Month: January 2021

County Dems Endorse Lawyer For County Executive Bid

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) Image via the Law Office of Richard J. Morrisroe.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee has endorsed a Dunkirk City Attorney as its candidate for Chautauqua County Executive.County Chair Norman Green says 45-year-old Attorney Richard Morrisroe will take on Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel in this fall’s election.Wendel was appointed as the county’s next Executive by lawmakers during the legislature’s re-organization meeting in January after New York State Senator George Borrello left the office.Morrisroe has a general law practice with offices in Dunkirk and Buffalo. He currently lives in Dunkirk with his wife, mother-in-law and two sons. Green additional says the Democratic Committee endorsed Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson for re-election and Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano.last_img read more

New York State Orders Some Business Closures In Attempt To Stop Virus

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),What about factory’s that make food. Photo: PxHereJAMESTOWN – Starting Monday at 8 p.m. gyms, movie theaters, casinos, restaurants and bars will close by order of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.The Governor’s Office says these facilities will remain closed until further notice, minus restaurants and bars being open for take out. The Governor says per a state law change, even alcohol can be order as takeout.Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and medical facilities will remain open.Cuomo recommends that only essential services and businesses stay open after 8 p.m. Most schools in the state have already closed for an undetermined amount of time, but by Wednesday, the rest of them will be closed, as well. This closure will last at least two weeks. Cuomo says that if conditions “miraculously” improve, the schools could be reopened.While this massive shutdown takes place, Cuomo encouraged families to spend time together. Local, state and county park fees are waived during this time.The capacity of hospitals will go beyond Department of Health regulations for the time being. This will allow the facilities to increase space.It is not yet decided, but the state may cancel elective surgeries across the state. Space will be needed at hospitals, Cuomo says.last_img read more

FDA Warning Consumers Of Fake COVID-19 Test Kits

first_imgPhoto: CDCWASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration says it’s actively and aggressively monitoring for any fake COVID-19 test kits.According to officials, at this time, there’s no authorized test to purchase for testing yourself for COVID-19 at home.“Fraudulent health claims, tests, and products can pose serious health risks,” the FDA said. “They may keep some patients from seeking care or delay necessary medical treatment.”The FDA says it will take appropriate action to protect consumers from fake tests, including issuing warning letters, seizures, or injunctions. Officials tell us they’ve already identified and issued warning letters to companies found selling and promoting fraudulent items. Additionally, the organization is stepping up enforcement at ports of entry, including International Mail Facilities, to ensure these fraudulent products that originate outside the country do not enter through borders.The FDA asks if you are aware of fraudulent COVID-19 test kits, report it to them. 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

93 Added To County COVID-19 Quarantine Order, Five New Cases Reported

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),information would be nice…………like where WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Ninety-three people were added to the quarantine or isolation order list in Chautauqua County on Wednesday.Officials with the Chautauqua County Health Department say the number of people under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director increased from 166 Tuesday to 259 Wednesday.They say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.Additionally, five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county with the new cases involving a woman in her 30s; a man and woman in their 40s, a man in his 60s, and a woman in her 80s. Health officials say two previous cases reported were removed from the countywide total after the patients were deemed residents of other counties. The two have since been sent back to their appropriate county.Today’s additional cases come a day after county health officials announced a significant increase on Tuesday.There is now a total of 153 COVID-19 cases in the county, with 19 active, with 127 previously recovered, and seven deaths reported since the outbreak began.last_img read more

8 To 10 Foot Pet Snake Rescued From Olean Apartment Fire

first_imgImage by the Olean Fire Department.OLEAN – An 8 to 10-foot pet snake was rescued by City of Olean firefighters during a blaze Tuesday evening.The Olean Fire Department says crews found the snake outside of its cage while searching a second floor apartment on West Greene Street that was filled with heavy smoke.Using a container, crews captured and removed the pet. Firefighters also discovered a second snake, successfully removing it as well.Two pet cats were also recovered; however, they did not survive the fire. The apartment’s tenant, crews say, was not home at the time of the blaze.The Fire Department says the fire was ruled an accident after investigators say flames started when a heat lamp tipped over, igniting combustible materials. Flames then spread to the adjoining walls and ceiling.Crews are now reminding residents using heat lamps to make sure it is secured to prevent them from tipping over. 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

