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It's finally time to see "Hamilton" at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. But whether you're a regular Shea's-goer or someone who doesn't get downtown often, you may have questions about attending the Broadway spectacle. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. What if I haven't received my tickets? If your tickets haven't come in the mail yet, contact the Shea's box o…

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Step aside, Mr. Hamilton. There's another hot show playing in Buffalo this month, and those lucky enough to have their tickets better hang on to them. The world premiere of Tom Dudzick's "Christmas Over the Tavern" sold out its entire monthlong run at MusicalFare before the show even opened. For advance ticket buyers, it was a good bet, but not a sure one. Dudzick, Buff…

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1. NYBP's third anniversary: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Free to attend. New York Beer Project is perhaps the Buffalo area's fastest-growing brewery, with expansion planned to Victor, and a bustling clientele at its sprawling Lockport base. NYBP and the Krupski family will celebrate three years in a slew of ways: A brunch with…

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So, you’ve managed to find and afford a ticket or two to “Hamilton,” the hottest theater ticket in Buffalo at least since Katharine Cornell’s “Cleopatra” in 1947. Congratulations. You’re clearly a very impressive person. But what now? If you want to impress a date with your superior “Hamilton” knowledge, astound your friends with theatrical savvy or just try not t…

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As "Hamilton" arrives for its local debut, Buffalo News staffers Jeff Miers and Colin Dabkowski along with contributing writer Ben Siegel participated in a sparring match in an attempt to ascertain the true merits of this groundbreaking play’s radical use of music. Jeff Miers: I was suspicious of “Hamilton” before I heard the music. Hip-hop and musical theater make str…

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Popular music has needed to reacquaint itself with the language of protest for a good while now. It’s in the music’s DNA, particularly in this country, where the field hollers of slaves, the blues, folk music, 1960s rock 'n' roll, '70s soul, and nearly every offshoot of these have been at their most incisive when they attempted to speak truth to power. But the last plac…

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Two Buffalo-born theater experiences debut this weekend in the heart of the city's historic East Side. One brings in some of the community's newest arrivals, the other is built around its geologic roots. Together, "Manmade Earth" and "Light/Station" combine to form the conclusion of Torn Space Theater's 2018 Response Festival. "Manmade Earth" has been midwifed by the th…

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While tickets still remain for the Buffalo stop of "Hamilton," prices begin at $165 for the touring production that runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 9 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). For those who still desire tickets but can't stomach the cost, Shea's, "Hamilton" producer Jeffrey Seller and Shea's Broadway series producer Albert Nocciolino have announced a #HAM4HAM …

Nov. 20, 1943 — Nov. 5, 2018 Paul O'Hern never played Hamlet. He never sang the lead in "Les Miserables" or trod the boards as Willy Loman. But as a fixture on Buffalo's theater scene for decades, Mr. O'Hern played a crucial supporting role to a cast of hundreds who respected him for a strong commitment to his craft and his community. Mr. O'Hern, who died Monday a…

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Seldom have story and score diverged more dramatically than in Lionel Bart's "Oliver!" Out of the Dickensian gloom conjured by designer David Dwyer on the stage of the Lancaster Opera House for this straight-ahead production directed by David Bondrow, the plaintive voices of a young cast eke out the first lines of "Food, Glorious Food." For a brief moment, the story and…

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A 12-year-old theater group wants to make its new home on Elmwood Avenue more permanent, after outgrowing its old home on Amherst Street. The American Repertory Theater of Western New York, led by executive director Matthew LaChiusa, already operates at the TheaterLoft space at 545 Elmwood – former home of the Ujima Theatre Co. – with permission from city officials. But…

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The force is akin to gravity, always there, pulling Eddie and May together. Then, as Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" follows its inevitable path, that same force pulls them to the precipice and over they go. And in the new production of the play at American Repertory Theater, we go right along with them. Under the excellent direction of Kelli Bocock-Natale, actors Eric…

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There is no sweeter sound, when sitting in an attentive audience, than the gasp of a connection being made. That one line, look or silent gap that registers a deep understanding of a revelatory idea. In the brain it processes as fireworks, but in the quiet of the room, it registers as something inarticulate — a drawn-out “hmm” or an exclamatory “huh!” The gut always knows.…

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There is nothing epic about "Sive," John B. Keane's tragic family drama set in a small, rude farmhouse. This is a story of gritty survival, where poverty pushes people to make desperate choices with unconscionable results. There are parts that feel like a slap in the face, and others that are a punt in the gut. Thankfully, there also are frequent moments of dark humor, …

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To review this five-company co-production of “The Three Musketeers,” four theater critics watched the opening night performance and discussed the show immediately afterward. Former Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski moderated a discussion among contributing theater writers Anthony Chase, Ben Siegel and Melinda Miller.  Colin Dabkowski: What are your initial thoughts? Anthon…