Independence Day Weekend Will Be Hot And Dry, With Highs In The 80s

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Very warm and dry conditions are expected through the Independence day weekend and well into next week.For Today, partly cloudy with a very small chance for an isolated shower. Highs will be in the mid to upper-80’s with a slight decrease in the humidity levels.Tonight the annual Mayville fireworks show should go off without a hitch. Mainly clear skies with temperatures in the evening in the lower-70’s. Overnight lows drop back to near 60. For Sunday, Mainly sunny with highs again in the upper-80’s to near 90. The humidity levels will rise once again.There will be no relief in the heat or any big chances for rain heading into next week. Sunshine and temperatures into the lower 90’s for most of the week and lows at night in the mid-60’s.In addition, a rise in the humidity levels will make it feel just uncomfortable outside. Heat advisories are likely. The best chance for rain, and even then will be spotty at best is looking to be mid-week.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14-Year-Old Girl Charged With Assault After Allegedly Kicking Sheriff’s Deputy

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.LIMESTONE – A 14-year-old Cattaraugus County girl is charged with assault after allegedly kicking a Sheriff’s Deputy during an incident this week.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were attempting to assist the teen in getting mental health treatment during a welfare check in the Town of Limestone on Tuesday morning.Deputies say the girl became combative and kicked a deputy and their patrol vehicle multiple times.The teen, deputies say, was taken to Olean General Hospital under the state’s mental health law for evaluation. The girl is charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.Deputies say she was issued an appearance ticket and the case has been turned over to the probation department for further court proceedings. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bonnies Woman’s Basketball Team To Play Home Opener Next Sunday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock ImageST. BONAVENTURE – The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team will host Marshall Dec. 13 at 1:00 p.m. in what will be the Bonnies’ 2020-21 home opener.The Bonnies and the Thundering Herd will meet for just the second time with the first matchup between the two schools happening 25 years ago.The two teams met in a tournament hosted by Villanova on Dec. 29, 1995, with St. Bonaventure defeating Marshall, 84-73.With the addition of Marshall to the schedule, the Bonnies are now slated for three non-conference games including a Dec. 19 date at Buffalo and a trip to St. John’s Dec. 22. last_img read more

Kiss Her, She’s (Playing) Irish! Outside Mullingar’s Debra Messing Reveals How Megan, Bernadette & Annie Led Her to B’way

first_img Can we talk about the scarves? Oh, the scarves! I thought it was funny that people were so focused on it. I actually endorsed the wearing of it. I thought it was authentic. She’s a creative woman living in Brooklyn. You know, you wear layers! It made sense to me because she’s a mom and it’s practical. So [the online chatter about the costumes] didn’t bother me, but I guess at some point it bothered the network because when the second season came back, they said no more scarves. Did Smash make you want to come to Broadway? There’s no question Smash whet my appetite. To get to sit there behind a table and watch the likes of Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty singing their faces off—it was a thrill for me every single day. I definitely think it paved the way for me to have the courage to say, “OK, I’m ready to try and take a stab at being back on stage after all of these years.” See Messing in Outside Mullingar, opening January 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Star Files She’s got an Emmy, acclaim for her eight years as the unsinkable Grace Adler on Will & Grace, the devotion of theater people everywhere for her role as lyricist Julia Houston on Smash and a swell Broadway beau. What else does Debra Messing need? How about a chance to show off her acting chops and impeccable comic timing in her Broadway debut as the lovelorn Rosemary in John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. The actress chatted with about finding her inner lass, going bananas for Annie and the deal with the schmattas. Can you pinpoint when you knew you wanted to be a performer? When I saw Andrea McArdle in Annie on Broadway when I was a kid. I nearly jumped out of my seat. I remember turning to my parents and saying, “I want to do that.” It never wavered. It was always, “ I want to do theater! I want to be a working actor.” That was my prayer and my goal. Theater is my first and abiding love. What’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing in Ireland? Doing her best to pretend she’s an Irish lass who’s a farmer. I would be lying if I didn’t say that it put a lot of anxiety in me that everyone in the cast is Irish—except me—including the playwright, the director and the designers. I mean everybody is Irish. You posted a picture on Instagram of how close the front row is. Very close! You know what I didn’t realize is that even though it’s close, you really can’t see people’s faces very well because the lights are so strong during curtain call. I had assumed that when you came out to bow, you’d be able to see everybody. Even though you can’t see everyone, you can certainly feel the love. What else surprised you about Broadway? It’s been 15 years since I’ve done a play—the last one was Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories at Manhattan Theatre Club—and going out on stage in front of the first audience, as adrenaline-filled and nervous as I was, it felt like coming home. It was surprising and wonderful to feel happy and comfortable back on the stage. Debra Messing At least you already had the red hair. Yes. Check. We have to talk about Smash. I love Smash! You are the last of the four Will & Grace leads to come to Broadway. Have you been in contact with them [Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally] about it? Eric wrote me the day of my first preview. He was just wonderful telling me I’d “kill it.” I wrote back, “You’re an old pro, but it’s my first time and I’m just trying to breathe.” He’s going to come out here and see it at some point. He’s been so great about it. People who expect to see Grace Adler in Outside Mullingar are going to find a quirky, yearning Irish woman instead. When I read this play, I had never encountered characters like this. Ever. There’s something incredibly original and unique about them. They’re very quirky, but they’re also honest and pure and passionate. There’s no cynicism. John Shanley creates a language of his own every time he writes a new play, and I was just drawn in and mesmerized by his lyricism and poetry. And yet it’s not a sentimental piece. You feel like it’s going to be one thing, and it ends up being something else. Outside Mullingar This is a reunion for you and John Patrick Shanley. What do you remember from the first time you worked with him [in Four Dogs and a Bone 20 years ago]? It was very heady. When I was in acting school and studying theater in college, we studied John Patrick Shanley’s plays as part of our curriculum. I remember walking in and meeting him when I was cast as the understudy in Four Dogs and a Bone. I couldn’t speak at first. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that I had just graduated from NYU and my first job in New York, there I was, working with him on a new play. He validated me; he chose me. He saw something in me. It was an incredibly important moment for me. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 16, 2014 With that in mind, how did you feel about stepping on a Broadway stage for the first time? The first time I walked on the stage was before our set was even brought in. I walked on stage, and I was breathless. Tears came to my eyes. I just stood there and looked out at this beautiful theater that was illuminated. It’s a particularly beautiful, comforting space. Standing on that stage and looking out—that moment that I had always dreamt about was happening. It was very emotional for me. View Comments What makes you the most anxious? I felt a bit of trepidation and nerves primarily about the accent. Brian O’Byrne was born right down the street from Mullingar. I am also a huge fan of his, so there’s that on top of everything else. I just want to blend in in the best possible way and to be in the same world as everyone else on stage dialect-wise.last_img read more

