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Somewhere on our planet – maybe beyond, who knows? – a production of Ken Ludwig’s run-amok farce, “Lend Me a Tenor” is in rehearsal or already up and running. The play has remained immensely popular since it bowed in London in 1986. It later moved to Broadway – where then New York Times drama critic Frank Rich dubbed it “painless fluff” – and walked off with a passel of a…

Somewhere on our planet – maybe beyond, who knows? – a production of Ken Ludwig’s run-amok farce, “Lend Me a Tenor” is in rehearsal or already up and running. The play has remained immensely popular since it bowed in London in 1986. It later moved to Broadway – where then New York Times drama critic Frank Rich dubbed it “painless fluff” – and walked off with a passel of a…

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Gary Earl Ross is a man of many letters, a skill set that includes great prowess as a playwright. He’s gaining national renown and his recent anti-war work, “The Guns of Christmas,” continues to be lauded. Despite this recent success, Ross has discovered that getting plays produced is no easy task and he was stunned to discover that the writing of “The Mark of Cain,” a fi…

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Gary Earl Ross is a man of many letters, a skill set that includes great prowess as a playwright. He’s gaining national renown and his recent anti-war work, “The Guns of Christmas,” continues to be lauded. Despite this recent success, Ross has discovered that getting plays produced is no easy task and he was stunned to discover that the writing of “The Mark of Cain,” a fi…

Matthew LaChiusa’s peripatetic acting troupe, American Repertory Theater of WNY – ART of WNY, to its clientele – has found new quarters, thanks to the visionary Sportsmens Americana Music Foundation. The community education group sees a collaboration between its music programs, existing and planned, and theater. The new stage, in Black Rock, is called the 330 Theater, nex…

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As is their custom, Road Less Traveled Productions has assembled a pamphlet loaded with facts about the themes surrounding a work on its stage, in this case, “Safe,” the latest play by the company’s unofficial playwright-in-residence, Donna Hoke. RLTP dramaturge Katie Mallinson puts together facts and figures, theories and commentary about a play’s theme. The information …

You could certainly argue the case that “Bad Jews,” by the lauded young playwright, Joshua Harmon – currently one of the most performed plays in America and internationally – is, or perceived to be, offensive. Saul Golubcow, writing in Washington Jewish Week, suggested, tongue firmly in cheek, that maybe “Jews Behaving Badly” or “Not So Good” or even “Could Be Better” woul…

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, scroll down to 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: "Joe Hill's Last Will," through Nov. 28 in …

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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: "The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman," through…

In the history of world literature and theater, the dour, dark Swede, August Strindberg, is a giant. His body of work is voluminous: moralities, fantasies, psychological studies, spiritual musings, allegories, satire, wanderings into the occult.His 19th century plays, from his “naturalistic” period – “The Father,” “The Stronger” – as well as 1888’s “Miss Julie,” a brief ex…

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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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After a summer hiatus, the Thursday Theater Roundup is back. In this weekly compendium, in an effort to help you plan your weekend, we'll present shows that received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks: "Speed of Light," through Oct. 4 in Road Less Traveled Theatre. ★★★ "Granny Bird," through Oct. 3 in Alleyway Theatre. Review: ★★★ "…

“People are eggs,” Matt Friedman says, “they’re fragile and separate, but also alike and ready to hatch into new life if all goes well.” Sally Talley lets this metaphor, the latest one from this odd, quirky would-be suitor, sink in. Uh, oh, she thinks, he’s making sense.Lanford Wilson’s sweet and graceful little play, “Talley’s Folly,” a Pulitzer Prize winner back in 1980,…

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The 19th century American poet, essayist and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, obviously never met Emanuel Fried. But, he certainly had someone like “Manny” in mind when he said these words: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail and get fairly rol…