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Williamsville North grad earns props on Broadway

Theater Review The Dream of the Burning Boy
Former Western New Yorker Reed Birney, second from right, appears with his fellow cast members in the Broadway production of "The Dream of the Burning Boy." AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus

Reed Birney, a 1972 graduate of Williamsville North, got a glowing review from the New York Times' Charles Isherwood last week for the latest in a string of lauded appearances on Broadway. In his review of "The Dream of the Burning Boy," Isherwood calls Birney "New York’s foremost actor in a particular subspecialty, communicating the grief of average men facing extraordinary loss" and lauds the "tight focus and unflagging emotional integrity he has brought to each of [his] quiet but challenging roles.

--Colin Dabkowski

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