“Superb…you NEED to see this production.”

Equus - Irish Classical Theatre Buffalo, NY

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 - Irish Classical Theatre Buffalo, NY

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 »

“There’s nothing like a good delusion.”

Sweet Bird of Youth - Irish Classical Theatre Buffalo, NY

For theatrical purposes, there’s nothing like a good delusion.  It’s Tennessee Williams and “Sweet Bird of Youth.” That’s Chance Wayne (Patrick Cameron), good looking and fading, returning to his Gulf Coast home town because he remains in love with the daughter of the area’s political boss, Heavenly Finley (Renee Landrigan). Boss Finley (Stan Klimecko) has… Read more »

Sweet Bird of Youth “highly satisfying”

Sweet Bird of Youth - Irish Classical Theatre Buffalo, NY

One of the great plays of the Tennessee Williams oeuvre, Sweet Bird of Youth follows the efforts of Chance Wayne, once the bright star of his generation in 1950s St. Cloud, Florida, to be reunited with the girl he loves. Chance has returned to town in the company of movie star Alexandra Del Lago, convinced… Read more »

Irish Classical mounts an enthralling “Sweet Bird of Youth”

Sweet Bird of Youth - Irish Classical Theatre Buffalo, NY

The flame of youth burns hottest just before it dies, and everyone in range of Tennessee Williams’ heart-wrenching play “Sweet Bird of Youth” gets scorched. In Fortunato Pezzimenti’s sultry and doom-drenched production that opened Friday night in the Andrews Theater, that flame shoots bright and straight from the mouths of Aleks Malejs and Patrick Cameron…. Read more »

Perfect mix of laughs, laments in “A Little Night Music”

A Little Night Music

by Colin Dabkowski, The Buffalo News 3-1/2 Stars (out of 4) Five times a week through Oct. 18, theatergoers will make their way into the Andrews Theatre on Main Street, the orchestra will strike up a waltz and the outside world will melt completely away. In its place arose Chris Kelly’s light, lithe and beautifully… Read more »

“A little Night Music” – Send in the clowns

A Little Night Music

SEND IN THE CLOWNS, a review by Anthony Chase, ARTVOICEA Little Night Music beautifully played at Irish Classical Theatre Company Elegant and sophisticated adults behaving like children on a Scandinavian night is the set up for A Little Night Music, the musical now being performed by the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Composer Stephen Sondheim has… Read more »

Elegant night music

A Little Night Music

Stephen Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC elegantly opened the Irish Classical Theatre’s 25th season. Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” this production of the 1973 Tony Award winning musical demonstrates everything that is right about this well established company. Attempting a large musical can be vexing in the relatively small space… Read more »

‘A wonderful piece of entertainment’

A Little Night Music

Irish Classical Theatre Company jumpstarts the 2015 theatre season with A Little Night Music, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Based on an Ingmar Bergman film titled Smiles of A Summer Night, the ICTC production, directed by local stage veteran Chris Kelly, follows the film closely. . . . a… Read more »