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Here are some things that you may not know about the Joe DiPietro–Jimmy Roberts perennially popular little musical about the mating game, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”: It’s the second longest running Off-Broadway show in history, playing for 12 years (1996-2008) with more than 5,000 performances. It played in nearby Rochester for seven years. Staged i…

IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY. “A Life.” Through June 30. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. 853-4282. www.irishclassical.com. $34-$42. ∆∆∆∆ (Ted Hadley)KALEIDOSCOPE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS. “Beckett Dances With Pinter.” Through Saturday. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. …

Every year, progressive playwrights from around the United States send their scripts to Kurt Schneiderman, founder of the Subversive Theatre Collective, in hopes of being included in the company’s annual “Subversive Shorts” program.The mini-festival of pint-sized plays, the first batch of which opened Thursday night in Subversive’s Manny Fried Playhouse, is spread …

Before penning the book and lyrics for the 2009 musical “Memphis” and the book for 2012’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” lyricist and playwright Joe DiPietro cut his teeth on the musical revue “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” The show, which opened in an off-Broadway theater to tepid reviews in 1996, ran for more than 5,000 performances before clos…

With its inaugural production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods,” which opened June 6 in the New Phoenix Theatre to an ecstatic crowd, the Second Generation Theatre has made an earth-shaking noise.Its version of Sondheim’s dark mutation of classic fairy-tale tropes, directed with keen attention to detail by Chris Kelly and performed by a phenomenal cast…

The Paul Robeson Theatre goes out on a limb in its latest production.“Sex’d,” a play written by, directed by and starring TaNisha Fordham sets out to discuss the challenges, contradictions and taboos of sexuality in ways the theater likely never has before.Artistic director Paulette Harris addressed this new venture in her opening remarks to the audience, speaking of…

During Tuesday night’s opening of “The Book of Mormon” in Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the expressions of feigned horror that appeared on some faces in the crowd during the first act quickly faded into stuck-on grins.There they remained, for the most part, through blasphemous songs about unspeakable acts, unholy references to unmentionable body parts, simulated a…

“Beckett Dances with Pinter.” Now there’s an intriguing marquee invitation.Until recently, any mention of Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter in the same breath would have been the stuff of folly.But times change. A season ago, KTP tackled Sam Sheppard’s intense, troubling and unhappy “True West.” Walls remained intact. No one die…

Top winners at the 2013 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, announced Sunday.Best Play: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”Best Musical: “Kinky Boots.”Best Book of a Musical: “Matilda the Musical.”Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: “Kinky Boots.”Best Revival of a Play: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”Best Revival…

Clarence High School graduate Pam MacKinnon walked away with her first Tony award on Sunday night for her direction of the 2012 Broadway revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”MacKinnon, who was up against heavyweight Broadway directors George C. Wolfe and Bartlett Sher and was nominated in the category for her second year in a row, credited her cast for the win…

Irish playwright John Keyes Byrne wrote under the nom de plume Hugh Leonard, but to family, friends and a select group of foes answered to plain old “Jack.” He died in 2009 at age 82 and left an astounding legacy: four dozen plays, screenplays, teleplays, lauded adaptations of the classics and hundreds of unpredictable but mostly acerbic, gleefully malicious newspaper …

Your grandmother knows more than you think. Of course, she’s skilled in all the typical forays of domesticity, of manners and pride, of decency and courtesy. But did you know – she also knows a thing or two in the bedroom?“50 Shades! The Musical” – the parody of E.L. James’s popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” books, now on stage through Sunday at the 710 Main T…

The coal miners of Northern England don't generally go in for emotional flights of fancy. For many residents of England's hardscrabble mining towns, where centuries of tough economic circumstances have forged a citizenry of hard-eyed realists, feelings are things to be bottled up rather than shared. When they make their way out, as in the rhythmic dance steps of miners …

It's a fact: Washing machines can be ornery and scary, churning monsters that eat socks and spew suds. They attack your best shirt. "Normal Wash?" Hah! No such thing. Ask Dad, 2-year old Trixie and a stuffed animal named Knuffle Bunny about the perils of what should have been a routine trip to the Laundromat. Bad, bad day. Somehow, Trixie's best friend and constant compa…