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The first rule when creating a sequel to a classic story that has been beloved for 200 years is to do no harm. The second is to continue the lives of the characters in a way that is true to form and entertaining. Jane Austen fans can exhale now. "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" is a light and charming morsel, a celebratory sequel to "Pride and Prejudice," with the …

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This is the first time I’ve mentioned this in a review, but it’s most relevant in the case of Lucas Hnath’s “The Christians,” the striking new satirical drama at Road Less Traveled Productions. It has to do with the performance you decide to attend. Every performance of live theater is unique, of course, and privy to a host of factors. I’m not speaking to this productio…

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Amir Kapoor believes he is on a lifelong journey away from his faith. But he has no idea the path he has chosen is a circle. In an effort to distance himself from the traditions of his Islamic background, Kapoor has changed his name and social security number. He has married outside his culture and religion against the wishes of his family. And, as another character in …

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For most young men growing up in Brooklyn, going out for a beer with friends is an activity as natural as breathing. But the first beer Afrim Gjonbalaj drank in public, as an observant young Muslim testing the boundaries of his faith, caused a miniature crisis of conscience. The 35-year-old actor, who stars in Road Less Traveled Theatre's production of Ayak Akhtar's …

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Ellicott Development hopes to complete its mammoth tower project on Pearl Street by September, officials said Wednesday. The downtown Buffalo project at 500 Pearl includes an Aloft Hotel and a host of banquet spaces. This winter's bitter temperatures and snow slowed progress by a couple of months on the nearly $70 million project, the Buffalo firm's largest-ever cons…

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For many Broadway-bound theatrical properties, the out-of-town tryout is an essential ingredient. It allows new plays to breathe and blossom from the rigidity of the page to the dynamic environment of the stage. When jokes don’t land or moments seem false, the script and performance can be fine-tuned in accordance with audience reaction. The result, if all goes to plan, i…