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) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Two new cases of COVID-19 was reported in our area on Tuesday.Chautauqua County officials say there are now 32 confirmed cases, including a new case of a woman in her 50s.There are 4 active cases that continue to recover in quarantine; 25 people recovered and 3 deaths related to the outbreak.In Cattaraugus County, the Health Department was notified of its 36th confirmed case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The case involves a male resident who resides in the southeastern corner of the county and was admitted to Olean General Hospital after experiencing a fall at home on March 26. “He was immediately transferred to Buffalo General Hospital whose care he has been under since the accident,” said officials. “He was tested for COVID-19 on April 25 and the results of his test on April 27 indicated that he was positive for COVID-19.”The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that he has been in contact with and the places that he has visited.Heath officials continue to ask residents to hunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19.
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) Photo: PixabayCORNING — Congressman Tom Reed says more stimulus money is likely to be included in a nearly $1.5 trillion Congressional stimulus package.Reed was asked by WNYNewsNow for his thoughts on another package during his weekly media conference Thursday. The Corning Republican says the package should highlight the efforts of American workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.“What we’ve advocated for is that the stimulus benefits go directly to the American workers,” Reed said. “Workers who’ve showed up through the crisis deserve a bonus, in my humble opinion. This is not only just our heroes of our health care workers, but the people that’ve showed up at the convenience stores, our grocery stores.”“What I’ve been advocating for, and trying to push, with the (Trump) Administration and with our Senate colleagues, is we should, if we’re going to do stimulus, let’s give it to the American worker and have them use those monies that they’ve earned in regards to stimulating the economy and making their lives a little bit better off.” Reed previously co-sponsored a bipartisan bill called the “Rewarding American Workers Act” as part of an effort to reword American workers. The bill, however, is currently at a standstill in the House Ways and Means Committee.Multimedia Journalist Justin Gould contributed to this report.
Pixabay Stock ImagePORTLAND – Several area fire departments responded to an early morning blaze at a northern Chautauqua County trailer park Saturday after a propane tank exploded.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says the Portland, Brocton and Westfield Fire Departments were called to 7022 Webster Road Lot 18 just after 3:30 a.m.Deputies say a propane tank explosion caused a fire to start on one side of the trailer.At the time of the explosion there were four people and pets inside, which deputies say all had got out safely. The fire was put out, with damage extending to one side of the residence.Chautauqua County Fire Investigators are currently looking into why the tank exploded. 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)
Greg Peterson interivews Bob Woodward in Summer 2018. Image by the Robert H. Jackson Center.JAMESTOWN – After 20 years at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, one of the center’s co-founders will retire from his position on Monday.Center President Kristan McMahon announced on Friday that Gregory Peterson is retiring from the center’s board of directors.Peterson co-founded the Robert H. Jackson Center in 2001, along with Elizabeth S. Lenna and Carl Cappa. He has served on the Board since the Center’s inception.“We are grateful for Greg’s leadership and legacy of outstanding community service,” said McMahon in a statement. “I want to publicly thank Greg for his Board service and for his dedication to Robert H. Jackson and his legacy. We would not be where we are today without his commitment to the dream of what the Jackson Center could be, his drive and enormous heart to make that a reality, and his heroically-scaled video documentation of everything we have ever done.” In addition to Peterson’s work as a Jackson Center Board member, he serves on numerous boards and committees, including The Resource Center Foundation, Jamestown Professional Baseball Executive Committee, of which he is Chairman, and the Business Council of New York State.“It has been an amazing 20 years of serving at the Robert H. Jackson Center,” Mr. Peterson reflected. “I look forward to watching the Center’s growth under its current leadership.”He has also served as a member and former President of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, former member and Past President of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and former Board member of the Fredonia College Foundation.A lifelong resident of Jamestown, Peterson received his undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University.Currently, he is a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP. 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)
