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On Monday, Academy Award-nominated actor Robert Forster will begin a weeklong residency at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and SUNY Buffalo State that will culminate with the debut of a one-man show about “an important American figure” he is contractually obligated not to mention.Seriously.“It’s not a secret, but it’s confidential,” the Rochester-born actor said in a phon…

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All sorts of fantastically despicable thoughts and motivations roil beneath the surface of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play “The Little Foxes,” a classic of American melodrama opening Friday in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.).The show, set in 1900 in the deepest part of the Deep South, is a de facto exploration of the many forms ruthless amb…

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All it takes is one bad seed.In Paul Zindel’s “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” that miscreant is mother Beatrice Hunsdorfer, a scornful woman ruined by an unwanted life and, in turn, resentful of her young daughters, Ruth and Tillie. She is a disaster waiting to un-happen.Loraine O’Donnell directs a nearly chilling production of Zindel’s 1964 play, …

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All sorts of fantastically despicable thoughts and motivations roil beneath the surface of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play “The Little Foxes,” a classic of American melodrama opening Friday in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.).The show, set in 1900 in the deepest part of the Deep South, is a de facto exploration of the many forms ruthless amb…

Amherst

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, …

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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 as the moonli…

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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 gro…

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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 gro…

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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 depression, like, ‘I’m …

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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, lookin…

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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 like…

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 seven performance…

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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 and senio…

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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 turning the…