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Most days for the past 13 years, Anthony Conte has climbed the dozens of carpeted steps that separate the opulent lobby of Shea’s Performing Arts Center from his office in the building’s upper reaches.Each of those daily climbs brought with it a small sign of progress, as Conte and his staff diligently worked to return the once-downtrodden 1925 movie house to its former gl…

Buffalo

Most days for the past 13 years, Anthony Conte has climbed the dozens of carpeted steps that separate the opulent lobby of Shea’s Performing Arts Center from his office in the building’s upper reaches.Each of those daily climbs brought with it a small sign of progress, as Conte and his staff diligently worked to return the once-downtrodden 1925 movie house to its former gl…

Buffalo

A trip to the Allendale Theatre, where the average age of theatergoers hovers somewhere around 10, is bound to include a few spontaneous surprises.During Wednesday morning’s school-time performance of Theatre of Youth’s “Madeline’s Christmas,” one of those moments came during an exchange between the diminutive title character (Faith Walh) and a mysterious bearded magician …

Buffalo

A trip to the Allendale Theatre, where the average age of theatergoers hovers somewhere around 10, is bound to include a few spontaneous surprises.During Wednesday morning’s school-time performance of Theatre of Youth’s “Madeline’s Christmas,” one of those moments came during an exchange between the diminutive title character (Faith Walh) and a mysterious bearded magician …

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“Kyrie eleison,” sings a disembodied, a cappella voice, at the start of John Pielmeier’s 30-year-old, still-doleful and troublesome play, “Agnes of God.” “Kyrie eleison” – “Lord, have mercy” – an ancient Christian chant, a prayer, a plea.Brazen-Faced Varlets, a Buffalo-based feminist theater group looking for a permanent home, has remounted the intense “Agnes” at Rust Belt…

“The Wizard of Oz” is a sure thing. It holds the answers to the universe, it would seem. That code is simple: Believe in your ability, love what you do and do it well.The Buffalo Public Theatre, led by Loraine O’Donnell and Kelli Bocock-Natale, in residence at Ujima’s Theater Loft, takes on this iconic property for its premiere production. In a newly conceived adaptation o…

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Composer Mel Marvin never expected his musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to turn into a commercial success.That’s because he wrote it for an audience of one: his 9-year-old daughter.In a recent phone interview, Marvin recalled pitching the show to Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, where it debuted in 1994. For the…

“The Wizard of Oz” is a sure thing. It holds the answers to the universe, it would seem. That code is simple: Believe in your ability, love what you do and do it well.The Buffalo Public Theatre, led by Loraine O’Donnell and Kelli Bocock-Natale, in residence at Ujima’s Theater Loft, takes on this iconic property for its premiere production. In a newly conceived adaptation o…

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“Kyrie eleison,” sings a disembodied, a cappella voice, at the start of John Pielmeier’s 30-year-old, still-doleful and troublesome play, “Agnes of God.” “Kyrie eleison” – “Lord, have mercy” – an ancient Christian chant, a prayer, a plea.Brazen-Faced Varlets, a Buffalo-based feminist theater group looking for a permanent home, has remounted the intense “Agnes” at Rust Belt…

Buffalo

Composer Mel Marvin never expected his musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to turn into a commercial success.That’s because he wrote it for an audience of one: his 9-year-old daughter.In a recent phone interview, Marvin recalled pitching the show to Dr. Seuss Enterprises and the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, where it debuted in 1994. For the…

The pure intellectual satisfaction of applying rigorous science to a theory, combined with the sheer joy of watching things blow up, brought a large, enthusiastic crowd of “MythBusters” fans to Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday night.From the moment “MythBusters” hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman appeared in a cloud of mist, the enthusiastic and utterly clued-in …

One of Western New York’s oldest productions of “The Nutcracker,” Greater Niagara Ballet Company’s 36th annual version of the ballet, filled the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School on Saturday afternoon, mixing “Nutcracker” tradition with a very kid-friendly slant. Choreographed by ballet company founder and artistic director Beverley Feder and…

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For thousands of Western New Yorkers hailing from other parts of the world, whether longtime residents or recent arrivals, the Raíces Theatre Company’s irresistible production of Carmen Rivera’s play “La Gringa” will undoubtedly strike a profound chord.The show opened Thursday night in the Road Less Traveled Theatre to an ecstatic reception from a diverse crowd eager to ce…