Most Wanted! Philosophy for Gangsters Opens Off-Broadway

first_img The cast features Courtney Romano, Tom White, David Demato, Tally Sessions, Bruno Iannone, Shabazz Green, Kyle Robert Carter and Leajato Amara Robinson. Philosophy for Gangsters follows Mafia heiress Callie Rizzoli who has a lot on her plate. A street gang is fighting to take over her territory. She wants to make someone pay for her parents’ deaths. To top it off, she and the philosopher she’s kidnapped are lifted to top slot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Philosophy for Gangsters is a clever, provocative comedy about ideas and messy deaths. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2014 View Comments Philosophy For Gangsters Philosophy for Gangsters makes an offer you can’t refuse as it opens February 4 at The Beckett Theatre. Written and directed by Barry and Reparta Peak, the mobster comedy will play a limited off-Broadway engagement through March 1. Related Showslast_img read more

12 Things Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Of Mice and Men

first_imgYou probably know it as the novella you had to read for ninth grade English class, but John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men also has a storied stage history. Another chapter gets written on April 16, when a new Broadway revival opens at the Longacre Theatre. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the production stars James Franco as George and Chris O’Dowd as Lennie, two friends and migrant workers whose quest for the American dream takes a hard turn. Let’s learn more about this American classic! Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz. …But the Dog Ate His Homework “After two months of fooling around, my new work is really going and that makes me very happy—kind of an excitement like that you get near a dynamo from breathing pure oxygen,” Steinbeck wrote to a friend in 1936. Steinbeck probably wasn’t so stoked when his Irish Setter ate nearly half the manuscript. The author had two months to recreate the missing parts. Star Files …But No One’s Messing with the Dialogue For stage and screen stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester (Curley’s Wife), who are all making their Broadway debuts, the new production is a learning experience. “[With new plays], there are usually rewrites on the fly because new dynamics are found while putting the scenes on their feet,” Franco wrote in his column for “With a classic play—especially if the writer is dead, like John Steinbeck is dead—it’s the opposite. The words are holy; do NOT fug with them!” Wanna Work with James Franco? Ask! When Director Anna D. Shapiro (a Tony winner for August: Osage County) first approached Franco to star in Of Mice and Men, he was definitely interested. “[The play] gives us everything about life in a compact little parable,” he explained. “Work, friendship, love, jealousy, violence, death, loneliness, everything is there. It’s the ultimate dramatic bromance and something that has lived in my heart from the first time I read it for Mrs. Paugh’s ninth grade English class.” But sadly, Hollywood’s notorious project juggler was unavailable. Shapiro tried again a few years later, their schedules aligned, and soon, Of Mice and Men was on its way back to Broadway. Related Shows Steinbeck Wrote What He Knew Growing up in the agricultural region of Salinas Valley, CA, young John frequently observed the field hands in their shacks. Later, Steinbeck worked as a ranch hand on local ranches. The experiences and people of rural California affected him and found their way into his writing. Of Mice and Men is set in—you guessed it—Salinas Valley. The Revivals and Remakes Mounted The play-novella inspired an opera by Carlisle Floyd in 1970, which was later performed by the New York City Opera in 1983. The play returned to Broadway in 1974 with James Earl Jones playing Lennie. Two TV movies were followed, paving the way for the 1992 feature film with Gary Sinise (who also directed) as George and John Malkovich as Lennie. Adapted by Horton Foote, the film was a labor of love: A 16-year-old Sinise had cried when he first saw the play on a class trip to Minneapolis, and he and Malkovich subsequently starred in a production together at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1980. Mice Was a Hit After 207 performances, Of Mice and Men headed to Los Angeles in 1939, with Lon Chaney Jr. assuming the role of Lennie. That same year, Cheney Jr. and Burgess Meredith starred in the Aaron Copland-scored movie, which received an Oscar nod for Best Picture. Steinbeck Enlisted Help… With the help of playwright George S. Kaufman (You Can’t Take it with You), Steinbeck expanded the role of Curley’s wife—the character deliberately does not have a name—to “add more of a love interest and to enhance the melodrama,” according to The New York Times. The novel and the play both debuted in 1937, during the Great Depression. See Of Mice and Men, opening April 16 at the Longacre Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Of Mice and Men Steinbeck Was a Multitasker While writing Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck, covered the tough lives of the migrant workers who flocked to California during harvest times. The resulting journalism, a series of articles for The San Francisco News in 1936 (“The Harvest Gypsies”), provided the inspiration for Steinbeck’s classic 1940 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Of Mice and Men Became a Hot Title Before it became a rite of public school education, Of Mice and Men was a critical success and a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Steinbeck became an international name, touring England, Russia, Ireland and Sweden. Chris O’Dowd James Franco A Play Was Always In the Cards Steinbeck described Of Mice and Men as a “play-novelette,” a form of his own invention. Basically, it’s a short novel with “the sparseness of language and description of a play.” As soon he finished the book, Steinbeck began working on the script. View Comments Lennie & George Might Be Funnier Steinbeck’s play isn’t exactly a comedy, but the two best friends have their moments in the new revival. “Anna has said a few times, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen that [line] done in that way before,’” Franco told The New York Times. “It’s not like [O’Dowd and I are] cracking jokes—it’s not like Steinbeck is Chris Rock—but it’s fun.” …But He Skipped Out on Opening Night The play opened at the Music Box Theater in November 1937, featuring stage and screen stars Wallace Ford as George and Broderick Crawford as Lennie—the production won the New York Drama Critic Circle Award. Steinbeck, however, wasn’t there for opening night; he was living in an Oklahoma migrant camp while researching The Grapes of Wrath.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Los Monologos de la Vagina