Theater may be our favorite thing in the world, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate its ridiculous side now and again. After a 10-month hiatus, Gerard Alessandrini’s Main Stem revue roast Forbidden Broadway is returning to New York. Directed by Phillip George and Alessandrini, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and STILL Kicking will parody popular Great White Way shows beginning February 22 at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre. The creative team includes musical direction by David Caldwell and lighting by Mark T. Simpson. Related Shows Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! “When we heard Les Miz was coming back for its third Broadway run, it was a wake-up call that it was time for us to resume,” said Alessandrini in a statement. “We’ll start with Pippin, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Motown, and as the season unfolds, we’ll add Rocky, Cabaret, Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, etc. Then we can officially open the new edition around Awards Season.” Alessandrini created the first edition of Forbidden Broadway in 1982. Since then it has garnered numerous accolades including a special Tony Award. In addition to creating Forbidden Broadway, which has spawned 21 editions, nine cast albums and a record-breaking 32 year run in New York, Alessandrini was also an original cast member. Other stage credits include In the Beginning, Mr. President, Madame X: The Musical and The Nutcracker and I. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 View Comments
Laura Osnes View Comments Star Files It’s clear now: August kind of stinks. The weather is brutal, everyone’s on vacation but you, and school looms. But cheer up! There’s tons of fun to be had all over the city, including the Newsies at 54 Below, a gripping new work at the Signature Theater by A.R. Gurney, and a Music Man concert featuring two Cinderella faves. It’s all part of this week’s events!Hop on the Wells Fargo WagonAugust 11 at the Pershing Square Signature CenterWe’ve got trouble right here in New York City! Wait, don’t leave—the good kind of trouble. This concert presentation features a collection of Broadway’s best and brightest–folks like Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Besty Wolfe, and Andrew Keenan-Bolger—singing the evergreen classics. But unlike the local production in your hometown, vocal all-stars, not Dingleberry High’s sophomore president, will tackle “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Shipoopi,” and “Ya Got Trouble.” That’s a big difference, folks. Click for tickets!Check in to The Wayside Motor InnStarts August 12 at the Pershing Square Signature CenterVeteran playwright A.R. Gurney begins his residency at the Signature Theater with his 1978 play The Wayside Motor Inn, an ensemble character study about 10 people—some of whom know each other—staying at the titular lodging. With themes ranging from loneliness to the American dream, this should qualify as the most memorable time involving a motel since that sinful, decadent night…you had the indoor pool all to yourself. Click for tickets!See the New Sailors in Bryant ParkAugust 14 at Bryant ParkYou think Central Park is the only grassy expanse in New York that hosts free theater? Child, please! Broadway in Bryant Park wraps up another season of musical lunch breaks with offerings from the casts of Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Motown the Musical and a sneak peek of the forthcoming revival of On the Town. That’s way better than lunch with Lyle from HR.Get Some Good NewsiesAugust 14 at 54 BelowWe don’t know about you, but we’re just not ready to say goodbye to those lovable newsboys. Before they pirouette off into the sunset August 24, cast members of past and present—including Corey Cott and Liana Hunt—appear in Stop the Presses: Newsboys of New York Rally at 54 Below. We can expect “songs, stories, dances, comedy gold and possibly even some audience participation.” Audience participation? Let’s hope it doesn’t involve fighting Joseph Pulitzer’s goons or delivering the Sunday paper. That sucker’s heavy. Click for tickets!Help Stars Help the HomelessAugust 17 at Covenant HouseOn Broadway, charity is as prominent as good pitch and nimble feet. In the second annual Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, various members of theater community—including Stephanie J. Block, Denis O’Hare and Keala Settle—will spend one night on the street to benefit Covenant House, which helps homeless kids in 21 cities nationwide. Participation is limited to those who have worked on or off-Broadway in any capacity, but you can still donate, and of course, cheer the stars on as they try to get some shut-eye.
