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Stage and screen diva Olympia Dukakis, in a speech some years ago before the American Conservatory Theatre, offered that “play audiences want to be reminded of their own humanity.” I have to agree, and Saul Elkin does also, I would bet.Elkin is the founding artistic director of the 11-year-old Jewish Repertory Theatre, and the JRT’s plays almost always find some good in th…

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Popular Buffalo actor and Westfield native Tim Newell, fresh off a tour in Michigan and Virginia of the hit one-man show “Mister Benny,” will return to his home turf this weekend to perform in two dinner theater productions of A.R. Gurney’s play “The Dining Room” in Westfield and Jamestown.The performances, presented as staged readings by the Chautauqua County Gurney Playe…

Amherst

No matter how many newspaper articles we read or documentaries we watch about Israel or any other region under the constant threat of attack, it is next to impossible to get a true sense of what contemporary life in such places must be like. That enormous challenge, of communicating the peculiar feeling of daily life in a politically and physically insecure environment, w…

Buffalo

The crippling powers of human insecurity will be on full display in the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre’s production of the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, a French poet and fighter with an abnormally large nose and even larger self-esteem issues. “Cyrano,” directed by and starring BLT founder and Hilbert College professor Taylor Doherty, opens its three-week run at 7:30 to…

Local News

Popular Buffalo actor and Westfield native Tim Newell, fresh off a tour in Michigan and Virginia of the hit one-man show “Mister Benny,” will return to his home turf this weekend to perform in two dinner theater productions of A.R. Gurney’s play “The Dining Room” in Westfield and Jamestown.The performances, presented as staged readings by the Chautauqua County Gurney Playe…

Amherst

No matter how many newspaper articles we read or documentaries we watch about Israel or any other region under the constant threat of attack, it is next to impossible to get a true sense of what contemporary life in such places must be like. That enormous challenge, of communicating the peculiar feeling of daily life in a politically and physically insecure environment, w…

Buffalo

The crippling powers of human insecurity will be on full display in the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre’s production of the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, a French poet and fighter with an abnormally large nose and even larger self-esteem issues. “Cyrano,” directed by and starring BLT founder and Hilbert College professor Taylor Doherty, opens its three-week run at 7:30 to…

Chicago-based playwright Douglas Post has written dozens of credible plays over many years on a gamut of topics. Name a genre; chances are the prolific Post has a play for you. Religious themes, sociopolitical, contemporary love stories, even a rock opera based on William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” titled “Prospero’s Saxophone.”In the mystery-thriller category, Post’s “Mu…

Chicago-based playwright Douglas Post has written dozens of credible plays over many years on a gamut of topics. Name a genre; chances are the prolific Post has a play for you. Religious themes, sociopolitical, contemporary love stories, even a rock opera based on William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” titled “Prospero’s Saxophone.”In the mystery-thriller category, Post’s “Mu…

Amherst

You sometimes get the feeling, after reading a particularly good obituary about an uncommonly accomplished life, that the person you just read about should have gone on living forever. And you sometimes wish, after seeing a particularly gifted actor perform an uncommonly smart play, that the curtain would never come down.That sense of instant mourning for something so rece…

You sometimes get the feeling, after reading a particularly good obituary about an uncommonly accomplished life, that the person you just read about should have gone on living forever. And you sometimes wish, after seeing a particularly gifted actor perform an uncommonly smart play, that the curtain would never come down.That sense of instant mourning for something so rece…

Neil LaBute, playwright, definitely irritating, whose works were once called “clinically contemptuous” by the New York Times, nevertheless is always good for a telling quote or two. “Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful,” he has said. On unrequited love: “It’s always a great thing.” On the human race: “We are a fairly barbarous bunch.”T…

Neil LaBute, playwright, definitely irritating, whose works were once called “clinically contemptuous” by the New York Times, nevertheless is always good for a telling quote or two. “Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful,” he has said. On unrequited love: “It’s always a great thing.” On the human race: “We are a fairly barbarous bunch.”T…

As a kid, right around the time my nightstand was stacked with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels, I remember asking my mom why she became a teacher. She told me that as a teenage girl in the 1960s, she had three career options: secretary, nurse or educator.I didn’t get it.Those are fine paths, but I struggled to grasp why girls’ options were so limited. If an albeit-fiction…

As a kid, right around the time my nightstand was stacked with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels, I remember asking my mom why she became a teacher. She told me that as a teenage girl in the 1960s, she had three career options: secretary, nurse or educator.I didn’t get it.Those are fine paths, but I struggled to grasp why girls’ options were so limited. If an albeit-fiction…