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Docs vs. Jocks for PUCCS 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Adam's Mark Hotel (120 Church St.). Cost is $100 and may be purchased here. Former Sabres goalie Marty Biron could stop slap shots and has proven he can analyze hockey, but can he cook? He and former teammate Andrew Peters will duke it out with local neurosurgeons Douglas Moreland and Elad Levy in a cook-off fundra…

Buffalo

A new sign of progress is coming to downtown Buffalo – literally. Road Less Traveled Productions seeks to install a giant new marquee sign on the front of its new home, in the former Baker Shoes Building, located at 456 Main St. The local theater company says it needs the increased visibility offered by the large banner because the facade of the building is otherwise…

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Now in its 51st season, the Paul Robeson Theatre kicks off a new year with the beloved musical “Purlie.” Set in the Jim Crow South, and written at the precipice of the Civil Rights Movement, the show is still flagrantly relevant today. Purlie Victorious is a traveling preacher who returns home to save his Georgia hometown from a rich white landowner hell-bent on salvagi…

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Theatre of Youth painted the town pink for Curtain Up! with a spotlights outside the Allendale Theatre, the interior dome illuminated in a pastel blush, and, onstage, a recast and reworked production of the longtime favorite, "Pinkalicious." Fun and sharp, and sprinkled with a pleasant amount of emotional sugar, the show is positively pink-tastic. The musical was ada…

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There is a golden girl at the heart of the Irish Classical Theatre production of Clifford Odets’ 1937 classic, "Golden Boy," and her name is Cassie Cameron. As Lorna, the role originated by Frances Farmer of the legendary Group Theater, and snapped up by movie icon Barbara Stanwyck for the 1939 film, Cameron gives a five-star performance in this four-star production. Lo…

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Ripping a page out of "The Book of Mormon" school of comedy, Alleyway Theatre opens its 2018-19 season with a low-brow comedy about a high-brow subject, the legendary 18th century French philosopher known as Voltaire. "Philosophus" is a winner of Alleyway's Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. In it, playwright Colin Speer Crowley turns the drily humorous Voltaire into …

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You may wonder, like I did, halfway through the first act of “Social Security,” now running at Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre through Oct. 28, if Andrew Bergman’s play is the classic New York comedy I never knew existed. By “New York comedy,” I mean Jewish. And by that, of course, I mean the likes of the recently departed Neil Simon, or the great Mike Nichols, who directed …

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Below is a schedule of professional theater productions planned for the 2018-19 seasons. Some companies, such as Ujima Theatre Collective, Torn Space, Buffalo United Artists and Brazen-Faced Varlets, have yet to announce any productions, while others will announce additional shows as the season progresses. All for One Theatre Productions 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St. …

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Curtain Up! is the lone night on our cultural calendar when all of downtown is focused on the theater. Every show will have a good audience, and the streets will be alive with enthusiastic revelers who dress to the nines and stay out late at the event, this year starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a gala dinner under the tent at Fountain Plaza. This annual event began 37 …

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For theatergoers and professionals across the area, Anthony Chase needs no introduction. For others, let this primer suffice: Few have written with as much insight into the region's sprawling theater community, with as much compassion for performers or with as much respect for the art form. Chase, a Hudson Valley native and Trinity College graduate who began writing …

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A society in which knowledge is the enemy. A country where government watches everything. A reality where first responders create fires instead of putting them out. Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel “Fahrenheit 451” was published during a tumultuous time in American history, with the threat of McCarthyism igniting the imaginations of aggressors hell-bent on legislating intellig…

Food and Drink

After a busy weekend of events in Buffalo, the pace slows down considerably from Monday through Thursday; intimate concerts, a flashy food fundraiser and two three-star local plays stand out from the rest. An Evening with Yo La Tengo Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 Sept. 13 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $26 in advance here and $30 at the door. New Jersey cu…

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Who doesn't love a good revenge fantasy? Take "Taken," the ridiculous but endlessly rewatchable film in which Liam Neeson exacts vengeance on his daughter's kidnappers. Or Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill," in which Uma Thurman slashes her way through a phalanx of comic book villains. Or, you know, 70 percent of Shakespeare. But when it comes to musicals, the simple pl…

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Wicked, vulgar and often hilarious, "Heathers" is a high school musical of another color, the color of an unapologetically black comedy. Adapted from the 1980s cult movie in 2014, you could pile this show to the ceiling with trigger warnings about school shootings, teen suicide and bullying and still not silence its celebration of the teenage joy of liberating revenge. …