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Bad things happen to women in this world. In Gordon Farrell’s new play, “Girls Who Walked on Glass,” the playwright introduces us to three young women navigating the hazards of modern life in stories adapted from the work of contributing authors Molly Heckerling, Tatiana Gelfand and Lucy A Robbins. The production marks the start of Farrell’s term as Playwright in Reside…

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It is the beginning of the end for one of the finest Buffalo theater seasons in recent memory. At O'Connell & Company, they will be toasting a run that included A.R Gurney's popular "Love Letters" and a smash all-female version of "1776." Local theater's favorite Diva will be raising a glass in "Memories & Martinis with Mary Kate O'Connell," a cabaret performance o…

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I went to see MusicalFare’s “Late in the Evening: The World According to Paul Simon” recently, mostly because I love Simon’s music and had been made aware that Buffalo independent musician Zak Ward was playing and singing the lead role. I thought it would be cool. I didn’t think it would make me cry. But it did. “Late in the Evening” hit me hard, as it did my wife, w…

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The summer arts fair season begins with one of the area's oldest celebrations of creative talent, the Kenan Center's 100 American Craftsmen show in Lockport. Since 1970, the juried show and sale of contemporary craft works has featured, as noted in the name, 100 artists and crafters working in a variety of media. Along with painting, mixed media and paper, visitors will…

Courts

First, the ubiquitous radio and TV commercials, and the 888-8888 jingle. Then the nasty court case. Now, a stage play called “Cellino v. Barnes.” That is the title of a two-man play written by Mike Breen, 30, a Buffalo-born comedian now working out of Los Angeles, and his comedic partner, David Rafailedes. Breen describes the play as one “largely based on hearsay …

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On paper, a play called “A Time to Kill” does not lure you to a dinner theater. It sounds bloody and venomous, hardly fitting for bread baskets and side salads. But there’s more than meets the eye at Desiderio's Dinner Theatre. Whatever notions you might have about what a dinner theater can and should be, producer-director Jay Desiderio often validates and extends. T…

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The Memorial Day weekend begins with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual patriotic commemoration “An American Salute,” honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and celebrating the nation for which they died. Nashville singer and “X Factor” finalist Rachel Potter will join Pops Conductor John Morris Russell and the BPO Chorus as soloist and narrator for the…

Buffalo

It was his first time on stage, but when actor Jesse L. Martin played Scrooge at the former Campus West School, he gave it everything he had. “My little fifth-grade self acted up a storm. I’m sure I overacted, but I was amazing. Somehow, I knew I would end up in New York City, and it started here in this school. Buffalo gave me everything as a kid,” Martin said Friday d…

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"Tootsie," a musical based on the Tony nominated play, will launch its national tour in Shea's Buffalo Theatre in the fall of 2020. Specific dates and ticket information will be announced. However, "Tootsie" will be in Buffalo the month before opening for technical rehearsals as part of a state tax credit program. Other shows at Shea's that benefited from this program a…

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Let's not wait until the end to sum up: "Dear Evan Hansen" is an extraordinary piece of musical theater, and if you have a chance to see it at Shea's, you should go. The show is the modern-day story of Evan Hansen, a socially inept high school senior who struggles to make friends. His time-stressed mom has him in counseling, and his counselor has him on anti-anxiety dru…

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"Looking Through Glass," now onstage at Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York, is a window into another world. Here the boundaries between life and death become meaningless against the forces of love and faith, and leave us with the question, What happens to an unlived life? It is the story of a young woman who is possessed by the spirit of her dead true love jus…

Food and Drink

It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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“Fun Home” is a glorious musical. Indeed, this exquisite show reminds us why musical theater exists. When the need for the characters to express themselves reaches the limits of speech, their thoughts and emotions overflow into song. And in this intriguing story, adapted by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, also called “Fun Home,” speech fr…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…