first_img Related Shows Tickets for Los Monólogos de la Vagina, a Spanish version of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, are now on sale. Directed by Jaime Matarredona, the play will begin performances on May 6 at the Westside Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for May 18. Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale will appear in the show from May 6 through June 1. They will be joined May 6 through May 11 by Miriam Colón. From May 14, Vale’s mother, Angélica María, will board the production. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. The original production played over 1300 performances from 1999 to 2003 at The Westside Theatre. Los Monólogos de la Vagina will be modeled after the current Mexico City production. View Comments Los Monologos de la Vagina Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014last_img read more

Second Stage’s The Other Thing Cancels Performance

first_imgDue to a fire in an attached building, the May 13 performance of The Other Thing at off-Broadway’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre has been canceled. The Second Stage Uptown production expects to resume performances on May 14.The play follows Kim, a journalist who follows a father and son team of ghost hunters to a haunted barn in rural Virginia. Her assignment turns into an unforgettable night as they prepare for ghost sightings.The cast includes Samantha Soule, John Patrick Doherty, John Doman and Bhavesh Patel. The play, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is scheduled to open officially on May customers with tickets to tonight’s performance will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway Theaters Will Dim Their Lights for Brian Friel, Dead at 86

first_imgBroadway theaters will dim their lights in honor of Tony-winning playwright Brian Friel, who passed away on October 2 at age 86. The theater marquees will be dimmed in his memory on December 8 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.”Known as a gifted storyteller whose work achieved international acclaim for over four decades, Brian Friel’s writing explored social and political life in Ireland through lyrical dramas which played notably on the Broadway stage,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and many fans.”Born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in Northern Ireland, Friel was one of Ireland’s most prominent playwrights. He penned 24 published plays, two short-story collections and three unpublished and eight published adaptations or versions, most notably from Ibsen, Chekov and Turgenev. On Broadway, Friel’s works included Philadelphia, Here I Come, The Loves of Cass McGuire, Lovers, The Mundy Scheme, The Freedom of the City, Faith Healer,Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa and Wonderful Tennessee.Dancing at Lughnasa won three Tonys in 1992, including Best Play. Lovers (1969) and Philadelphia, Here I Come (1966) both received Tony nominations for Best Play.   View Commentslast_img read more

Matilda Celebrates 1,500 Broadway Performances

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Rejoice, maggots! The delightfully revolting musical Matilda celebrated 1,500 Broadway performances on November 16. The company, including current Matildas Aviva Winick, Ava Briglia and Willow McCarthy as well as Lesli Margherita and Bryce Ryness, stepped out to celebrate Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s touching tuner. Previous Miss Honey Allison Case also reunited with the cast (see below). Take a look at our adorable hot shots from the event and be sure to catch Matilda through January 1, 2017 at the Shubert Theatre! ‘Matilda”s past & present company members(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Commentscenter_img Matilda Related Showslast_img read more