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Word on the street is: Big is in. Big as in shape and size, yes, but also attitude. It’s about leaving an impression. Making sure people remember you. Making sure everyone in the room feels larger than life. The Kavinoky Theatre got the memo. Their 40th anniversary season blasts off with an explosive production of the divinely enjoyable “Hairspray,” one of the best a…

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The summer arts fair season begins with one of the area's oldest celebrations of creative talent, the Kenan Center's 100 American Craftsmen show in Lockport. Since 1970, the juried show and sale of contemporary craft works has featured, as noted in the name, 100 artists and crafters working in a variety of media. Along with painting, mixed media and paper, visitors will…

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" is going to be performed after all at the Kavinoky Theatre – eight months later than planned. The Kavinoky – forced to cancel the show's classic version days before opening – and nine other theaters have reached an agreement with Broadway producer Scott Rudin and writer Aaron Sorkin to perform an adapted version now on Broadway at no charge. T…

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When the Kavinoky Theatre was notified three weeks before its play "To Kill a Mockingbird" was set to open that New York City producers were planning to block other "Mockingbird" productions while their adaptation of the book was running on Broadway, it looked like their goose was cooked. Support for the play and its large cast had been excellent, partly because everyon…

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The latest version of "Spamalot" to canter across a Buffalo stage is firing on all coconuts, er, cylinders, in a joyfully rambunctious production at the Kavinoky Theatre. Yes yes yes yes the cast of 19 talented performers is wonderful in more than 50 roles, and we will raise a grail to them in a minute. First, though, full credit and a forehead-to-floorboard bow must be…

Buffalo's intimate, rococo Kavinoky Theatre is nestled in a beautiful hall on the campus of D'Youville College -- a hall some have whispered is haunted. Is it really? Find out when you are invited to look around, and enjoy haunting readings as you do so. You'll meet Mary Shelley reading from "Frankenstein," as well as other departed authors, and a surprise visitor. Literar…

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If genuine bipartisanship had an official expiration date, it may have been sometime around 1979. In that year, as the regiments of the Reagan Revolution organized themselves into a formidable political force and Jimmy Carter’s presidency inched painfully past the halfway mark, it was still commonplace for political foes to broker serious back-room deals. And one of those…

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At its root, theater is about chasing after the impossible.Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot. Willy Loman is seeking success. Blanche DuBois wants to live in a world of magic.Spoiler alert: None of them get what they want.And neither did Judy Garland, who sought in vain to sustain the ephemeral feeling she got from an applauding audience, which she once described…

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Award-winning musical actor and singer Natasha Drena plays the legendary Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow,” starting Jan. 8 at the Kavinoky Theatre. Drena, 40, lives in Savannah, Ga., where she’s the artistic director at the Lucas Theater’s cabaret series. She’s starred in shows such as “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and as Fantine in “Les Miserables.”Throughout…

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It's been a strong year for theater in Western New York. From small community productions with national implications to keenly executed comedies on Buffalo's most elite stages, theatergoers had their pick from the regional theater community's yearly embarrassment of riches -- which seems to grow richer every year. Of the dozens of productions I saw this year, the followi…

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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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The Thursday Theater Roundup is a weekly list of current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you're daunted by all the options, 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: "Doubt," through Sept. 26 in a Buffal…

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Verona has the Montagues and Capulets. Hannibal, Mo., has Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. New Orleans has Ignatius J. Reilly.And we have the Pazinskis, the irresistible gang of Polish-Catholic Buffalonians conjured from the childhood memories of playwright Tom Dudzick, whose “Over the Tavern” trilogy has permanently enshrined them as leading, if somewhat bumbling, figures in the…

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If you can’t wait until the Sept. 18 Curtain Up! event to get your theater fix, you’re in luck: More than half of Western New York’s season-launching productions from its major companies will be up and running by Friday night.This year, more companies than ever are getting a head start on the season by ramping up their productions a week ahead of the main event. Here’s a g…

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On more than a thousand nights and weekend afternoons since 2004, Joseph Demerly has walked out onto the stage of the Kavinoky Theatre to ease audiences into the company’s latest production.His shtick has changed very little over the years. There is the same warm welcome, the same request to raise your hand if it’s your first time at the theater and to raise your hand if i…