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Early one morning in 1992, while working as news anchor and reporter for a television station in Huntsville, Ala., Harold Fisher was roused from his sleep by a remarkable dream.He sat bolt upright in bed and went straight for his pen and a yellow legal pad, where he scribbled down his memories of the dream on the floor of his sparsely furnished apartment before they had a …

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Peter Hinton’s lush, cinematic and visually intoxicating production of Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windemere’s Fan,” running through Oct. 19 on the Festival Theatre stage, is sure to be remembered as one more beautiful feather in the Shaw Festival’s already crowded cap.In this production, Wilde’s classic tale of marital strife and dissatisfaction among the hypocritic…

What a rug!That’s one observation you will probably exclaim as you enjoy Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” being performed by Nickel City Opera this weekend.Without giving everything away, the rug on the floor of the grand set – a 1920s mansion – is priceless. So is the rug that sits on, and often flies off of, the head of Valerian Ruminski, who stars as the …

The Chautauqua Theater Company is gearing up for what may turn out to be the most ambitious season in its 30-year history.The centerpiece of the company’s 30th summer session, slated for July 27, is a massive co-production called “The Romeo and Juliet Project,” featuring 92 onstage performers and a 74-piece orchestra in the Chautauqua Institution’s amphitheater. Th…

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Over the last five years, opera companies across the country have seen more ups and downs than a Rossini aria. But in Buffalo, Nickel City Opera is celebrating five years of high notes.Its fifth annual production, this weekend at North Tonawanda’s Riviera Theatre, is the comedy “Don Pasquale” by Italian bel canto composer Gaetano Donizetti. Valerian Ruminski, the bar…

A master class in the ways of creativity sprung forth from MusicalFare’s 24-hour musical festival, held at the 710 Main Theatre this weekend.The most obvious lesson was the fact that it’s hard to make a musical. And it’s not about the legendary backstage drama, the sparring producers and directors or the vicious stars and their understudies. It’s about creation. Wr…

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There is no one right way to play Hamlet, the woebegone Danish prince whose well-laid plans for revenge culminate in one of the biggest bloodbaths in dramatic history.He can be credibly played as an immature and tortured man stuck in a post-adolescent funk. He can just as easily seem a few lines short of a full soliloquy, a guy whose nature or circumstance has caused him t…

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Last summer, MusicalFare Theatre had the honor of producing the first show in the 710 Main Theatre (formerly Studio Arena) with its inaugural 24-hour musical festival. The event, in which four teams of writers, composers and actors dashed off mini-musicals based on photographs of scenes from across Western New York, was a marked success.The second version of the event, cal…

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Hamlet (Shaun Sheley): Our 30-year-old protagonist, the grief-afflicted prince of Denmark, is hung up on the recent death of his father and the almost instant ascent of his uncle, Claudius, to the throne. Also less than cool in Hamlet’s eyes is the fact that his mother, Gertrude, was all too willing to marry his scheming uncle practically before her former husband’s bo…

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The summer run of “Auditorium Restoration 3” opened Thursday at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, with a tangle of metal scaffolding rising from the stage, 60 feet in the air, to the edge of the balcony.The $500,000 project to restore the ornate theater’s proscenium arch, high walls and ceiling area near the stage is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, one week befo…

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During Saul Elkin’s first attempt to bring “Hamlet” to life on the Shakespeare in Delaware Park stage in 1977, the young director made some bold and bizarre choices.He inserted a snooping Hamlet, disguised as a Puerto Rican janitor, into a scene in which the scheming King Claudius enlists two of the young prince’s college buddies to spy on him. When the time came f…

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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 …

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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…