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Matthew LaChiusa’s peripatetic acting troupe, American Repertory Theater of WNY – ART of WNY, to its clientele – has found new quarters, thanks to the visionary Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation. The community education group sees a collaboration between its music programs, existing and planned, and theater. The new stage, in Black Rock, is called the 330 Theater, nex…

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Imagined conversations among great historical figures seems to be the order of the day on the Buffalo theater scene. Fond memories of American Repertory Theater’s 2015 production of Steve Martin’s historical fantasy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” still linger. Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, who never actually met, are facing off in Mark St. Germain’s “Freud’s Last Session” i…

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The Thursday Theater Roundup is a weekly list of current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you need help deciding, check out the end of this post, where you'll find a quiz and flow chart designed to help you find the theater that best matches your interests. Here are this week's picks: "Carrie: The Musical," through Oct. 10 in an Ame…

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The Thursday Theater Roundup is a weekly list of current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you need help deciding, check out the end of this post, where you'll find a quiz and flow chart designed to help you find the theater that best matches your interests. Here are this week's picks: "Newsies," through Sunday in Shea's Performing A…

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"Harbor," through Sunday in a Buffalo United Artists production in the Alleyway Theatre. ★★★ "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," through May 17 in an Irish Classical Theatre Company production in the Andrews Theatre. ★★★½ "The Odd Couple," through May 17 in a Jewish Repertory Theatre production in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre.  ★★★ "She Loves Me," through May 2…

The American Repertory Theater’s premiere of its last show of the season, “Rust Belt Grotesque,” bid a bittersweet farewell to its home at ART in the Box.After May 23, ART’s audiences will no longer huddle in the basement at the Church of the Ascension, which will soon be converted into senior housing. Still, the show will go on, as ART plans to continue with its 2015-16 s…

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “Two guys walk into a bar…,” well, I won’t go on because you can probably think of dozens of scenarios and punch lines that follow an old-joke opening like that. But, maybe not when the two guys are modernist painter Pablo Picasso and mathematical and science theorist Albert Einstein. Stand-up comic, “Saturday Night Live” regular, movie s…

“Who’s there?” Thus begins William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” a sentry’s query rife with chill and foreboding. For weeks there has been a sense of evil afoot in Elsinore castle, anxiety, angst. Rumors abound that ghosts roam the halls, aisles already crowded with schemers and opportunists, flatterers and fops. Elsinore’s very soul has gone awry. Watchers and listeners soon …

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Midnight, the witching hour, a time that William Shakespeare’s conflicted Prince Hamlet saw “churchyards yawn and hell itself breathe out contagion to the world.” That’s exactly what happens in Arthur Miller’s classic tale of hysteria and extremism gone amok, “The Crucible,” just now in extraordinary revival at Matthew LaChiusa’s American Repertory Theater of Western New …

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It’s the autumn of Arthur Miller on Buffalo’s theater scene.“Death of a Salesman,” the best-known play by the beloved American playwright, will open Nov. 7 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre in a production starring John Fredo as Willie Loman. But before that, and just in time for Halloween, audiences will have a cha…

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“What goes around comes around.” How many times have we said or heard that contemporary adage? It’s sort of like saying “The chickens will come home to roost.” Both have a kind of “You’ll get yours, buddy” connotation: We’ll get repaid somehow for what we do, good or bad. There’s a lot of the goes-around, comes-around theory in American Repertory Theatre of Western New Yo…