The Light in the Piazza’s Kelli O’Hara & Victoria Clark Reunite

first_img Star Files View Comments The Bridges of Madison County Victoria Clark Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014center_img Related Shows Look who came to Madison County for a visit! Cinderella star Victoria Clark took a break from turning pumpkins into carriages to check in on a very special friend: The Bridges of Madison County star Kelli O’Hara! The pair, who played mother Margaret and daughter Clara in The Light in the Piazza on Broadway in 2005, reunited backstage at the Schoenfeld Theatre after a performance of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s new musical. O’Hara posted this gorgeous Hot Shot of the pair back together again on Twitter—do you see the resemblance? Catch O’Hara in Bridges and Clark in Cinderella on Broadway! Kelli O’Haralast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Brits Eye Beautiful, Kinky & Dusty & More

first_img A Child Explains Kinky Boots, Melts Our Hearts Speaking of Kinky Boots, the below video of a six-year-old explaining the show’s plot went viral this week. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to watch this and go all gooey inside. Happy Friday! Star Files Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. View Comments Beautiful, Kinky and Dusty’s London News A veritable plethora of news out of the West End today. has confirmed that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is likely to be heading to London’s Aldwych Theatre next year, however although its Tony-winning leading lady Jessie Mueller previously revealed to us that she would “gladly hop over the Pond for a while” to reprise her role, according to the Daily Mail, a British actress will headline the tuner in the U.K instead. Meanwhile, the Mail also reports that Kinky Boots is eyeing the Palace Theatre and that a new musical of Dusty Springfield, Dusty, is in the works, helmed by Jonathan Church with a script by Sandi Toksvig. Another tuner based on the pop legend, Forever Dusty, closed off-Broadway last spring.center_img Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Tony-winning Billy Elliot Star Kiril Kulish’s Grown-Up Role We don’t feel old or anything. An all grown up Kiril Kulish, who won a Tony for playing the titular role in Billy Elliot, will appear opposite Twilight’s Booboo Stewart in the movie Sonata. Variety reports that the indie music drama will be penned by Matt Nicholas and Nastassja Sanchez and directed by Brendan Foley. Kulish will play the rival to the yet to be cast female lead. Jessie Muellerlast_img read more

Fish in the Dark’s Larry David Talks B’way Debut

first_img View Comments Fish in the Dark Related Shows Seinfeld co-creator Larry David is making his Broadway debut in his self-penned Fish in the Dark this spring, and he sounds thrilled. “I really got myself in a pickle,” he told David Letterman on January 15’s Late Show. “It’s a big, sour pickle and I can’t get out of it!” The Emmy winner has all sorts of reasons why he’s concerned: “I’m not an actor!” “I don’t even like the theater!” “I’m not gonna be able to remember my lines!” “I’m doing it to get laid!” Check out the hysterical interview below, in which they also discuss the silver lining of starring on Broadway: hotel sex. You can catch (a hopefully more unfazed) David, along with Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orisini, Rita Wilson and more, in Fish in the Dark beginning February 2 at the Cort Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015last_img read more

