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Oh, Canada! How many times, on our 100 Things journey, have we toasted our friendship with you? At KeyBank Center, we braved the raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. We explored Toronto and Crystal Beach, Ont. And on the Miss Buffalo, we gazed up at the Peace Bridge, the stately symbol of peace between our two nations. Today we …

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It's been a strong year for theater in Western New York. From small community productions with national implications to keenly executed comedies on Buffalo's most elite stages, theatergoers had their pick from the regional theater community's yearly embarrassment of riches -- which seems to grow richer every year. Of the dozens of productions I saw this year, the fo…

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Every year, Buffalo complains about our long winters. Yet every year, we can’t wait to show summer the door. “But I’m still here,” summer protests. “What are you doing with those jeans and boots? And what is with the pumpkin latte? There’s still yummy strawberry ice cream at Anderson’s!” “Summer, get out. Your time is up. It’s fall.” “Is not.”…

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The search for the Shaw Festival's new artistic director is over. Tim Carroll, a British theater and opera director best known for his boundary -breaking productions of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and "Richard III" on London's West End and on Broadway, will succeed longtime artistic director Jackie Maxwell on Dec. 1, 2016. Carroll's appointment comes after a yearlong…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – Canadian director Peter Hinton, whose retina-burning productions of “Cabaret” and “Lady Windemere’s Fan” at the Shaw Festival in recent seasons have raised the institution’s already sky-high bar for visual allure, has been let loose on George Bernard Shaw’s most popular play, “Pygmalion.”This is risky business for the Shaw Fe…

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Deranged pirates. Young lovers. Big spenders. You'll find all these seemingly disparate characters and many more at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., now  well into its 53rd season. All 10 productions, from well-worn classics like George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" to jarring contemporary shows like Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" and Tony Kushne…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – More money, more problems. More independence, more happiness.At least that’s the way it went for Kate (Moya O’Connell), the charming if smarmy main character in J.M. Barrie’s “The Twelve-Pound Look,” a seemingly weightless one-act in the Court House Theatre that sent the chattering crowd out into the drizzle with huge grins on their …

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The Thursday Theater Roundup features current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: "Romeo and Juliet," through July 11 in Delaware Park in a Shakespeare in Delaware Park production. ★★★ At the Shaw Festival "Peter and the Starcatcher," through Nov. 1 in the Royal George Theatre. ★★★★ "You Never Ca…

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The Thursday Theater Roundup features productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime," through June 28 in an Irish Classical Theatre Company production in the Andrews Theatre. ★★★ At the Shaw Festival: "Peter and the Starcatcher," through Nov. 1 in the Royal George Theatre. …

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The Thursday Theater Roundup features productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime," through June 28 in an Irish Classical Theatre Company production in the Andrews Theatre. ★★★ At the Shaw Festival: "Peter and the Starcatcher," through Nov. 1 in the Royal George Theatre. ★★★★…

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – The opening scene of the Shaw Festival’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea,” now in the Court House Theatre, is a thing of terrifying beauty.As the lights go up on an enormous rock formation at the center of the stage, a naked form pulls herself up from the water with noticeable effort. The distorted drone of Asessand…

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Every summer, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., takes another tentative step away from the work of George Bernard Shaw, the prolific Irish playwright, thinker and provocateur whose imposing bronze statue seems to glower at theatergoers as they shuffle past its Queen Street pedestal. § But intellectually, as new plays by the likes of Tony Kushner, Caryl Chu…

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The Wednesday Theater Roundup features currently running productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: At the Shaw Festival: "Juno and the Paycock," through Oct. 12 in the Royal George Theatre. ✮✮✮✮ "The Mountaintop," through Sept. 7 in the Studio Theatre. ✮✮✮✮ "The Philanderer," through Oct. 12 in the Fes…

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As the Shaw Festival’s current season enters its final months, the repertory company in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., has nailed down plans for next summer that include productions of the musical “Sweet Charity” and the popular George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion.” Morris Panych, who directed this summer’s thoroughly wacky production of “Arms and the Man” on …

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In late July, “This American Life” host Ira Glass watched a production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” starring John Lithgow in the title role and declared in a pair of tweets that the playwright’s work is “not good,” “not relatable” and “sucks.” The tiny corner of the Internet that pays attention to these things erupted on cue with a series of recrim…