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Mark Witteveen is already an acclaimed moviemaker, short subjects for the most part, but his full-length “The Soldiers of Breakfast” has earned him much praise.He also writes for the stage, and many of his plays have gained honors at theater festivals and competitions across the nation, including Scott Behrend and Jon Elston’s always inventive, 10-year-old acting ensemble,…

Buffalo

In his new play “Very Fine Use of a Grenade,” opening Friday in the Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St.), local writer Mark Witteveen leaves traditional narrative structure behind in favor of a more adventurous approach. The complex story at the heart of the play – involving a mysteriously linked couple, an intense criminal interrogation, a burst of violence and an il…

“Two by Two,” a silly but tuneful take on the biblical tale of Noah and the ark, opened on Broadway to mixed reviews in 1970, lasted for 10 months, then drifted into what theater historians call “neglected” status. The show had great pedigree: The librettist was the revered Peter Stone (“1776,” “Woman of the Year”) and Martin Charnin (“Annie”) was the lyricist, partnering …

Buffalo

In his new play “Very Fine Use of a Grenade,” opening Friday in the Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St.), local writer Mark Witteveen leaves traditional narrative structure behind in favor of a more adventurous approach. The complex story at the heart of the play – involving a mysteriously linked couple, an intense criminal interrogation, a burst of violence and an il…

“Two by Two,” a silly but tuneful take on the biblical tale of Noah and the ark, opened on Broadway to mixed reviews in 1970, lasted for 10 months, then drifted into what theater historians call “neglected” status. The show had great pedigree: The librettist was the revered Peter Stone (“1776,” “Woman of the Year”) and Martin Charnin (“Annie”) was the lyricist, partnering …

Buffalo

The “Real Housewives” of Bravo have nothing on the women of Oscar Wilde’s merciless comedy “A Woman of No Importance,” who are now prowling and bumbling across the Andrews Theatre stage in a masterful Irish Classical Theatre Company production.Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise, as countless dutiful husbands and boyfriends have been forced to observe, offers a vapid and soull…

Buffalo

The “Real Housewives” of Bravo have nothing on the women of Oscar Wilde’s merciless comedy “A Woman of No Importance,” who are now prowling and bumbling across the Andrews Theatre stage in a masterful Irish Classical Theatre Company production.Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise, as countless dutiful husbands and boyfriends have been forced to observe, offers a vapid and soull…

Niagara County

As a self-taught artist, wildlife painter Robert Hines parlayed his passion into a quiet but prolific career.He landed a job as a staff artist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife by the time he was 27 and went on to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, producing hundreds of illustrations before his death in 1994. Hines’ work, depicting fish, waterfowl and other crea…

Buffalo

The excesses and absurdities of the English upper-class receive a thorough skewering in Oscar Wilde’s 1893 play “A Woman of No Importance,” which opens Friday in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.).The play, directed by the Irish Classical’s artist-in-residence Josephine Hogan, is about three-quarters frivolous comedy and one-quarter seriou…

Niagara County

As a self-taught artist, wildlife painter Robert Hines parlayed his passion into a quiet but prolific career.He landed a job as a staff artist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife by the time he was 27 and went on to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, producing hundreds of illustrations before his death in 1994. Hines’ work, depicting fish, waterfowl and other crea…

Buffalo

The excesses and absurdities of the English upper-class receive a thorough skewering in Oscar Wilde’s 1893 play “A Woman of No Importance,” which opens Friday in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.).The play, directed by the Irish Classical’s artist-in-residence Josephine Hogan, is about three-quarters frivolous comedy and one-quarter seriou…

Buffalo

It’s a rare playwright who can follow a formula without seeming to be formulaic.That is the gift of David Auburn, whose 2000 play “Proof” serves as a beautiful permutation on one of the archetypal stories of contemporary American drama. In language both lyrical and visceral, it achieves an exquisite balance between raw emotion and searing intellect, between the beauty of a…

Buffalo

It’s a rare playwright who can follow a formula without seeming to be formulaic.That is the gift of David Auburn, whose 2000 play “Proof” serves as a beautiful permutation on one of the archetypal stories of contemporary American drama. In language both lyrical and visceral, it achieves an exquisite balance between raw emotion and searing intellect, between the beauty of a…

LEWISTON – Niagara University Theatre’s annual “Short Play Festival,” scheduled Friday through next Sunday, will offer theatergoers a smorgasbord of genres, served up in quick, 10-minute bites.Two cycles of short plays written by various playwrights will be presented over the weekend. Fourteen debuting student directors will offer works ranging from “silly and highly comed…

LEWISTON – Niagara University Theatre’s annual “Short Play Festival,” scheduled Friday through next Sunday, will offer theatergoers a smorgasbord of genres, served up in quick, 10-minute bites.Two cycles of short plays written by various playwrights will be presented over the weekend. Fourteen debuting student directors will offer works ranging from “silly and highly comed…