Living on Love Playwright Joe DiPietro on How His Dog Turned Him into a Diva

first_img View Comments Related Shows Tony winner Joe DiPietro is known for writing the book and lyrics for the Tony-winning musical Memphis as well as All Shook Up, The Toxic Avenger, The Thing About Men, Falling for Eve, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Art of Murder and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, which is the longest-running revue in off-Broadway history. DiPietro’s latest project is Living on Love, a comedy based on Garson Kanin’s Peccadillo, starring opera goddess Renee Fleming. DiPietro invited into his tidy Upper West Side home to talk procrastination, pugs and how fear motivates him.What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write?I generally have a plan of what I am specifically going to work on. I will take notes beforehand because the blank page is so terrifying that I have to have a plan of action. I can’t just sit down and think, “Oh, what do I feel like writing today?” Having said that, the first thing I do is I procrastinate as much as possible: I surf the web, I pace, I eat, I clean—then I write.What essential items do you like to have on hand when you write? I need caffeine and silence. Silence is big for me. I can’t write in public, and I can’t write with music playing. I need that zen space.How do you stay motivated to finish a piece?I have a fear of not finishing. Fear is a big motivator for me. I always try to write a first draft and not judge it. In my first draft, I want to get words down on paper that hopefully have a beginning, middle and end. Then I might change it completely, but it’s so much easier for me to rewrite than to write. There are always times when you hit a lull and lose faith in it, but I’ve learned to just write through it. It’s a bit of pigheadedness that gets me through.Once you finish a draft, how do you celebrate?I don’t really celebrate. I go on to the next thing. I generally have one or two other projects percolating in my head. If they’ve been percolating for a while, I’m generally anxious to get them out, but I won’t let myself write them until I finish what I’m working on. I’m not a real celebrator, I have to say.What play changed your life?Where did the title come from?The title came from the original Garson Kanin play [Peccadillo]. I wanted to have something from it. Renee Fleming’s character is having a fight with her husband and threatens to take all of his assets. He says, “What can I live on?” And she says, “You can always live on love.”Was there a specific event that sparked your interest in Living on Love?This show was a commission, and that’s unusual because usually you get commissioned to write musicals or TV and movie things. I got a call from Scott Landis, who was a producer of Nice Work If You Can Get It. He said, “Joe, we have this play by Garson Kanin about an opera diva. We gave it to Renee Fleming and she’s agreed to star in it and Kathleen Marshall is going to direct.” It intrigued me, but I was very busy. I said I’d do a little tweaking. Then I read it and thought it needed a lot more than tweaking. I told Scott if I had the freedom to really do my own thing on it, I would do it. To my shock, the Garson Kanin people said yes. I love this type of comedy: it’s a classic one-set, six-character comedy. It’s screwball; it’s boulevard comedy; it’s Neil Simon in a way—it’s got elements of all those things. To be able to write one of those in this day and age was just so attractive, especially with Kathleen and Renee.Considering the subject of this play, what is the most diva-style demanding thing about you?There are so many! I do oftentimes demand to take my pug Rocco with me to rehearsals and sometimes that doesn’t bode well.What’s the nitty gritty hard work of being a writer that nobody told you about?It’s lonely. That’s the hardest thing of it. What I love about theater is that I get to be lonely and alone for long periods of time, and then, if I’m fortunate enough to get the play produced, it’s incredibly social. Mostly you sit alone with your thoughts day after day. There are some days where I’ll not see anyone else besides the guy at the deli.What’s the best piece of advice you ever received about writing?Don’t go to L.A. I received that advice—which is not for everyone—from Jamie Hammerstein, who was Oscar Hammerstein’s son and my mentor. He produced I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change. Early on he said to me, “Don’t go to L.A. It’s hard, but you can write for theater if you stay here and really work at it.” I listened and it worked out.Name a playwright that influenced you.What is something you think all aspiring playwrights should do?I think any aspiring playwright should be a lifelong student of theater and literature and humanity and history and politics. If I have any key to any success I’ve had, it’s that I’m constantly trying to learn new things. For instance [before Living on Love], I’d seen three or four operas in my life. So when this project came to me, I dove into that world to see what it was like, and I really enjoyed learning about it. I also think writers should have their own opinions. See shows that everyone loves that you don’t like and know why. See shows that no one likes but you really love. Having your own opinion is a way to develop a voice.What’s your favorite line from Living on Love? Living on Love Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015last_img read more

Hand to God Playwright Robert Askins on Being a Title Fetishist & Losing the Texas Tragedy

