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Taylor Doherty can pinpoint the precise moment he fell in love with the stage.It was during a 1985 production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at the former Studio Arena Theatre, when Doherty was a teenager. As he sat near the back-right corner of the theater with his family and Williams’ words washed over him, a spotlight clicked on in his brain.“I could feel …

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Taylor Doherty can pinpoint the precise moment he fell in love with the stage.It was during a 1985 production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at the former Studio Arena Theatre, when Doherty was a teenager. As he sat near the back-right corner of the theater with his family and Williams’ words washed over him, a spotlight clicked on in his brain.“I could feel …

Buffalo

It’s only natural for parents who love mysteries – from the exploits of Sherlock Holmes to the more grisly stories of “Law and Order: SVU” or “CSI: Miami” – to want to share that love with their kids. But it wouldn’t exactly be responsible to expose impressionable young minds to the unseemly content that increasingly airs on prime-time TV. What to do? Nancy Drew.The Theatr…

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The work of Neil LaBute, the infamously irascible playwright whose work seems explicitly designed to polarize audiences, hasn’t been seen a lot in these parts. But it seems local audiences, or at least theater companies, are coming around to his brash style.His “In a Dark Dark House” kicked off the New Phoenix Theatre season in 2010. His 2001 play “The Shape of Things was …

Buffalo

For most Americans, Martin Luther King Jr. is a saintly abstraction.But truth of the civil rights icon’s later life is considerably more prickly than the pristine picture of him that exists in the popular imagination. The complex politics and personal struggles of King’s late-life advocacy come into sharper focus in “The Mountaintop,” a one-act play by Katori Hall that has…

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Mark Witteveen is already an acclaimed moviemaker, short subjects for the most part, but his full-length “The Soldiers of Breakfast” has earned him much praise.He also writes for the stage, and many of his plays have gained honors at theater festivals and competitions across the nation, including Scott Behrend and Jon Elston’s always inventive, 10-year-old acting ensemble,…

Buffalo

It’s only natural for parents who love mysteries – from the exploits of Sherlock Holmes to the more grisly stories of “Law and Order: SVU” or “CSI: Miami” – to want to share that love with their kids. But it wouldn’t exactly be responsible to expose impressionable young minds to the unseemly content that increasingly airs on prime-time TV. What to do? Nancy Drew.The Theatr…

Buffalo

The work of Neil LaBute, the infamously irascible playwright whose work seems explicitly designed to polarize audiences, hasn’t been seen a lot in these parts. But it seems local audiences, or at least theater companies, are coming around to his brash style.His “In a Dark Dark House” kicked off the New Phoenix Theatre season in 2010. His 2001 play “The Shape of Things was …

Buffalo

For most Americans, Martin Luther King Jr. is a saintly abstraction.But truth of the civil rights icon’s later life is considerably more prickly than the pristine picture of him that exists in the popular imagination. The complex politics and personal struggles of King’s late-life advocacy come into sharper focus in “The Mountaintop,” a one-act play by Katori Hall that has…

Theater

Mark Witteveen is already an acclaimed moviemaker, short subjects for the most part, but his full-length “The Soldiers of Breakfast” has earned him much praise.He also writes for the stage, and many of his plays have gained honors at theater festivals and competitions across the nation, including Scott Behrend and Jon Elston’s always inventive, 10-year-old acting ensemble,…

Buffalo

In his new play “Very Fine Use of a Grenade,” opening Friday in the Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St.), local writer Mark Witteveen leaves traditional narrative structure behind in favor of a more adventurous approach. The complex story at the heart of the play – involving a mysteriously linked couple, an intense criminal interrogation, a burst of violence and an il…

“Two by Two,” a silly but tuneful take on the biblical tale of Noah and the ark, opened on Broadway to mixed reviews in 1970, lasted for 10 months, then drifted into what theater historians call “neglected” status. The show had great pedigree: The librettist was the revered Peter Stone (“1776,” “Woman of the Year”) and Martin Charnin (“Annie”) was the lyricist, partnering …

Buffalo

In his new play “Very Fine Use of a Grenade,” opening Friday in the Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St.), local writer Mark Witteveen leaves traditional narrative structure behind in favor of a more adventurous approach. The complex story at the heart of the play – involving a mysteriously linked couple, an intense criminal interrogation, a burst of violence and an il…

“Two by Two,” a silly but tuneful take on the biblical tale of Noah and the ark, opened on Broadway to mixed reviews in 1970, lasted for 10 months, then drifted into what theater historians call “neglected” status. The show had great pedigree: The librettist was the revered Peter Stone (“1776,” “Woman of the Year”) and Martin Charnin (“Annie”) was the lyricist, partnering …

Buffalo

The “Real Housewives” of Bravo have nothing on the women of Oscar Wilde’s merciless comedy “A Woman of No Importance,” who are now prowling and bumbling across the Andrews Theatre stage in a masterful Irish Classical Theatre Company production.Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise, as countless dutiful husbands and boyfriends have been forced to observe, offers a vapid and soull…