Life absurdly imitates melodrama in ICTC’s ‘Stage Kiss’

In Sarah Ruhl’s play, “Stage Kiss,” two actors named only “He” and “She,” are former lovers who went through a bitter breakup years ago. Now, they unexpectedly find themselves cast as a couple who had gone through a bitter breakup years ago. Tawdry life comically imitates hackneyed art when they fall in love all over again. She decides to abandon her husband and daughter and runs off to live with He in his slovenly apartment.

Read Anthony Chase’s full review in The Buffalo News here.

STAGE KISS lets Irish Classical shine with one of their strengths – a well-directed, well-acted, high class farce.

THE BASICS:  STAGE KISS, a comedy by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, starring Tracie Lane and Guy Balotine, part of a talented cast of seven, opened on March 27 and runs through April 24, Wednesdays – Friday at 7:30, 3:00 Saturdays (matinees only) and 2:00 Sundays, produced by the Irish Classical Theatre Company in the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street Buffalo NY 14203. (716) 853-ICTC (4282).  Special ASL interpreted show April 20 at 7:30.  Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission (bar closed during Covid).

Read the full review from Buffalo Rising here.

Welcome 716 Review: Stage Kiss @ Irish Classical Theatre

Is a kiss ever just a kiss? Does every kiss have meaning? Can a kiss in the present be so charged that it propels the couple into a shared past so passionate and painful that all the time in between feels like a dream? What about funny kisses? Bizarre kisses? And most importantly for the show now at ICTC, what about stage kisses?

In the delicious backstage comedy by Sarah Ruhl, those questions are part and parcel of the very entertaining Stage Kiss. Ms. Ruhl has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her writing here is sharp, crisp, and very funny, with warmth and intelligence thrown in for good measure.

Read the full review here.

ICTC’s Cultural Classics Exchange Series

The Irish Classical Theatre Company (ICTC) is delighted to announce the debut of its Cultural Classics Exchange Series, a free reading Series of plays and lore, connecting WNY cultures through the lenses of the dramatic and language arts. What started as a mission to find new ways for the company to become more engaged in the community and become more familiar with stories from other cultures, has led to this groundbreaking series that will also include speaker-led discussions to foster understanding and inclusion of cultures throughout the region.

Read the full article from Buffalo Rising here.

BWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT at Irish Classical Theatre

After a near two year absence, live audiences have returned to Irish Classical Theatre. And the production that inaugurated the company is back again, nestled into it’s home stage, which may never have been dreamt of 30 years ago. Irishman Samuel Beckett‘s WAITING FOR GODOT is on the boards and audiences can once again ponder it’s genius and complexity. Written in French in 1953 and later translated into English by Beckett himself, GODOT is undoubtedly one of his most produced and debated pieces.

Read the full review here.

A ‘Godot’ worth the wait at Irish Classical Theatre

In many ways, Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” is the signature play of Irish Classical Theatre Company. This is the script that introduced brothers Chris and Vincent O’Neill to Buffalo more than 30 years ago. Its success inspired their decision to establish an Irish theater here. Bronze sculptures of scenes from the play adorn the theater lobby, the way stained-glass windows representing scenes from the Bible adorn a church.

Read the full review here.

Welcome 716 Review: Waiting for Godot

Existential angst and sly comedy are on full display at the Andrews Theatre in ICTC’s brilliant production of the Samuel Beckett classic absurdist play, Waiting for Godot, “the vehicle for the Brothers O’Neill coming to Buffalo and putting down roots more than 30 years ago”, according to the Director’s Notes by Kate LoConti Alcocer, ICTC’s Executive Artistic Director.

Read the full review here.

Buffalo Rising Review: Waiting for Godot @ the ICTC

THE BASICS:  The (Irish Classical Theatre Company) ICTC is back with live theater (at last!) with this Andrews Theatre mounting of Samuel Beckett’s 1952 Absurdist classic. Performances continue weekends through February 13. Josephine Hogan directs a cast of five. The show, with its single intermission, runs approximately two hours and ten minutes.

Read the full article here.

The Many Artistic Hats of Anna Krempholtz!

Anna Krempholtz. Photo by Mark Duggan/Nickel City Headshots

Hello Friend,

I am often told I wear a lot of hats, and my work at the Irish Classical Theatre Company is no exception. Helping bring life to productions as an Actress, Fight Captain, and Scenic Artist, I am grateful to have spent so much time under the work lights of The Andrews Theatre. All of these creative experiences have greatly contributed to my journey in the Arts.

The first time the stage lights rose on ICTC’s production of Design for Living, I had to contain myself. Sensing an audience that close to me for the first time was exhilarating! I had never felt so exposed and vulnerable on stage. It was a humbling experience that has become one of the most memorable moments of my career.

Performing at ICTC has also informed my work as a Fight Choreographer. I’ve learned so much from watching other Choreographers’ work, running fight calls as Fight Captain, and performing combat scenes as Ophelia in Hamlet and Annabella in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The arena setting presents different challenges to Fight Choreography, asking us to be more creative in hiding the mechanics of stage punches, kicks, and stabs. ICTC has also been inspirational in pursuing my work as an Intimacy Director – one who stages physically intimate scenes. Because of The Andrews’ exposed and vulnerable setting, it is all the more important to ensure Actors’ confidence in their storytelling.

As a Scenic Artist, the canvas of ICTC’s stage floor has been instrumental in fostering my career in Scenic Painting, and my journey in becoming a proud union member of IATSE United Scenic Artists 829. Having worked as a Scenic Artist on major productions for Netflix, Disney, HBO, and Saturday Night Live, The Andrews Theatre is still my favorite place to paint. A different kind of artistry is involved in painting at ICTC that combines the techniques of traditional theatrical painting with the realism of trompe l’oeil and scenic art for film. From splintery barnwood, to shining parquet floors, from tiers of blood-red faux leather, to a giant rustic American flag, it is always thrilling to create realistic floor textures on that grand of a scale, transforming the play for the audience and the performers.

I am only one of many artists who considers the Irish Classical Theatre Company an inspiring and life-changing place to work. We all agree we cannot wait to come back. Returning to live performances this Season is exciting news, but will only begin with limited seating capacities. A Broadway house cannot run on half capacity, and neither can our local theatres! ICTC needs the extra push from Patrons and Donors so they can continue producing their inspiring plays. I know these have been extremely difficult times, but I ask that you please consider donating to ICTC so that we may get back to wearing those artistic hats that bring our Community together.

Thank you,

Anna Krempholtz



Original Sketch by Anna Krempholtz

This Sweepstakes is conducted by the Irish Classical Theatre Company with the physical address of 625 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Start/End Dates. This Sweepstakes begins on October 28, 2021 and ends December 31, 2021. The Sweepstakes Drawing will occur on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Eligibility. The Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Anna Krempholtz ICTC Sketch Sweepstakes is open to all residents of the United States and Canada. By entering this Sweepstakes, each Entrant gives their express permission to be contacted by email for ICTC’s eNewsletter and Sweepstakes Winner notification purposes. There is NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY to participate in the Sweepstakes. A purchase or payment does not improve your chance of winning.

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Upon completion of the necessary requirements, you will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. Limit one (1) entry per person.

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