View Comments “I don’t really talk about my personal life. [Garai and her actor husband Sam Hoare have a one-year-old daughter, whose name they haven’t revealed.] I think it’s because I started [acting] young and found the attention overwhelming. I would never want my child to turn to me one day and say, ‘You didn’t give me my privacy.’” Current Role: Flora Crewe, a young British poet traveling through India in 1930 who strikes up a spirited friendship with a local portrait painter, in Roundabout’s off-Broadway premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink. Stage and Screen Cred: You’ve seen Garai [pronounced RO-mala Gur-EYE] on film (Atonement, Vanity Fair, Dirty Dancing 2) and TV (The Hour, Emma, The Crimson Petal and the White). Theater credits include the RSC’s King Lear and The Seagull, which made a tour stop at BAM. “I was a terrible showoff as a child and when people would say, ‘You have such an unusual name,’ I’d feel very important. People pronounce it wrongly, but I never correct them because that’s a bore. My last name is actually pronounced with a rolling ‘R,’ but if you asked anyone to do that, they’d hate you forever.” “My family and I were British expats [in Hong Kong and Singapore] for the first part of my life, and I think that helps me connect with this play. I can understand the romantic idea of living outside Britain, even though we were not in India.” Age: 32 Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2014 “I’m such a killjoy when people want to talk about costumes. I’m so over it! In my day-to-day life, I basically wear a tracksuit all the time. I feel so lucky that I don’t have to sleep in rollers and get up and wear a corset every day.” “There’s a sweetness to this play that will surprise people who think of Tom Stoppard as someone who is mainly interested in ideas. It’s a moving play with fantastic female leads. I love playing a woman in that age who is committed to making art. She’s very brave.” Indian Ink Hometown: London, England Related Shows “I never get recognized and that’s a great thing because I’m a very private person. Funnily enough, Americans are more willing to say, ‘Do I know you?’ Then you have to list the things you’ve been in and they say, ‘No, I didn’t see that.’ I guess I have one of those faces that can be made to look different.”
Related Shows The production stars Tony winners Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Emmy winner Megan Mullally, Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint and newcomer Micah Stock, but there’s a Queen waiting in the wings for the Schoenfeld. Helen Mirren is scheduled to begin previews in The Audience at the venue on February 17, 2015. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play, as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. There’s no business like show business. It’s Only a Play Broadway.com has learned that It’s Only a Play, which was proving to be a stellar box office hit before it officially opened on October 9, is now eyeing to remain a little longer on the Great White Way. A spokesperson for Terrence McNally’s comedy said: “The producers would love nothing more than to extend. The demand for tickets remains incredible this morning.” The show, directed by Jack O’Brien, is currently set to play a limited 17-week engagement through January 4, 2015 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
Consent will premiere off-Broadway at The Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The new play, penned and helmed by David Rhodes, will play a limited engagement beginning June 2; opening night is scheduled for June 11.The cast of Consent will include Catherine Curtin (Orange Is The New Black, The Lady of Dubuque, Love, Janis), Michael Goldstein (Belgrade Trilogy), Mark McCullough Thomas (Our Lady of 121st Street, Guiding Light) and Angela Pierce (You Don’t Know Jack, Unburden).Ron Sullivan, former pro-NFL player and award-winning architect, is experimenting with sexual freedom in his SoHo loft. Done with coming out and nearly divorced from his high school sweetheart, Ron has a chance encounter with Kurt, a hot Yale law student, that pushes him to the edge of his sexual boundaries…or beyond them. The passion that follows transforms both men, and ripples into the lives of Ron’s wife and his sister Emily. Emily questions the ethics and risks of sex games, but it’s ultimately up to the audience to determine who is seducing whom in the murky realm of power play and consent.The production will feature scenic design by Scott Tedmon-Jones, costume design by Izzy Fields, lighting design by John Eckert, sound design by Chad Raines, video design by Chelsie McPhilimy and props by Addison Herren.Consent is not a production of Roundabout Theatre Company although it is playing in a Roundabout space. View Comments
