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Reviews of two locally written books

February 6, 2016 One large change has taken place in the writing of this column in recent years: self publishing has meant that vastly more people who live within our publication area are publishing books. more »»

More than a little bit about ‘Hamlet’

January 30, 2016 Many people have opinions, of course, but a great many will say that an actor has achieved an undeniable success when he has triumphed as the title character of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet. more »»

The ‘Winks’ of the Critical Eye

January 23, 2016 Welcome readers! This week, I’d like to share with you a larger than usual number of the short, arts-related announcements which we call ‘‘The Winks of the Critical Eye. more »»

A history lesson on the Jamestown Concert Association

January 16, 2016 The year 1943 was not a happy, nor a prosperous one for the people of Jamestown. The last vestiges of the Great Depression were still lingering in the air. more »»

‘Woman in Gold’ built around a true story

January 9, 2016 No less an expert on evil than Adolf Hitler once said, ‘‘If you take a people’s art away from them, you take away their sense of themselves, and then you can mold them into whatever it serves you to... more »»

Good reads

January 2, 2016 Good morning, and welcome to our first Critical Eye of 2016. Speaking as a person who still thinks of 2015 as ‘‘the new year,’’ I find myself accepting the change and moving forward. more »»

Looking back fondly at 2015

December 26, 2015 This is our final column in the calendar year of 2015, so let’s begin by wishing you Happy New Year! May 2016 be filled with happiness and success, for each and every one of you. more »»

Christmas symbols and practices

December 19, 2015 This is our last column before Christmas, and I wish that you will have joy on Dec. 25, whether you celebrate that day as a religious holiday or not. more »»

Final performance of ‘Nutcracker’ this afternoon

December 12, 2015 I hope you’re a morning reader of this column. If you are, you just have time to make it to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts by 2 p.m. more »»

‘Lulu’ production was a source of rich inspiration

December 5, 2015 Very few things in this life are entirely good, or entirely bad. more »»

Albright-Knox Art Gallery opens new exhibit

November 21, 2015 BUFFALO — Recently, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery opened a new exhibit of 40 gloriously beautiful paintings, mostly by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. more »»

A look at books from local authors

November 14, 2015 Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a column about books — one of my favorite topics. more »»

Evening of cabaret coming to Fredonia Opera House

September 26, 2015 Chances are that unless you’ve been to Europe or at least to the night spots of New York City, you’ve never known the excitement of true cabaret. On Oct. more »»

How to squeeze six play reviews into one column

September 5, 2015 NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT. — Most of us are prisoners of our own tastes. more »»

Three more Stratford Festival play reviews

August 28, 2015 STRATFORD, ONT. — Last week, I shared with you my experiences at the Stratford Festival in Canada. more »»

Stratford Festival is worth the trip

August 22, 2015 STRATFORD, ONTARIO — To a lover of the theater, there is no more wonderful place in the world than Stratford, Ontario, and its wonderful Stratford Festival. more »»

‘Carmina Burana’ to be performed at Chautauqua

July 10, 2015 CHAUTAUQUA — There is good news for those who love their music exciting and energetic. On July 25 and Au. more »»

Artists at Chautauqua discuss upcoming season

July 4, 2015 CHAUTAUQUA — To me, the two most important points at which to understand people are when they’re at their best and when they’re at their worst. Next Saturday at 8:15 p.m. more »»

Four play reviews from annual Shaw Festival

June 13, 2015 My life has been greatly enriched recently with success in attending the Shaw Festival earlier in their season than I usually manage to do. more »»

Susan Crossett’s new book and others reviewed

May 30, 2015 Spring has been hectic, in covering the arts of Western New York, and I have been impatiently waiting for an opportunity to share with you my thoughts on the publication of a new novel by Chautauqua... more »»

CD recording by interesting contemporary composer

May 2, 2015 Good news for readers and lovers of recorded music: this week, the Critical Eye will be examining a CD recording by a most interesting contemporary composer, plus a pair of the many books which have... more »»



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