Weekly Feature



2018-01-31 / Entertainment

Theatre

thurs. 1

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man — Romantic comedy based on the best-selling 1997 book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman that takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider “tips” come straight from the source: a gay man. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-1410, www.sheas.org

tues. 6

Waitress — The National touring production from the ground-breaking all-female creative team that included six-time Grammy┬« Award nominee Sara Bareilles and acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, the production also includes two local young actresses, Isabella Maritato and Sophia Vandette, who will alternate the role of Lulu. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, Wednesday, Feb. 7, and Thursday, Feb. 8; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, as part of the M&T Bank 2017-18 Broadway series at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org

wed. 7

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller — Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll. Now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying production that illuminates a golden age of American culture, and features nearly 40 of their songs, including “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me,” and many more. The production features Brian Brown, Nicole Marrale Cimato, Dudney Joseph Jr., Ben Michael Moran, Lorenzo Shawn Parnell, Victoria Perez, Michele Marie Roberts, Marc Sacco and Zoe Scruggs, under the direction and choreography of John Fredo, with musical direction by Theresa Quinn. Opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, and continues at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, March 11, at MusicalFare Theatre’s Mainstage Theatre at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com

thurs. 8

Jitters — A series of disasters befall a theatre company trying to open a new Canadian play in this “backstage” comedy by David French under the direction of Jay Desiderio for Desiderio’s at Bobby J’s Dinner Theatre. Opening night: Dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, April 15, at Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga; $ - reservations required for dinner. 395-3207, www.mybobbyjs.com

ongoing: now-Feb. 4

The Boy at the Edge of Everything — An original play by Finegan Kruckemeyer and a WNY regional premiere, 12-year-old Simon Ives is anxious about his over-scheduled life and needs the world to slow down. When he tries to explain his anxiety to his parents, their quick assumptions catapult Simon on an unexpected, time-traveling space adventure, for ages 11 and older. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 4, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class: A One-Nun-sense Musical Event — A dinner theatre production presented by Rocking Horse Productions and featuring Katherine Marchiano as Sister Robert Anne. Performances: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Ripa’s Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave., Lancaster; $50. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

now-Feb. 10

How I Learned To Drive — Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play presented by the Subversive Theatre Collective under the direction of Kelly M. Beuth. The story follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li’l Bit and her Uncle Peck, from her adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., Buffalo; $. 462-5549, www.subversivetheatre.org

now-Feb. 11

An Act of God — The King of the Universe is tacking His greatest challenge yet: Live theatre. God takes on the form of Buffalo actor Joey Bucheker in this 90-minute comedy by David Javerbaum where the Almighty and His devoted Angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight — and he’s not holding back. Also features Jake Hayes and Dan Morris, under the direction of Victoria Perez. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

The Nether — Sometime in the near future, the Internet has evolved into the “Nether,” a place where gender, age, identity and truth are malleable, and your darkest desires and fears are all-too obtainable. “The Nether” is a mystery/crime drama where even thoughts are actions, and every action has a real-world consequence. Written by Jennifer Haley, the production is directed by Katie Mallinson. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at Road Less Traveled Theatre, 500 Pearl St., Buffalo; $. 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

The Constant Wife — W. Somerset Maugham’s 1926 comedy of manners filled with devastating satire and biting humor, under the direction of David Oliver for the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo; $. 853-4282, www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

Skeleton Crew — Dominique Morisseau’s “The Detroit Project” trilogy of plays concludes with this Paul Robeson Theatre production about the impending closing of the city’s last auto-stamping plant. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-2013, www.aaccbuffalo.org

All My Sons — The Arthur Miller classic is presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild. The production features Michael Breen, Kunji Rey, Louis Visone and Sarah Fratello, under the direction of Fran Newton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 11. Added performance: 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; $. 260-2319, www.niagaratheatre.com

now-Feb. 25

Rose —The Jewish Repertory Theatre’s production of Martin Sherman’s portrait of a feisty Jewish woman who traveled from a tiny Russian village to the Warsaw Ghetto, to a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona Canyons and salsa-flavored nights in Miami Beach. Stars Tina Rausa under the direction of Saul Elkin. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst; $. 650-7626, www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com

Announcement

Shea’s Celebrates 92 Years — Shea’s Buffalo Theatre opened its doors on Jan. 16, 1926, to “King of Main Street,” an appropriately-titled film for the inaugural screening at the theatre, which recently celebrated 92 years of entertaining WNY audiences. Following Michael Shea’s establishment of numerous theatres across the City of Buffalo, his most ambitious concept was an extravagant dream constructed in one year. For 2018 schedules or more information on Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, visit www.sheas.org.

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