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Theater Review"Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas" ****Many an old burlesque show began with this advice to the audience from a baggy-pants comedian: "You might as well enjoy yourself. Your reputation is shot anyway for being here."Burlesque and two-shows-a-day vaudeville spawned legions of singers and strippers, cuties and comics -- nearly all of them traveling …

REVIEW ****WHAT: Ujima Theatre Company's "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death"WHEN: Continues through Nov. 7 WHERE: TheatreLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave. TICKETS: $16 to $22 INFO: 883-0380 When Melvin Van Peebles' episodic musical about life in a black ghetto, "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death," finally closed in mid-1972 after a respectable and unexpected Br…

Theater review"2 By Two: An Evening of Miller and Sondheim" ***Two one-act productions by Arthur Miller and Stephen Sondheim, directed by Sheila McCarthy for the Gerald Fried Theatre Company & MusicalFare Theatre. With Emanuel Fried, Rosalind Cramer, Leah Russo and Adam Zelasko.Continues through Saturday in MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst. 839-8540. Playwrig…

Well, what goes around, comes around.In 1943, America was at war on two faraway fronts with an end to hostilities still two years away. Good news was scarce. It took the opening of a buoyant Broadway musical, "Oklahoma!" -- Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's reworking of a dark folk tale by Lynn Riggs, "Green Grow the Lilacs" -- to temporarily offer the nation sunn…

PREVIEWWHAT: "Nurse!"WHEN: 7 p.m. Mondays through June 14 (and June 6 and 13)WHERE: O'Connell & Company, Cabaret in the Square, 4476 Main St., AmherstTICKETS: $15INFO: 839-3949 Duty calls.To nurses, the above motto isn't just a battle cry. It's a lifestyle.Actress-playwright Lisa Hayes has played nurses on several television soaps but admits that she actually knew littl…

REVIEW"Moby Dick! The Musical"Rating: ***Adaptation of the Herman Melville novel.Directed by Mary Kate O'Connell; with Stephanie Bax, Susana Breese, Guy Tomasi, Tim Newell and others.O'Connell & Company, 4476 Main St. Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., through May 29. Call 839-3949. Matey, if it's silly that you seek, get thee to "Moby Dick! The…

REVIEW"Book of Days"Rating: ****Drama by Lanford Wilson; directed by David Lamb with Kristen Gasser, Tom La Chuisa, Paul Todaro, and Michael Karr.Thursdays to Sundays through May 30 at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. Playwright Lanford Wilson and the city of Buffalo go back many years.In 1970, Wilson was in town for the premiere performance of his latest play, "Le…

The story goes that Sir Noel Coward's play "Private Lives" -- a work deemed "a flimsy trifle" when it bowed -- has never been out of production since its first performances in 1930.The Irish Classical Theatre Company, doing its part to keep the streak intact, has just opened a version of the witty and warring marital adventures of a quartet of people he most likely despise…

REVIEW"Passion"Rating: ****Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine one-act chamber opera, directed by Tim Newell for O'Connell & Company.Cabaret in the Square Theatre, 4476 Main St, Snyder; 839-3949; Thursday to Sunday, through April 18. Many years ago, theater legend Arthur Laurents said that "Stephen Sondheim is the best Broadway lyricist, past or present. Steve is the only lyr…

REVIEWWHAT: "Buffalo Quickies," 13th annual festival of one-act plays, skits and sketches directed by Joyce StilsonWHEN: Through April 4WHERE: Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up AlleyTICKETS: $10 to $20INFO: 852-2600 Every year about this time, Neal Radice's Alleyway Theatre produces an evening of one-act plays, skits and sketches titled "Buffalo Quickies." These short piec…

REVIEW"Holes"Rating: *** 1/2 Stage adaptation of book by Louis Sachar.Presented by Theater of Youth.Continues through March 23 in Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. 884-4400. Stanley Yelnats IV, the unlikely teenage hero of Louis Sachar's play, "Holes," is convinced that his family is cursed.It all began a century ago, to hear Stanley tell it, with his no-good-dirty-rotte…

TAGGED Review: 2 1/2 stars out of 4...First, the good news.Neal Radice's Alleyway Theatre is back with another opening, another show, a "world premiere" again, a new play by Montreal native Chantal Bilodeau."Tagged" is its title, and it's a wild and unpredictable sex comedy set in some future time directed crisply and quickly by Ellen Opiela. The piece is acted out b…

REVIEW"The Sad Sacks are Back"Rating: ***Original musical presented by O'Connell & Company.Continues through Feb. 14 in Cabaret in the Square Theatre, 4476 Main St., Amherst; 839-3949. Is Mary Kate O'Connell's Cabaret in the Square really open 2 4/7 ? Sometimes it seems that way.For example, the long-running, New York City-bound paean to Everywoman "Diva by Diva" contin…

REVIEW"Christmas Is Comin' Uptown"Rating: ***Musical loosely based on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with Waymon Bowick, Harold Luther White, Don Allen Hunley, Kerry kate Abel, Charles Everhart Sr.Directed by Reginald Kelly for the Paul Robeson Theatre.Continues through Dec. 14 in the African-American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. 884-2013. John G. Norcross, an expert …

REVIEW"The Fantasticks"Rating: ***Starring Susana Breese, Matthew Mooney and Richard Fanning; directed by Lynette Haley for Playhouse Theatricals.Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. through Dec. 21.Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley. 852-2600. There's a new kid on Buffalo's Theater District block.Playhouse Theatricals, just now renti…