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'The Dead' returns to the Irish Classical

On Thursday, the Irish Classical Theatre Company will re-mount its 2010 production of "The Dead," the stage adaptation of James Joyce's beloved short story that played to steady crowds last year. Here's Anne Neville's rave review. And below, watch ICTC co-founder and artistic director Vincent O'Neill talk about the play:

--Colin Dabkowski

BPO Holiday Pops: One concert sold out, 2 to go

BooneThe Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Holiday Pops concert is fast approaching ... and fast selling. Tidings come from the BPO that the Saturday night concert -- that is Saturday, Dec. 10 -- is already sold out.

This year's concert features singer Debby Boone, left, who will sing Christmas carols as well as her hit, "You Light Up My Life." (She told me she would sing that, when I asked her, in an interview that will be running in Gusto. "You knew this question was coming," I said.)

Some tickets still remain for the other two performances 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 (part of the orchestra's popular Friday morning Coffee Concerts series) and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

Call 885-5000, or click on the link above, to get 'em while they're hot.

If you are stuck on hold, here is Ms. Boone doing a fine job with a fine Hollywood-style arrangement of "Silver Bells" -- with lyrics by Western New York's own Ray Evans.

 -- Mary Kunz Goldman


Critics' Corner video chat with Simon, Miers

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Straight No Chaser to perform at UBCFA

Back by popular demand, the male a cappella group Straight No Chaser returns to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts for a performance at 7:30 p.m. May 1.

Tickets are $32, $37 and $42 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 through the box office, online at or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information, call 645-ARTS (2787) or visit


Clarkson, Leno to perform at the Fallsview Casino

Kelly Clarkson will perform two shows in Niagara Falls in March            Getty Images

The Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ont. announces its March lineup of shows in the Avalon Theatre

Kelly Clarkson will perform at 9 p.m. on March 2 and 3. Tickets start at $60.

Comedian Jay Leno, host of NBC's Tonight Show, returns to the Fallsview for 9 p.m. shows on March 9 and 10. Tickets start at $80.

Return to Grace, a tribute to Elvis Presley, opens on March 14 and runs through April 1. Tickets start at $30.

All tickets go on sale Dec. 2 through the casino's box office, online at or charge by phone at (877) 833-3110.

For more information, visit

Buffalo culture gets some ink in Toronto

On Thanksgiving, the Toronto Star printed a roundup of Western New York cultural activities by its theater critic, Richard Ouzounian. He dropped by recently to check out Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House and Graycliff Estate, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penney Art Center, Shea's Performing Arts Center and MusicalFare Theatre's production of "A Class Act." Read it here.

--Colin Dabkowski

Viva Vivaldi XXXIII concludes tonight

The Ars Nova Musicians perform tonight in First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle.    Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

Viva Vivaldi XXXIII reaches what promises to be a triumphant conclusion tonight (Nov. 27) with a concert at First Presbyterian Church. The huge, historic church on Symphony Circle is a kind of home church for the festival, which features the Ars Nova Musicians, led by Marylouise Nanna. A celebratory evening of music is planned.

Guest starring is Harmonia, the Buffalo singing ensemble led by Robert Pacillo that gave a beautiful performance earlier this year of Palestrina’s "Pope Marcellus Mass." Harmonia performs "In Exitu Israel" and "Laetatus Sum," two religious pieces by "the Red Priest," as Vivaldi was nicknamed.

Two violin concertos by Vivaldi feature Loren Silvertrust and Tea Prokes, who is the young soloist in a concerto known as "Il Corneto da Posta" or "The Post Horn." Oboist Paul Schlossman lends his talents to the American premiere of an oboe concerto in D minor by Francesco X. Thuri, a Vivaldi contemporary.

The concert ends with an arrangement of the folk Mass song "Let There Be Peace on Earth."

The music begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10.

--  Mary Kunz Goldman

Air Supply breezes into town for a concert tonight

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Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply perform tonight in the Seneca Niagara Events Center.      Getty Images

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are certainly two of the more understated and underrated duos in music. As the creative forces behind Air Supply, the men are responsible for a long string of hits that started with the classic "Lost in Love" in 1980. Since then, Hitchcock’s sweeping tenor has given voice to such hits as "All Out of Love," "The One That You Love" and "Every Woman in the World."

More than 30 years later, Air Supply continues to reach out to its "Airheads," as fans are affectionately called, by touring worldwide and writing new songs including "Sanctuary," a ballad that fits well in the Air Supply canon.

Air Supply performs at 8 p.m. tonight (Nov. 26) in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. Tickets start at $30 (box office, Visit

-- Toni Ruberto

Subversive Theatre Collective offers a new vision on a George Orwell classic

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Jeffrey Coyle,"Napolean" {third from left} and Jonathan Shuey,"Snowball" {far left}, along with Brian Zybala,"Boxer" and Maria Droz,"Mollie" perform in Subversive Theatre / Theatre Jugend's production "Occupy Animal Farm."     Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News


For its last piece of ultra-relevant political theater, the Subversive Theatre Collective produced local playwright Michael Fannelli’s absurdist riff on former Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Alan Greenspan. And now, before the stage has had a chance to cool off from that wonderfully whacked-out production, Subversive is fixing to rouse the rabble once more

This time, it will do so with an original adaptation of George Orwell’s eternally relevant novella "Animal Farm," an allegory of totalitarianism that is frightening for its permanent application to the way we live. Orwell’s widely treasured work was adapted for the Subversive stage by Justin Karcher ("The Last of the Sensitive Bastards") in a production recently redubbed "Occupy Animal Farm" and helmed by director-on-the-rise Drew McCabe.

McCabe has created original animal masks for the production, which includes plenty of physical theater
and dance elements. The show stars Jeffrey Coyle, Jonathan Shuey, Brian Zybala, Kristin Bentley, Maria Droz, Matt Kindly and Erin Brignone.

Tickets are $15 to $20, with more information at or 408-0499.

-- Colin Dabkowski

Enjoy a feast of theater this Thanksgiving holiday

The Road Less Traveled Theatre production of "Superior Donuts" runs through Dec. 4.

For those who have just emerged from their post-turkey coma and looking for a way to ease back into the waking world, a night at the theater doesn’t seem like a bad prescription. Folks in town for the holiday weekend have plenty of options to sample the Queen City’s maturing theater scene, which is currently offering a range of worthy productions.

The Road Less Traveled Theatre, tucked inside the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center (639 Main St.), currently hosts its production of Tracy Letts’ Chicago-born (but Buffalo-flavored) "Superior Donuts." This lovely, sentimental and riotously funny play tells the story of a doughnut shop owner and his young protege. Info is at

The Kavinoky Theatre (320 Porter Ave.; hosts Yasmina Reza’s
intense 90-minute argument "God of Carnage," in which two couples spar with one another over a conflict between their sons. MusicalFare Theatre (4380 Main St., Amherst;, meanwhile, hosts the charming bio-musical "A Class Act," which looks at the life and career of "A Chorus Line" lyricist Edward Kleban. Finally, Buffalo United Artists (119 Chippewa St.; has the hilarious Jimmy Janowski in Charles Busch’s "The Divine Sister"; Subversive Theatre hosts a new adaptation of George Orwell’s "Animal Farm"; and the American Repertory Theatre of Western New York (Buffalo East, 1410 Main St.; is producing Matthew LaChiusa’s folksy, original play "Fred’s Requiem."

-- Colin Dabkowski

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