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It is a rare treat for an actor to return to a role they played years after the fact. To get to reinterpret the same character, now with more maturity and perspective, and with different creative direction. I’ll never forget seeing Ben Michael Moran – then Ben Puglisi – play Guido Contini, the Fellini-esque film director at the heart of “Nine,” at the University at Buff…

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Given how difficult it is to own or work in a restaurant, it's worth commending culinary students for their ambition and boldness. A little encouragement for those choosing this challenging career path comes Wednesday in Salvatore's through the annual Taste of Education. High school students from four BOCES programs - in Medina, Sanborn, Angola and Ashville - will serve…

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Nearly two decades after Y2K and 30 years after Tony Kushner gave the world his "AIDS play," the hefty two-part "Angels in America" remains one of the brightest stars in the theater firmament. Rather than dating the play, the distance of time brings even more clarity to the understanding that "Angels" isn't just about AIDS at all. In its comic and tragic voices, it spea…

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Sometimes a regional production can downsize a big Broadway show in a way that improves it. That’s the case with Second Generation Theatre’s staging of "Big Fish," the 2013 musical adapted from the novel by Daniel Wallace and the screenplay by John August, with book by August and songs by Andrew Lippa. This is the story of Edward Bloom, an Alabama traveling salesman who…

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Second Generation Theatre, the young theater company whose deal to move to Shea's Seneca Theatre in South Buffalo fell through last year, announced Monday that it will take up residence in Shea's Smith Theatre. The highly adaptable space has hosted a wide range of theatrical productions over the years, from the former Eclectic Improv to this week's performances of "Sex …

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If directing is 90 percent casting, as the adage goes, Doug Weyand’s production of Christopher Durang’s politely unhinged comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” clocks in at well over 100 percent.The Second Generation Theatre production, which opened Friday in the Lancaster Opera House, features one of the better comic ensembles to appear on an area stage in some tim…

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Murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery. Those seven nouns open the 1975 Kander and Ebb musical “Chicago” about two vaudeville murderesses, an ironic primer to the devilishly fun evening that follows. “All those things we hold near and dear to our hearts,” a sexy, wry dancer concludes before the orchestra blasts into its first of many jazz…

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Next up in the Second Generation Theatre’s series of shows that drive drama students crazy: Andrew Lippa’s 2000 musical “The Wild Party,” a minor-key tale of dread and debauchery that has developed a cult following for its haunting score and stylized characters. Like Matthew John LaChiusa’s Broadway musical of the same name, which debuted the same season, the dark show is …

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Leave it to the youngsters to shake things up, write their own rules, make their own way. At the beginning of its third season, and with only three productions under its belt, Second Generation Theatre has uprooted the mold wherever it can. “Into The Woods,” the company’s debut, was an astoundingly intimate production of a theatrical juggernaut, and with a dream cast over…

Lyle Kessler’s 1983 dark comedy “Orphans” has launched many a profiled career, first with a 1985 production at Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre. That staging, which would later move to off-Broadway, elevated the careers of its three male stars (John Mahoney, Terry Kinney and Kevin Anderson), and director Gary Sinise. Their own talent notwithstanding, much has been writt…