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Born in Buffalo in 1905, Harold Arlen never grows old. Celebrate his songs at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, when the Theatre of Youth (203 Allen St. in the historic Allendale Theater), plays host to an Arlen tribute featuring the Buffalo Jazz Collective. In an afternoon of singing, moving and learning, you'll enjoy "Over the Rainbow," "I've Got the World on a String," "Come Rain or Come …

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"New Kid," opening at the Theatre of Youth, wants to show us the immigration experience from the inside out. And so the play throws us a twist. Only Nick, the "new kid" -- who comes from an undisclosed country just called "Homeland" -- speaks in intelligible English. The people who surround him in his new land all speak what sounds like gibberish. The play is especiall…

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Theatre of Youth likes to say that it speaks to children about their "wonders and their worries," Artistic Director Meg Quinn says. The latter will be on the minds of their audiences in coming weeks as TOY presents "New Kid," a nearly hourlong play in which a mother and child from a different country, who speak a different language, come to America to start a new life. …

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It's been a bad week for Buffalo's theater community. On Wednesday, longtime music director Michael Hake had died at the age of 52. And earlier this week, news of Theatre of Youth set and costume designer Ken Shaw's fight with lymphoma started trickling out. It's in moments like this when the phrase "theater community" takes on its true meaning. Case in point: Theatre o…

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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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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 Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman," through…

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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 …

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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: "Talley's Folley," through June 7 in a Red Thread Theatre production in the Marie Maday Theatre at Canisius College. ★★★ "House at Pooh Corner," through June 7 in a Theatre of Youth production in the Allendale Theatre. ★★…

Full disclosure: “The BFG” is my favorite book. Of all time. It was my first favorite book, and its author, Roald Dahl, was my first favorite author. It was in the third grade, the age when books begin to speak to you, when they reach in, whisper something you’ve always wondered about life but didn’t have the words to express it. It’s when stories find you; it fo…

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The Theatre of Youth has made a point of breaking tradition in its seasonal slot, with shows both comedic and magical, warm and a little bit mischievous. This isn’t your grandparents’ holiday fare. With Charles Way’s “The Night Before Christmas,” the American premiere of which took place last weekend to a captive, believing audience of well-dressed boys and girl…

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For Theatre of Youth Artistic Director Meg Quinn and her team of dedicated designers, every production poses its own series of head-scratching challenges.For instance: How to go about converting the stage of the Allendale Theatre into an ice rink?That was the central issue in the theater’s production of “The Night Before Christmas,” a British play set …

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Theodore Geisel was a masterful storyteller and though Dr. Seuss put down his pen years ago, his timeless messages live on thanks to the musical “Seussical,” adapted for the stage. Theatre of Youth launched its 2014-15 season with “Seussical” in the historic Allendale Theatre. The play is adapted primarily from three of Dr. Seuss’ more famous tales (“Horton H…

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At a children’s theater festival in Seattle in the late ’90s, Theatre of Youth director Meg Quinn had an experience that’s lingered in her mind ever since. A Swedish theater troupe, in town to perform for very young children, put on a simple production about a man and his dog. The show had almost no dialogue, relying instead on sounds, images and one-on-one interact…

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For this week’s #Throwback Theater Thursday post, we look back at Theatre of Youth’s 2001 production of “Still Life With Iris.” If you have any suggestions for future #TBT posts, email them to me or leave a comment at the bottom of the post. Here’s Patricia Donovan’s rave review of the show, which starred Jamie Devinoff and feature…