Author: Grant Golden

Grant Golden

GRANT GOLDEN wears a number of hats. He has been practicing radiology in Buffalo since 1981, for the past 15 years, with Seton Imaging. Dr Laszlo Tabar, internationally famous mammographer, has been his special friend and mentor. Grant began The Old Chestnut Film Society, Buffalo’s only film society, in 1983. Now in its 35th consecutive season, the OCFS does monthly screenings of Hollywood classics in 16mm. He has written the scores (and some of the books) for a number of locally produced musicals, including the old WONDERMAKERS shows, THE OTHER ISLAND, NOBODY’S INN (Alleyway Theatre), IZZY! (Musicalfare), and ME II (Western Door Playhouse). He reviewed local plays on the radio for 20 years--on WBEN and WBFO—before making the switch to BuffaloRising. Grant and his lovely wife Deborah live in Central Park with their dog Ginger, and cats Ella and Felix. They have three adult children, and now, happily, two grandchildren!

THE BASICS: 1894 Comedy/drama by Oscar Wilde, directed by Josephine Hogan for the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Plays weekends through February 9th at the Andrews Theatre. The play, which appears to have been trimmed down a bit, runs approximately two hours with its single intermission. THUMBNAIL SKETCH: The play takes place in the Rural Midlands of England, at the end of the nineteenth century. Lord Illingworth, a typical Wildean dandy, decides to promote a humble but promising bank clerk, Gerald Arbuthnot, to the position of his personal secretary. By an incredible coincidence, Gerald is, in fact, his own illegitimate son,…

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THE BASICS:  World Premiere of a new holiday show by Tom Dudzick, a former Buffalonian – see Facebook.  It provides an all-new back story for an actual, oddball Buffalo landmark—“Our Lady of Seneca Street”–a seventeen foot high shrine to the Blessed Mother built by barber Joseph Battaglia in 1950.  Dudzick himself directs the cast of four.  The show runs weekends at the Kavinoky Theatre through December 8th.  It is about 90 minutes long, and is performed without an intermission. THUMBNAIL SKETCH:  The action takes place in Buffalo on Christmas Eve, 2010.  A meeting of the Nowak family has been called…

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THE BASICS: This award winning comedy/drama by Bruce Norris deals quite cleverly with racism in the housing market. It is having its local premiere, courtesy of Road Less Traveled Productions, at the 710 Main Theatre, former home of the Studio Arena. CLYBOURNE PARK plays weekends through Dec 1st. The play runs a little over two hours with its single intermission. THUMBNAIL SKETCH: The action takes place in the living room of a modest three-bedroom bungalow in Clybourne Park, a first-ring Chicago suburb. The high concept is that the two acts take place 50 years apart! The first act, set in…

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