The Thursday Theater Roundup, our weekly list of critic's picks from Western New York's busy theater scene, is back for the 2013-14 theater season.
This season, we'll simplify the roundup to include only the star rating and a link to The News' review of each production. The listing includes only shows that received three or more stars from our reviewers.
My item today on David Butler's production of "Grain Dances, Steel Floats" gave the incorrect location for the production. It will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday near Mutual Riverfront Park at the end of Hamburg Street, not at Silo City.
On Saturday afternoon, I caught the very start of City of Night, the mammoth arts festival sponsored by Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo. Like last year's version, it was packed with interactive art installations scattered around the post-industrial site and inside its endlessly photogrpahable, out-of-use buildings. Word from organizers is that the second festival attracted some 12,000 people -- about 4,500 more than expected -- though it's unclear exactly how they counted. Here are some pics:
Composer Adam Guettel visits the Shaw Festival on Friday.
At 11 a.m. Friday, the lauded musical theater composer Adam Guettel will give a talk in the Shaw Festiva's Court House Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Guettel's most frequently produced musical "A Light in the Piazza" is on the Shaw Fest's docket this season.
The Honesty Theatre performs the original short play "Cashier's Manifesto" Saturday afternoon near Casa De Arte on Elmwood Ave.
Earlier this afternoon, I caught up with the gifted performers of The Honesty Theatre, whose members I first saw in a revelatory performance during last year's festival in Burning Books. They were getting ready to perform the original short play "A Cashier's Manifesto," a reflection on the hellish experiences of customer service workers everywhere.
The troupe, headed by writer and director Heather Rae Ackerman was nice enough to let me ask them a few questions about the show before Saturday's hilarious performance. Here they are:
Earlier in the week, I stumbled across an advertisment for the show outside of Rust Belt Books, which, because it was made entirely from yarn and ranks as one of the more creative Infringey advertisements I've seen, seems worth re-posting here: