Niagara Gazette —
“People go out of their way not to miss this,” says Potwora of the audience that shows up every year, “but when I ask who’s here for the first time, many people’s hands go up.”
It’s like they come to see what the excitement is all about.
The typical “Stoogefest” offers seven or more episodes, chosen by Potwora, exactly what you see on television, but on the wide screen, in the elegant confines of the Riviera and in the company of fans who have spent their lives, however many years, enjoying this. To suggest the audience is dedicated understates the issue; the evening includes raffles, quizzes, freelance yelling-out of upcoming wisecracks and appreciative groans after random hammer-shots to the head. It is a night like the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for a crowd with the Stooge ethos ingrained in it, and a splendid way to get through the winter.
IF YOU GO • WHAT: "The Winter Stoogefest" • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday after Peter DeGioia presents a workout of the Wurlitzer organ • WHERE: Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda • COST: $10, children 12 and under, $7 MORE INFORMATION: 692-2113 and rivieratheatre.org