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All the world’s a stage, and this month, so is Spree. While we’ve long covered the city’s ever-growing arts scene, this is our most comprehensive look ever at WNY’s storied theater community. From the birth of the minstrel show to the death of Studio Arena, we chronicle the past, present, and future of live performance in Buffalo. You’ll meet everyone from Katharine Cornell to Kelli Bocock-Natale: the actors, directors, and tech wizards who guarantee there’s no business like show business.
By Anthony Chase, Ron Ehmke, Jana Eisenberg, Donna Evans-Deyermond, Donna Hoke, Lisa Kane, Darwin McPherson, Nancy J. Parisi, and James Walkowiak

Christy and Co.: Buffalo's starring role in the best—and worst—of American popular entertainment
By James Walkowiak
Shades of theaters past: The proud legacy of the Erlanger and Teck
By James Walkowiak
Buffalo theater vets discuss the state of the art
By Donna Hoke; photo by kc kratt
Stage write: Local workshop brings playwrights together
By Donna Hoke; photo by kc kratt
Ron Schwartz: Setting the stage
By Donna Hoke; photo by kc kratt

Q & A: Secrets of Shea’s success: Anthony Conte’s love for the business of theater
By Elizabeth Licata; photo by kc kratt
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Only in Bflo: The 40-ounce heard ’round the world
By Kevin Purdy
Spree Insider: A Plaid night, a Gardens gala, and Beyond/In
By Matthew Biddle
September Festivals Calendar

Visual art preview: Beyond/In takes over
By Bruce Adams
Visual art preview: The early days of Artpark
By Bruce Adams
Music: Music is Art’s magic mayhem
By Matthew Biddle
Theater: A 2010–11 top ten
By Darwin McPherson
Plus: Spree’s Donna Hoke introduces audiences to The Couple Next Door.

Gardening: Passion for the hydrangea
By Sally Cunningham
Health: Play safely
By Terri Parsell Hilmey
Style: Facial wellness
By Jana Eisenberg
The world of Tapestry School
By Jennifer Wettlaufer
Welcome to the edu-mill
By Bruce Adams

A review of Torches, the madness of French wine pricing, banner beers at Ellicottville Brewing Company, Bison flies again, spicy recipes, and the month in charity events and galas.
By Mark Criden, Joe George, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Jay Pawlowski, and Sarah Quintal

Take one: Torches' culinary explosions
By Mark Criden; photos by kc kratt
Drinks: Loving and hating the French
By Mark Criden

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there

Bflo Days:
Garden folk show some Buffalo love
By Elizabeth Licata