David Shiner & Bill Irwin (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Q: Bill, you’ve acted in Beckett plays, won a Tony for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and done clown shows like Old Hats and Fool Moon. How would you compare them? BILL: They’re very different, but there’s a kind of kinship. Edward Albee, the premier dark playwright of the American theater, would show up at rehearsal and quote his favorite lines from Auntie Mame. He would stand at the back of the theater, not facing the stage, and sort of conduct the music of his play. He grew up in a vaudeville family, and it’s not so far from Edward Albee to the vaudeville roots David and I celebrate.Q: The show is called Old Hats, but a 25-year-old would have a hard time keeping up with the physical comedy you do. What’s your secret? DAVID: You just take care of yourself. I’ve never seen Bill drink alcohol, ever. I don’t drink either. The passion for the work keeps you fit. Of course it’s exhausting, and everything aches when you get out of bed, but that’s gone in 10 minutes after a coffee.BILL: The show itself is kind of a structured workout, and we love what we do. We’re holding on for dear life because we want to keep doing it. Q: Do you remember your first impressions of each other?DAVID: My first impression was that he was the god of clowning.BILL: He always says this!DAVID: No, it’s true. I saw a video of him in [the 1982 solo piece] The Regard of Flight, and I thought, “That is the best clown in the world. Period.” Nobody was doing what he did, [combining] dance, theater, mime, music and clowning.BILL: That touches my heart. But do you remember when we first met? We were like two dogs sniffing each other.DAVID: I was just overwhelmed. When he came to see Cirque du Soleil, I was spying from behind the curtain, going, “Holy shit! Bill Irwin is here. I’ve got to be good tonight.”BILL: Here’s my story: My mother and I were at Cirque du Soleil, looking down on Shiner doing his act. She was always tolerant of my being a clown, but I don’t remember her rolling with laughter. But with Shiner, she could not sit up straight! I’ve been watching him from the wings for 25 years now, thinking, “How does he do that?” People laugh; they don’t get mad. Related Shows When the sublime clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner saunter on stage in baggy tailcoats, loose ties and top hats, it’s impossible not to smile. Within seconds, that smile turns into nonstop laughter as Irwin and Shiner wordlessly engage in a comically violent political debate, play a hobo on a park bench (Shiner) or a businessman wrestling with his iPad selfie (Irwin). These are just three of many highlights in Old Hats, the funniest show in New York and a rare chance to see two masters in top form, aided by sly singer/songwriter Shaina Taub and her band. Sitting together at Signature Theater before a recent evening performance, Irwin and Shiner look like accountants, but don’t be fooled: Shiner will soon morph into a lascivious, ponytailed magician alongside Irwin as his sexy female assistant. How do they keep a straight face amid the mayhem? It isn’t easy.Q: You two have known each other for 25 years. What makes this such a special partnership?BILL: I’m dying to hear what he will say.DAVID: I think it’s because we love and respect each other so much, artistically and personally.BILL: …which is not the same thing as saying we understand each other! Old Hats Q: David can be hilariously abrupt when he pulls strangers from the audience for a silent movie segment, but they love it. DAVID: There’s a secret to that: You have to like people a lot. When I bring someone on stage, I want to make sure they have fun. I’m not there to make them look stupid—although I do that! But they end up having fun watching me make fun of them. It helps that they’ve already seen Bill and me do all kinds of crazy things. By the time I pull them on stage, they’ve begun to trust us because they can see we know what we’re doing. The key is to make them feel they’re not being… what would you say, Bill?BILL: …misused. At this point in our long history, that [ability] is less mysterious to me than how you crawl through the audience.DAVID: Oh, that’s fun. It looks like I’m manhandling them, but I’m light on my feet. Q: What’s your favorite part of the show?DAVID: All the numbers with Bill. I’m always biting my lip [to avoid laughing]. During the magic act, I can’t look at him because the faces he makes are so ridiculous. And he’s really invested in his character.BILL: People ask me, “Have you done much drag?” And I say, “I don’t think of it as drag. I’m playing a woman!” My favorite part is when we play the two [pompous] guys waiting for a train.DAVID: They’re such losers. It’s existential because those two guys missed the train a long time ago.Q: You’re great dancers, and you’ve both had short runs in Broadway musicals [Shiner in 2000’s Seussical; Irwin in the 2009 revival of Bye Bye Birdie]. Is that something you would want to do again?DAVID: Never! Even if I come back in my next life as an actor, I will never do a Broadway musical again. If I’ve made any mistake in my career, that was it.BILL: I don’t see any huge demand for me, so it’s not a question I need to ponder too deeply. I do love the musical form, although it’s often disappointing.DAVID: For me, it was terrifying to be around so many talented singers. I was just a clown! The Cat in the Hat, OK, I looked the part, but when I started singing, I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned my microphone off. I would like to do a play. It would be fun to play a character who is evil incarnate, someone aligned with the devil.BILL: I’ve gotta say, playing a serial killer on CSI was fun for a while, but I was glad when he died. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 3, 2016 View Comments