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Ted Hadley


As is often the case, the ancient Greeks had a word for it.“Hamartia:” a character trait that inexorably leads a person to their downfall. A “tragic flaw.” Literature and the theater are full of examples, from Achilles to Hamlet and back.Joe Keller, the protagonist in the late Arthur Miller’s still impactful play, 1947’s “All My Sons,” could be the poster boy for hamartia.…

“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go,” wrote 19th-century poet Lydia Maria Child. Actually, the same route might take you to the Allendale Theatre. It’s not grandma’s. Close, though. It’s a safe haven and there are cookies.For there, right now and through the next two weekends, is a revival of “A Little House Christmas,” an adaptation of sever…

“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go,” wrote 19th-century poet Lydia Maria Child. Actually, the same route might take you to the Allendale Theatre. It’s not grandma’s. Close, though. It’s a safe haven and there are cookies.For there, right now and through the next two weekends, is a revival of “A Little House Christmas,” an adaptation of sever…

Well, the warm and fuzzy season is officially upon us.I know this because O’Connell & Company has opened its annual December paean to all things Christmas, the sounds, smells, sights, with this year’s stage confection, “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas.” Joey Bucheker directs a dutiful cast of five in this compilation by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell of excerpts from the sacc…

Well, the warm and fuzzy season is officially upon us.I know this because O’Connell & Company has opened its annual December paean to all things Christmas, the sounds, smells, sights, with this year’s stage confection, “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas.” Joey Bucheker directs a dutiful cast of five in this compilation by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell of excerpts from the sacc…

The works of the late Maxwell Anderson, one of America’s most prolific, and perhaps most underappreciated 20th century playwrights, are relatively unknown on Buffalo stages. That oversight has been happily remedied by the opening of one of Anderson’s best-known plays, 1933’s “Both Your Houses,” a Pulitzer Prize-winner, at the Kavinoky Theatre. It’s disturbingly topical, fu…

The works of the late Maxwell Anderson, one of America’s most prolific, and perhaps most underappreciated 20th century playwrights, are relatively unknown on Buffalo stages. That oversight has been happily remedied by the opening of one of Anderson’s best-known plays, 1933’s “Both Your Houses,” a Pulitzer Prize-winner, at the Kavinoky Theatre. It’s disturbingly topical, fu…

The late Irish poet and dramatist, W.B. Yeats, wrote these lingering lines about his homeland: “Out of Ireland we have come, great hatred, little room, maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother’s womb a fanatic heart.”For a quarter century, Buffalo’s Irish Classical Theatre Company has specialized in plays about “fanatic hearts.” The list is long – sad, joyous, moody …

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 “Miss Julie,” a brief ex…

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Charlotte Cushman, Boston-born, opera-trained as a natural contralto, later evolved into one of America’s greatest actresses of the 19th century – playing males and females – and one of the young nation’s first stage “stars.” She was always on tour, and her audiences often included President Lincoln and his “team of rivals” including Secretary of State William Seward. A de…

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“Granny Bird.” Another opening. Another world premiere.This is nothing new for the Alleyway Theatre and its tireless impresario, Neal Radice. The company has just opened its 36th season, almost all of them dedicated to producing works by new playwrights. “Granny Bird” – adapted by Radice from a script sent to him by Robin Rice Lichtig a decade ago – is finally ready for it…

“People are eggs,” Matt Friedman says, “they’re fragile and separate, but also alike and ready to hatch into new life if all goes well.” Sally Talley lets this metaphor, the latest one from this odd, quirky would-be suitor, sink in. Uh, oh, she thinks, he’s making sense.Lanford Wilson’s sweet and graceful little play, “Talley’s Folly,” a Pulitzer Prize winner back in 1980,…

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The 19th century American poet, essayist and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, obviously never met Emanuel Fried. But, he certainly had someone like “Manny” in mind when he said these words: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail and get fairly rol…

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The third time is a charm, someone once said.Case in point, the Joe Masteroff-Sheldon Harnick-Jerry Bock’s 1963 Broadway musical, “She Loves Me.” It is the third adaptation of the 1936 play “Parfumerie” by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo. Two movies from the 1940s, “The Shop Around the Corner” (starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan) and “In the Good Old Summertim…

It has come down through the centuries that William Shakespeare wrote “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for certain functions in the court of Elizabeth I or maybe for a wedding or some other gala where little audience thought was required. Well, nothing much has changed. The 420-year-old comedy/fantasy, easily Shakespeare’s silliest and most absurd play, has opened at New Phoeni…