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At the end of September in 1992, the performance artist Karen Finley arrived in Buffalo in a state of grief and anger.It was a decade into the HIV/AIDS crisis, which had claimed nearly 200,000 American lives including many of Finley’s friends, and two years after her involvement in a painful national controversy over government censorship.For an installation in Hallwalls…

NEW YORK – “There.”“Do you hear it?”At the beginning, there is only the voice of Jeremy Irons. Then, the sound of strings: high, sparkling filaments of sound that dance around the narrator’s voice like dust particles catching the light.There is a whispering of wings in the silence of the night.They’re coming. With feathers as white as snow and faces as bright…

At the heart of “Always October,” a new play by local writers with disabilities opening tonight in Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley) as part of a fundraiser for the Parent Network of WNY, is a story that has likely never been told on stage.It centers on two adults with disabilities in a relationship caught up in a debate about whether one of them should move into a…

At the heart of “Always October,” a new play by local writers with disabilities opening tonight in Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley) as part of a fundraiser for the Parent Network of WNY, is a story that has likely never been told on stage.It centers on two adults with disabilities in a relationship caught up in a debate about whether one of them should move into a…

In 2007, when Peter Michael Marino’s musical adaptation of the 1984 film “Desperately Seeking Susan” flopped on London’s West End and lost more than $7 million, he thought about packing it in.“It was pretty traumatic,” said Marino, a SUNY Buffalo State graduate, in a phone interview from his home in New York City. “I had a good long year of complete depressio…

Once upon a time in New York, Hollywood and Broadway got together over a few drinks. Overtures were made. More drinks were poured. One thing led to another. And a few years later, out popped “Ghost the Musical,” an ill-conceived piece of theater stuck in a public identity crisis over which of its profit-mongering parents to emulate. A touring version of the show, …

Once upon a time in New York, Hollywood and Broadway got together over a few drinks.Overtures were made. More drinks were poured. One thing led to another.And a few years later, out popped “Ghost the Musical,” an ill-conceived piece of theater stuck in a public identity crisis over which of its profit-mongering parents to emulate.A touring version of the show, looking …

NEW YORK – Two Broadway shows with very different audiences broke box office records last week – the kid-friendly “Matilda, the Musical” and the very adult revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.”Data released Tuesday from the Broadway League shows that the sold-out revival of the Pinter play starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz took in $1.11 million over sev…

710 Main Theatre. “I Love Lucy.” Ends today. Show times: 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. 710 Main St. www.sheas.org/710Main. $37.50-$47.50 (Shea’s box office, Ticketmaster.com).GHOSTLIGHT THEATRE. “Deep End of the Dark.” Through Oct. 27. Show times: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. 743-1614. www.starrynighttheatre.com. $14 general, $12 students…

Late one September evening in 2006, a pair of producers visited the screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin at his house in the Hudson Valley to sell him on the idea of turning his hit film “Ghost” into a Broadway musical.As a seasoned screenwriter, he’d been through the drill before.“The movie was successful, leave it at that,” Rubin said of his defiant position against t…

Viewers who go into “Romeo & Juliet” cold may be forgiven for coming away thinking Shakespeare was a really lousy writer. After all, this latest screen version has lines that go thud every minute, such as “We shall take action when we may and strike while the iron is hot!” Or this novel gem: “The best intentions pave the way to hell.” But Shakespeare didn’t w…

During the busy pre-Easter season at the Broadway Market earlier this year, playwright Steve Roylance and his assistants set up shop in the bustling local landmark and conducted taped interviews with more than 100 visitors.Roylance boiled down the oral histories of that large and colorful cast of characters into a 30-minute play, “The Kielbasa Diaries: The Butter Lamb Li…

The young and plucky arts collective Sugar City emerged from the underground in 2009 to become one of the city’s most active and interesting producers of art and music events. On Saturday, the collective will return to the subterranean realm – if only temporarily – by producing a one-night art ride along Buffalo’s Metro Rail.“Ride the Metro Round and Round” is …

The cardboard box containing stacked reels of 35 millimeter nitrate film, coiled inside tin cans, sat undisturbed for decades in an Italian warehouse.Luckily, whoever it was that chanced upon the unmarked contents at the shipping company, in the port city of Pordenone, had the good sense to notify Culturalzero, which screens classic films. After identifying the aging film …

Yes, Andrew Jackson was a revolutionary leader. He formed the Democratic Party, was the first of his kind to be elected president, and stood up for the minority. He wanted the right things for some of the right reasons, but did wrong things to get there.Politicians, you know.But consider our seventh president as a whiny punk, who cuts his arms to shed actualized pain, who …