waterfront, each one a new piece of evidence of the increasing fortunes of the city’s traditional power brokers. At the same time, grass-roots organizations are gathering strength in their opposition to some aspects of the city’s development. Others are workin…

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The worst curse and greatest virtue of theater its impermanence.Great performances exist only in the instant, preserved as hazy impressions in the memories of the performers and audience members lucky enough to see them. The actor Peter O'Toole, whose own ephemeral life ended in December, likened creating a play to “building a statue of snow.”That idea should have been com…

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The worst curse and greatest virtue of theater its impermanence.Great performances exist only in the instant, preserved as hazy impressions in the memories of the performers and audience members lucky enough to see them. The actor Peter O'Toole, whose own ephemeral life ended in December, likened creating a play to “building a statue of snow.”That idea should h…

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NEW YORK – As she’d be the first to tell you, Michelle Williams, a movie star with practically no experience as a singer and dancer, was not an obvious choice to play the nightclub entertainer Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” She is making her Broadway debut in the role, at Studio 54, in the Roundabout Theater Company’s resuscitation of its legendary 1998 production, which bring…

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NEW YORK – As she’d be the first to tell you, Michelle Williams, a movie star with practically no experience as a singer and dancer, was not an obvious choice to play the nightclub entertainer Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” She is making her Broadway debut in the role, at Studio 54, in the Roundabout Theater Company’s resuscitation of its leg…

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Cuban-American Maria Irene Fornes, a poet, painter and a playwright for more than half a century, has said that, in her plays, she seeks “innocence, tenderness, a sense of humor and a special kind of joy.” In “Mud,” a Fornes work from 1983 now in revival at Torn Space Theater, those laudable qualities are in short supply.Fornes, a prolific, absurdist, avant-garde feminist …

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Cuban-American Maria Irene Fornes, a poet, painter and a playwright for more than half a century, has said that, in her plays, she seeks “innocence, tenderness, a sense of humor and a special kind of joy.” In “Mud,” a Fornes work from 1983 now in revival at Torn Space Theater, those laudable qualities are in short supply.Fornes, a prolific, absurdis…

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The full moon a couple of weeks ago was a sight to see, her glow more impressive than normal, her size unmistakable. You couldn’t escape her shadow. It’s hard to deny the enticing mythology inherent in a sky that bright, the poetry of which imbues Richard Lambert’s trilogy-completing romance, “Buffalo Moon.”But in its recent world premier…

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If you gave “Looney Toons” director Tex Avery and camp theater master Charles Busch a couple of martinis and access to your nearest children’s storybook, you might wind up with something like Theatre of Youth’s thoroughly zany production of “Robin Hood,” which opened Friday on the Allendale Theatre stage.Under the direction of comic mastermind Chris Kelly in his very welco…

AUDITIONAuditions for the 2014-15 Jewish Repertory Theatre season will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 6 in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville). Actors should bring a head shot and résumé, and prepare a 2-minute contemporary monologue and one joke. Call 204-2084 for information and appointment....CALLS FOR WORKThe Samuel P. Capen Garden …

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The full moon a couple of weeks ago was a sight to see, her glow more impressive than normal, her size unmistakable. You couldn’t escape her shadow. It’s hard to deny the enticing mythology inherent in a sky that bright, the poetry of which imbues Richard Lambert’s trilogy-completing romance, “Buffalo Moon.”But in its recent world premiere, the play fails to capture the bl…

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If you gave “Looney Toons” director Tex Avery and camp theater master Charles Busch a couple of martinis and access to your nearest children’s storybook, you might wind up with something like Theatre of Youth’s thoroughly zany production of “Robin Hood,” which opened Friday on the Allendale Theatre stage.Under the direction of comi…

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Over the past five years, life has handed Lorna Hill grief upon grief.In 2009, the veteran Buffalo actor and stalwart leader of the Ujima Theatre Collective lost her 7-year-old grandson Asa to a car accident. Soon after, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she battled with the same fierce determination that has kept her small theater company running since 1978.And …

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Over the past five years, life has handed Lorna Hill grief upon grief.In 2009, the veteran Buffalo actor and stalwart leader of the Ujima Theatre Collective lost her 7-year-old grandson Asa to a car accident. Soon after, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she battled with the same fierce determination that has kept her small theater company running since 1978.And …

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“Once” was enough.That was my first thought after viewing the acclaimed Irish film about two unlikely musical collaborators in hardscrabble Dublin. It struck me as discount mumblecore with a brogue, an impossibly twee story overstuffed with choreographed moments of preciousness.So it was with some trepidation that I walked into Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Tuesday nigh…