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Kenmore West High School will present "33 Variations" at 7:30 p.m. May 25-27 in the school auditorium, 33 Highland Parkway. "33 Variations," a play by Moises Kaufman, tells the story of two people 200 years apart - one a fatally ill Beethoven scholar coming to terms with her daughter, the other a composer coming to terms with his genius. One is in present-day New York, …

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NORTH TONAWANDA - The Starry Night Theatre will present its 30th anniversary production of "A Christmas Carol," adapted and directed by L. Don Swartz, beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 18. The show will be staged at   Ghostlight Theater, 174 Schneck St.  This year's production features a new set and minor  changes, making this ye…

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If you want to understand why theater exists, see Road Less Traveled's current production of "True West." Tight, brutal, comic and exhausting, it is one of the best plays Sam Shepard ever wrote and, under the direction of Scott Behrend, this Buffalo cast doesn't let Shepard down. The electricity starts flowing with the opening scene, a current alternating between the …

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There are a few definitive signs of autumn in Western New York: Elaborate displays of gourds appear in the Wegmans produce section. Tim Hortons starts selling pumpkin spice everything. And the theater scene goes absolutely crazy. For evidence of the annual frenzy -- laid out in our new interactive theater listings -- look no further than the Theatre District on Sep…

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The life and times of former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello will take center stage in the Road Less Traveled Theater on June 4 as the company presents a one-night fundraiser honoring the local politician. The event is the first in a new annual series for Road Less Traveled called "Buffalo Stories," which will spotlight a well-known Buffalonian every year. Tickets are $20…

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Torn Space Theater, the Buffalo company known for its ambitious theater projects in disused spaces throughout the city, announced plans Thursday for an experimental theater festival in August, 2016. The centerpiece of the festival, timed to coincide with Torn Space's own summerly site-specific theater piece, will be a short run of "My Voice Has an Echo In It," an immer…

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Dads have it tough. Consider the story of Joseph of Bethlehem, who not only bore the heavy duty of raising the son of God -- I mean, no pressure -- but also spiriting him and his wife away from a violent campaign of widespread infanticide launched by the evil King Herod. St. Joe was a smooth operator and had it all under control though, and his story is the inspira…

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April 25, 1963, to Dec. 3, 2015Michael Hake provided the beat and the backbone for hundreds of musical theater productions, concerts and events during his long career. And Wednesday night was no different, as he performed in MusicalFare Theatre’s production of “Pageant.” But it was his last performance as one of the busiest and most sought-after Buffalo music directo…

The Thursday Theater Roundup is a weekly list of current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you need help deciding, scroll down to the end of this post, where you'll find a quiz and flow chart designed to help you find the theater that best matches your interests. Here are this week's picks: "Joe Hill's Last Will," through Nov. 28 in…

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The Thursday Theater Roundup is a weekly list of current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you need help deciding, check out the end of this post, where you'll find a quiz and flow chart designed to help you find the theater that best matches your interests. Here are this week's picks: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," through Sunday …

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Just because same-sex marriage is legal doesn’t make it compulsory.Longtime gay couples have had to explain this at countless cocktail parties and casual events, where in the wake of June’s landmark Supreme Court decision on the issue, some version of this question inevitably arises: “So, when are you tying the knot?”For the main characters in Michael McKeever’s …

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Another Halloween season is upon us, and so, another attempt at scaring the flipping wits out of each other.Theatre of Youth does a swell job with its season opener, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The show haunts, chills and places general fear in anyone who dares walk alone at night.The single-act drama, directed by company leader Meg Quinn, is taken, of course, from …

In the history of world literature and theater, the dour, dark Swede, August Strindberg, is a giant. His body of work is voluminous: moralities, fantasies, psychological studies, spiritual musings, allegories, satire, wanderings into the occult.His 19th century plays, from his “naturalistic” period – “The Father,” “The Stronger” – as well as 1888’s “Mis…

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There’s nothing quite like acting out a death scene to make you feel alive.That’s at least part of the motivation behind “The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman,” a one-woman show based on the final days of the famed 19th century actress whose battle with breast cancer sent her into a frenzy of farewell performances.The local premiere of Carolyn Gage’s play, produ…

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Like the newsies who hawked broadsheets on the sidewalks of New York City for a penny apiece in 1899, Disney’s “Newsies” knows exactly what’s expected of it.Here’s what it’s got to sell: A group of scrappy boys in jaunty caps and tailored vests with can-do attitudes and Brooklynesque accents who can tap dance and back-flip their way directly into your heart.On …