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It’s a rare playwright who can follow a formula without seeming to be formulaic.That is the gift of David Auburn, whose 2000 play “Proof” serves as a beautiful permutation on one of the archetypal stories of contemporary American drama. In language both lyrical and visceral, it achieves an exquisite balance between raw emotion and searing intellect, between the beaut…

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It’s a rare playwright who can follow a formula without seeming to be formulaic.That is the gift of David Auburn, whose 2000 play “Proof” serves as a beautiful permutation on one of the archetypal stories of contemporary American drama. In language both lyrical and visceral, it achieves an exquisite balance between raw emotion and searing intellect, between the beaut…

LEWISTON – Niagara University Theatre’s annual “Short Play Festival,” scheduled Friday through next Sunday, will offer theatergoers a smorgasbord of genres, served up in quick, 10-minute bites.Two cycles of short plays written by various playwrights will be presented over the weekend. Fourteen debuting student directors will offer works ranging from “silly and hi…

LEWISTON – Niagara University Theatre’s annual “Short Play Festival,” scheduled Friday through next Sunday, will offer theatergoers a smorgasbord of genres, served up in quick, 10-minute bites.Two cycles of short plays written by various playwrights will be presented over the weekend. Fourteen debuting student directors will offer works ranging from “silly and hi…

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Norm Sham was never big on math.In high school, the Buffalo actor and director recalled in a recent phone interview, he got through math class by peering over the lowered shoulder of his best friend, who sat directly in front of him.“It was my worst, worst absolute subject,” Sham said. “I just never could wrap my brain around it.”So it doesn’t quite add up that S…

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Norm Sham was never big on math.In high school, the Buffalo actor and director recalled in a recent phone interview, he got through math class by peering over the lowered shoulder of his best friend, who sat directly in front of him.“It was my worst, worst absolute subject,” Sham said. “I just never could wrap my brain around it.”So it doesn’t quite add up that S…

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For an entire generation of young theatergoers, “Wicked” is the new gold standard – or make that the green standard – for musical theater success.When the power ballad-stuffed “Wizard of Oz” takeoff opened on Broadway in 2003, legions of teenage fans lined up outside the Gershwin Theatre for a chance to watch Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth belt out the show…

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For an entire generation of young theatergoers, “Wicked” is the new gold standard – or make that the green standard – for musical theater success.When the power ballad-stuffed “Wizard of Oz” takeoff opened on Broadway in 2003, legions of teenage fans lined up outside the Gershwin Theatre for a chance to watch Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth belt out the show…

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When Shea’s Performing Arts Center President Anthony Conte talks to patrons about which shows they would like him to bring to Shea’s, the answer is almost unanimous: “Wicked.” Those patrons will get their wish next Thursday, when a three-week run of the musical opens in the theater, the third visit from the lucrative mega-musical franchise since it first came cackl…

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It’s exciting to think of 2014 as one, big empty stage just waiting to be filled.In this list of five wishes, I’ll be taking on the role of casting director (actors across the region may now collectively recoil in horror) to do just that. Here are a few proposals, ranging from the idealistic to the totally outrageous, for the coming 12 months of theater in Western New …

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When Shea’s Performing Arts Center President Anthony Conte talks to patrons about which shows they would like him to bring to Shea’s, the answer is almost unanimous: “Wicked.” Those patrons will get their wish next Thursday, when a three-week run of the musical opens in the theater, the third visit from the lucrative mega-musical franchise since it first came cackl…

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It’s exciting to think of 2014 as one, big empty stage just waiting to be filled.In this list of five wishes, I’ll be taking on the role of casting director (actors across the region may now collectively recoil in horror) to do just that. Here are a few proposals, ranging from the idealistic to the totally outrageous, for the coming 12 months of theater in Western New …

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As creative ecologies go, few are more fascinating than Buffalo’s theater scene. Were Darwin alive today, he might be studying it.Over the past year, the region’s buzzing and highly Balkanized scene has continued to add new companies at a rate that belies the current atmosphere of tepid funding and population decline. This trend has resulted in breathless activity, giv…

As creative ecologies go, few are more fascinating than Buffalo’s theater scene. Were Darwin alive today, he might be studying it.Over the past year, the region’s buzzing and highly Balkanized scene has continued to add new companies at a rate that belies the current atmosphere of tepid funding and population decline. This trend has resulted in breathless activity, giv…