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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…

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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…

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For the penultimate The 10 of spring, I'm going to cut right to the chase and go more bare-bones. You'd probably rather spend more time doing activities rather than reading my ridiculous prose anyhow. 1) Allentown Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Delaware Avenue and Allen Street. Free to attend, but you have to buy the art. Support loc…

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Ahhh, I love summer theater. Garden parties and love triangles and finger sandwiches and hob nobs. All those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.Irish Classical has always done a fine job rubbing elbows with these often-British crowds; a trip north to the Shaw Festival offers the same bounty, with Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde and the festival’s namesake, George Bernard …

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It would be hard to imagine a more enjoyable way to have the wind taken out of your sails than taking in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s black-hearted Gothic comedy “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” which opened Friday night in the Andrews Theatre.Filled with spite, cruelty, stunted ambition and delusion occasionally interrupted by dim fl…

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In a claustrophobic kitchen in the mountains of County Galway, two women exchange poisonous barbs like scorpions under a bowl, trying their best to draw blood. A couple of crickets wander briefly into their toxic web, which only antagonizes them further, until finally the dark idea that’s been on their minds the whole time becomes a reality.That in a vague nutshell is the …

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It’s so hot inside the Andrews Theatre right now, the Irish Classical should consider performing on the sidewalk.The heat between the three characters in “After Miss Julie,” Patrick Marber’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic “Miss Julie,” is like salt on an open wound: astringent but pleasurable, dirty but cleansing.…