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I will admit that I arrived for the delayed opening of Joe Orton’s 1964 play, “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” at the Irish Classical Theatre Company with a sense of dread. The postponement had inspired rumors of trouble in rehearsal, actors unprepared, and a production slogging its way toward certain disaster. As the lights began to dim, I silently uttered the universal critic’s…

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Theater is at its best when it uses history to illuminate current times. A great historical play reminds us of those relentless truisms about civics: that corruption is a timeless craft, that it’s always the cover-up that will get you, and that politics is all optics. Peter Morgan’s “Frost/Nixon” checks all of these boxes, and in a dazzling new production at Irish Class…

Festivals

Slurping soup might be a pet peeve for some, but it will be hard to resist this weekend at Buffalo Soup-Fest, which leads off a strong event list for the Buffalo area this weekend. Outdoor events, such as the four-day Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament and 42 North's rural Brewski, celebrate winter, perhaps (slightly) reversing the irksome reputation it's earned from ha…

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Jane Austen’s 1811 novel, “Sense and Sensibility,” spins across the stage with playful effervescence in Kate Hamill’s adaptation, now being performed at the Irish Classical Theatre Company. First produced at the Bedlam Theatre in New York City in 2014, the original director, Eric Tucker, put his indelible mark on the piece when he equipped all of the chairs and tables w…

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That it's hard to develop a unifying theme around a Things to Do newsletter is proof that, contrary to opinion of many, Buffalo winters aren't so bleak that people huddle in bars to pass the time. Well, many Buffalonians do drink during the winter, but it's often to complement an event with a different purpose, as you'll see in the diversity of choices for this weekend.…

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There is nothing epic about "Sive," John B. Keane's tragic family drama set in a small, rude farmhouse. This is a story of gritty survival, where poverty pushes people to make desperate choices with unconscionable results. There are parts that feel like a slap in the face, and others that are a punt in the gut. Thankfully, there also are frequent moments of dark humor, …

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There is a golden girl at the heart of the Irish Classical Theatre production of Clifford Odets’ 1937 classic, "Golden Boy," and her name is Cassie Cameron. As Lorna, the role originated by Frances Farmer of the legendary Group Theater, and snapped up by movie icon Barbara Stanwyck for the 1939 film, Cameron gives a five-star performance in this four-star production. Lo…

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Art imitates life imitates art, the saying goes, and in today’s divisive social and political climate, Irish Classical Theatre Company is aiming to further conversations with its thought-provoking 2018-19 season lineup, aptly called "A Season of Power, Sex and Politics." Hot-button topics like sex, power and politics are tackled in the popular classics “Sense & Sens…

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BBQ and Blues Bash 5 to 9 p.m. at the Cobblestone District, Illinois Street near the KeyBank Center. Tickets $25 pre-sale here, $30 at the door, and $65 VIP, including food and drink specials. The 10th edition of the Cobblestone District's celebration of barbecue, live blues and beer raises money for the Gateway-Longview social services agency. Barbecue lineup: Babz BB…

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Regret is a recurring character in the work of Irish playwright Conor McPherson, a favorite of the Irish Classical Theatre Company and its audiences. McPherson’s dark and somewhat mystical work returns to the Andrews Theatre stage on March 2, when the company opens a production of his 2013 play “The Night Alive.” (It last produced a play of McPherson’s, the devastating …

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Irish Classical Theatre fondly remembered the life of fictional character Hugh R. Boxworthy, a notorious party animal, on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in the Atrium at Rich's. Browse shots of the crowd.

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1) Benefit for Buffalo Irish Center, 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at 245 Abbott Road. Cost is $5 for 21+ and $7 for anyone under 21. Commentary: Established in 1970 as an Irish cultural hub in South Buffalo, the Irish Center has been remarkably active in the community - hosting everything from Irish dance troupes to ample local music to participating in major events such as the Old N…

Dance

The title of “The Yeats Project” implies something workmanlike and studious, while the reality of “The Yeats Project” on the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s stage is the exact opposite. The show literally has wings. Through an inspired collaboration with Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theater, the spiritual voice of Yeats’ vision of Ireland comes vividly to life in two sho…

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Is there anything Brian Mysliwy can’t do? In “Fully Committed,” Becky Mode’s comedy, now on stage at Irish Classical Theatre, the actor does it all — 45 characters in 90 uninterrupted minutes. Mathematically speaking, that allows for a mere two minutes per character, which would be an absurd reduction of what’s really going on here. Mode’s play presents itself first as en…

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Five times a week through Oct. 18, theatergoers will make their way into the Andrews Theatre on Main Street, the orchestra will strike up a waltz and the outside world will melt completely away.In its place arose Chris Kelly’s light, lithe and beautifully performed production of “A Little Night Music, ” Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s dreamy, three-quarter-time fantasi…