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Ted Hadley


Local playwright Karen White-Walker is not one to take no for an answer.Back in the mid-1980s, White-Walker took a creative writing course at the University at Buffalo, impressed everyone with her writing style -- a combination of bite and breeze -- and took the advice of a classmate: "You ought to write a play someday."Now, eight plays later -- most of those having been s…

REVIEW"Holiday Heart"Rating: ***Drama by Cheryl L. West.Starring Kinzy Brown, Liyah Blazer and Lydia Baines Al-Amin. Directed by Paulette D. Harris.Fridays, Saturday and Sundays through Dec. 8 in Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave. It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time when Western New York theatrical companies brush off Charles Dickens,…

REVIEW"Side Man"Rating: ***Drama by Warren Leight about jazz musicians.Directed by Tom Makar for Ujima Theatre Company.Wednesdays through Sundays through Dec. 1 in TheatreLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave. "Side Man" is playwright Warren Leight's acclaimed sad tribute to jazz musicians, particularly those he calls "endangered species," the back-up guys, the invaluable horn and reed…

Another opening, another show.Actually, another world premiere -- Larry Gray's "Mother Ginger" at Alleyway Theatre, certainly not an unusual event at Neal Radice's always-busy and very often inventive acting company.Alleyway specializes in original stage works, after all. Impresario Radice is not shy about offering his hall as a forum for fledgling writers.Larry Gray is no…

Ah, that old devil memory. Who can trust it?"Everybody's Ruby," a work of historical fiction by Thulani Davis, is a story of recollective fragments -- dozens of them, some clear, many hazy -- of terrible times in the early 1950s Jim Crow town of Live Oak, Fla. It is a place where one native son observes, there are two kinds of people: "Those that call the shots and those j…

REVIEW"Lullaby of Broadway"Rating: ***Show-tune revue collaboration by Rochester's Downstairs Cabaret Theatre and Shea's Performing Arts Center.Starring Jocelyn Adams, Jay Falzone, Robert Harris and Aubry Ludington. Directed by Jay Falzone.Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 3 in the Smith Theatre, 660 Main St. "Come on along and listen to "The Lullaby of Broadway,' …

The Alleyway Theatre's penchant for "the best plays you've never seen," as the sign on its entrance states, began some 20 years ago with the late Maxim Mazumdar, an actor and wannabe playwright from Newfoundland, of all places.Mazumdar convinced Alleyway impresario Neal Radice to provide a forum for new writers -- a not totally altruistic plan because Max had a suitcase fu…

ReviewEndgameRating: *** 1/2 Dark comic allegory by Samuel Beckett.Directed by John Dalingwater.Through Sept. 8 in Gypsy Theatre, 465 Central Ave., Fort Erie, Ont., (905) 871-4407. Alan Schneider, a film and stage director of some repute, also made a career of producing the plays of absurdist theater patron saint Samuel Beckett. "Beckett's words," he once said, "stay in…

Upstairs over a gay watering hole called Roxy's Green Room may seem like an unlikely place to hear the Good News from The Gospel of St. Matthew.But isn't that the whole idea behind Stephen Schwartz and John Michael Tebelak's ageless and musically vernacular "Godspell," the happily irreverent version of those parables and homilies by Jesus, whose teachings often appear in t…

Brother Augustine Towey, the skilled and savvy director of well over 100 plays at various venues around Western New York in a 30-year career, on his latest venture, "Copacabana," the splashy and rambunctious musical comedy inspired by Barry Manilow's 1978 Grammy-award winning song of the same title: "If you like Barry Manilow, you'll like this show," says Bro.Well, that's …

"The Comedy of Errors," which some say is Shakespeare's first play, is a remarkably complete work: short, with the story taking place over the course of a single day; action galore; characters aplenty; and nicely crafted.The play, borrowed from the work of the Roman comic dramatist Plautus, the Neil Simon of his day, does not seem to have come from the pen of a fledgling p…

Javier Bustillos, artistic director for Buffalo United Artists, is an inveterate seeker of plays for his busy acting space -- one seldom idle -- and when he finds a work he deems BUA-worthy, he is relentless in obtaining performance rights.In out-of-the-way theaters, lofts and basements, Bustillos finds such plays, ponders the casting possibilities and begins to hit phones…

I've been told often over the years that raising one's voice in song at church is like praying twice.If this is true, then the praise reaching God's ears is in double digits in the Paul Robeson Theatre's latest production, Nannie Helen Burrough's gospel-singin', hand-clappin' musical "On Their Way to the Slabtown District Convention."The premise is this: Annually, a local …

REVIEWThe Happy Time1968 Kander and Ebb musical, directed by Brother Augustine ToweyPerformances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday in the Leary Theatre, Niagara University.Admission is $15. Call 286-8622 or 852-5000 Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, near half-century partners in the creation of Broadway showtunes, have lofty standing among their so…