first_imgTexas-born Robert Askins is making his Broadway debut with Obie-winning raunchy puppet comedy Hand to God, which previously played off-Broadway’s MCC Theater and had three sold-out runs at Ensemble Studio Theater. His other works include the one-act Matthew and the Pastor’s Wife, which was a part of Marathon 2010 at EST, and The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef, which won a Dallas Outer Circle Critics Award in 2011. His next play, Permission, will premiere at MCC Theater. sat down with Askins at Brooklyn’s Café Pedlar to talk about caffeine as motivation, how he got noticed in college and the one thing every writer must do.What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to write?I go through a series of websites to visit, so I can procrastinate one last time. I’ll do email, Facebook, Twitter and then I’ll finally get down to writing. The deal that I make with myself is that I don’t drink coffee or tea in my house and I’m an addict, so I need to get to the coffee shop to write.What time of day do you get your best work done?Always in the morning. I’ve been writing in the morning for so long that I’m not sure if that’s just how my body as a machine is built to make words.What playwrights do you look up to?How do you stay motivated to finish a piece?Getting to the end is something that I want. It’s really about pushing through the fear. I do a lot of meetings in Hollywood now, and a lot of people say they know story and character, and that’s fine. But the thing that differentiates a writer from somebody else is the fact that a writer makes pages. You have one job—a very simple job—you put marks on an empty space. It’s the whole job. You have to make the pages.What inspired Hand to God?It was a combination of a lot things: my mother did have a Christian puppet ministry when I was growing up, I was very involved in the church when I was younger, my father passed when I was 16. Those things are the bedrock foundation seminal moments in my childhood. For a long time, I was writing about them in a Sam Shepard way—trying to understand them as Western surreal tragedy. It took me a long time to figure out that it wasn’t tragedy; it was comedy.Was there a specific event that made you start writing the play?I saw Steve [Boyer] and Geneva [Carr] standing together at a party. All of those themes gelled very quickly into those specific bodies. I’d had a couple of glasses of wine, and I was like, “Oh! That’s the play!” The play is Steve and Geneva as mother and son and Geneva is f*cking his friend. I went home and wrote Tyrone’s prologue, and that’s how the play started.Where did the title come from?Hand to God is an expression about honesty. It’s a southern regionalism that’s fairly unknown in the North. It just seemed to make sense. I’m a big title fetishist: bad title = bad play. Also, you can’t overthink a title. The play should be a thought—it should be one motion and one expression. If the title does not seem obvious and apparent, you probably shouldn’t start writing it.What play changed your life?When did you know you wanted to be a playwright?When I was in college at Baylor University, which is a Baptist University in Waco, Texas. I went to school for performance first, but I didn’t get any stage time. I was a troubled and trouble-making kid. I wrote this very aggressive, very violent 10-minute play about Jesus and the devil in prison for a 10-minute play contest. It was this complex theological allegory that had some nonconsensual sodomy in it. I could be ignored and marginalized until I put things on paper. I submitted it to the festival, and I think I tied for second, but it didn’t matter. My rage was now an object. It didn’t matter what the f*ck you thought of Rob Askins anymore, now you could talk about Rob Askins’ play, and you could take that seriously. I couldn’t take the stage in one way, but I figured out a better way to do it. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received about writing?I work the 52nd Street Project sometimes—they do plays with kids in Hell’s Kitchen. Lewis Black was there helping the kids, and he said, “If you think it’s funny, it’s funny.” That’s everything.Do you keep a notebook?No, I don’t like any of that crap. All of my plays are in continuous dialogue with each other. None of them exist in isolation. Not literally—I mean I’m not writing one 12-part masterwork. I never stop thinking about the central preoccupations that you can see in my work. That’s what I’m always thinking about, so there’s no reason to f*cking write that shit down. It’s the running dialogue in my head all the f*cking time.What do you want to say to aspiring writers?Stop trying to get into grad school! Stop trying to win major prizes. F*ck that shit. Seriously. It’s destroying you. Don’t worry about the parties. Don’t worry about getting into the right circles. Theater is one of the most elitist, exclusive and alienating art forms in America right now. Get your friends together. Write until it’s good. That’s all you have to do. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. If you feel like you’re on the outside and nobody’s listening to you? Write the play.There’s a deep perversity in theater people: we love a good play. A lot of things will be forgiven and forgotten if you make a good play—suddenly doors will swing open wildly.What has surprised you the most about having a play on Broadway?I think it’s the stage door stuff. It’s just cool to see strangers there for Steve [Boyer]—or anyone in the cast. Every once in a while I go out the stage door and someone knows who I am and asks me to sign their Playbill. And that’s cool and weird—and not really why I got into this. But it’s like, “Thanks, man. I’ll sign that thing. I worked hard on this for a long time, and I’m glad you dug it.”What’s your favorite line in Hand to God? Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Hand to Godlast_img read more