A Curtain Up New Jersey Review… The Seedbed

The Seedbed

… a humdinger of a play … a hotbed of uncomfortable truths, uncovered secrets and unforeseeable consequences, all waiting to surface … Delaney’s characters are complicated and compelling in their emotional diversity … a welcome addition to contemporary Irish dramatic literature.” – Simon Saltzman, Curtain Up New Jersey Read the full review …   


Theatre Review: “Amadeus” by Mary Best

Amadeus

The marriage of songs and drama is often celebrated when presented as a musical production, but what about the role of music in a play? Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus,” the sensationalized story of one man’s feud with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lends itself well to the idea on paper. However, it’s the magic of the JoAnn Falletta-led… Read more »


Joint Venture Makes For Cohesive AMADEUS

Amadeus

Collaboration among Western New York arts groups can only help serve the better good of the community and a happy pairing of Irish Classical Theatre with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is playing out at Kleinhans Music Hall, as both groups present Peter Shaffer’s TONY and Academy Award winning AMADEUS. While integrating live music with theatrical… Read more »


Theatre Review: “Amadeus” by Manya Fabiniak

Amadeus

Theatre Review: ‘Amadeus’ by Irish Classical Theatre Company & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall Manya Fabiniak Collaborations often provide an opportunity to create a whole better than its parts, with each member amplifying the gifts of the other. But when those involved possess the stellar talents of the Irish Classical Theatre Company and… Read more »


Stellar Cast Delves in Drama of “Equus”

Equus

Near perfection. That is what the Irish Classical Theatre has achieved in their exciting new production of Peter Shaffer’s EQUUS. Shaffer’s poignant and often unsettling drama about a troubled teenager who commits an unspeakable act against horses can be difficult to process and to watch. The story relates how the teen is committed to a… Read more »


FOUR BUFFALOS! Strong cast revives EQUUS

Equus

THE BASICS:  EQUUS, the 1973 drama by Peter Shaffer presented by The Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by David Oliver, stars Vincent O’Neill as the psychiatrist Martin Dysart, PJ Tighe as the troubled Alan Strang, with strong support from Margaret Massman, Greg Gjurich, Wendy Hall, Kelsey Mogensen et. al. (including “horses”). EQUUS runs through November… Read more »


You Need To See “Equus”

Equus

Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” may be outdated psychiatrically but it remains a great bit of theater because of the story and its conflict.  It’s a conflict between psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Vincent O’Neill) and disturbed young patient Alan Strang (PJ Tighe). Strang has been sent to his second-rate psychiatric hospital in Southern England by a local magistrate,… Read more »


Be prepared to be Blown Away!

Equus

All this Sex and Sensationalism is all right because it comes from a disturbed mind.  And is given big intellectual saddlebags.  So now Come to the Secret Pounding Copulations of the Centaurs! Yeeaaaaah!!! Here we are in a town in southern England, farm country, near the coast.  At Rokesby Psychiatric Hospital, we are in the office… Read more »


“Superb…you NEED to see this production.”

Equus

One of my bigger regrets in my theatrical life was not seeing “Equus” on Broadway. Luckily for myself and all other Buffalo theatergoers, there is a Broadway caliber production being performed at Irish Classical Theater. Now those who regularly read my reviews (thanks if you do) know that I am not one to mince words…. Read more »


“Instruments of strife and fate and the gods at play”

Sweet Bird of Youth

Here we are in St. Cloud on the Gulf Coast on Easter Sunday 1956, in a bedroom of the Royal Palms Hotel.  Uh, oh.  Chance Wayne is back in town.  There’s a woman still sleeping in the bed, Chance gets up and moves around, pours himself a drink. We find out that Chance left town… Read more »