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Buffalo’s Smallest Gallery Hosts Buffalo’s Shortest Play

Buffalo is already on the map for having the smallest art gallery in the land – inside a phone booth at The Hydraulic Hearth in Larkinville. Now, Buffalo’s shortest play will be performed inside the city’s smallest art gallery.

According to the Director of Fun at Larkinville, Leslie Zemsky, “Continuing our Larkinville style of off beat public art, we are partnering with Torn Space Theater to present Buffalo’s shortest play in Buffalo’s smallest art gallery – (716) GAL-LERY – in the converted phone booth inside the Hydraulic Hearth!  The guests have the experience of listening in on the telephone as they watch an excerpt from AREA a play previously presented at Torn Space and now a video presentation.  The opening is this Saturday, October 10th from 11am to 3pm to coincide with the return of Bagels and Brooze.”

Area-Hydraulic-Buffalo-NY-1“In AREA we follow a young woman as she enters an environment of images that are at times alluring and sometimes shocking,” states Dan Shanahan, Founder of Torn Space. “Although she experiences moments of terror she does not turn back, but remains in search of some unattainable end. As her journey continues, we watch as her past begins to fade obscured by the lens of this new world.”

“We are excited to partner with Torn Space, known for presenting plays in unexpected locations such as this past summer in Silo City,” said Leslie, who is also (716) GAL-LERY chief curator. “Torn Space is also a neighbor to Larkinville, with their theater located around the corner on Fillmore Avenue.”


Who: Torn Space, Hydraulic Hearth, 716-GAL-LERY

What: AREA (Excerpt) @ (716) GAL-LERY

When: Saturday, October 10th, through November 25th, 2015

Where: Hydraulic Hearth, 716 Swan St., Larkinville

Why: Buffalo’s shortest play presented in Buffalo’s smallest art gallery. Following on the heels of the recent exhibition Still Images | Moving Pictures, which explored the beginnings of motion pictures, comes another performing arts installation: AREA (Excerpt) @ (716) GAL-LERY

Written and directed by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola

Video design by Brian Milbrand and Timothy Stegner

Video editing by Brian Milbrand, Sound design by Justin Rowland

Performers – Kara McKenney and Becky Globus

Text used in the phone conversation from Raymond Carver – Are These Actual Miles

AREA (2015) will be on display through Thanksgiving, 2015. For more information about Torn Space, visit For more about Hydraulic Hearth and its (716) GAL-LERY, visit


^Buffalo’s smallest art gallery – pick up the phone and listen about the current exhibit


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