Weekly Feature



2018-02-14 / Entertainment

Theatre

thurs. 15

Master Harold and the Boys — By Athol Fugard, in a tea shop owned by his parents, Harold does homework while two black men rehearse ballroom dancing. Harold and the men, who have long worked for his family, recall fond memories of times spent together as the young boy escaped his family life. But when news comes that the boy’s father is returning home, the personal becomes political. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, and continues at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org

fri. 16

Far Away — Playwright Caryl Churchill’s 60-minute epic, “Far Away” sets the stage for a bleak world in which basic truths demand further scrutiny. Without defining the where or how, it paints an autocratic society dominated by fear in three highly structured acts that range from the intimate to the ethereal. The production features Bonnie Jean Taylor, Corinne McLoughlin, Kalub Thompson and Allison Barsi, under the direction of Dan Shanahan. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and a final performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Torn Space Theater, Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle & Library, 612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo; $. 812-5733, www.tornspacetheater.com

fri. 16 & sat. 17

The Vagina Monologues — Eve Ensler’s global movement to end violence against women and girls will once again raise money for the Crisis Services Advocate Program. This production is co-directed by Kelly Beuth, Brittany Germano, Jane Cudmore and Theresa DiMuro-Wilber and will feature a diverse cast of women from the Western New York area. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at SUNY Empire State College, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga (Appletree Business Park); $. Use the college door located at the back of the building near Bennett Road. Look for the dark green awning.

thurs. 22

Ah, Wilderness — By Eugene O’Neill and presented by Starry Night Theatre, the production features Joann V. Mis, DJ Swartz, Vanessa Stipkovits and Trey Wydysh, under the direction of L. Don Swartz. “Ah, Wilderness” chronicles a small town family’s Fourth of July celebration in 1906, complete with angry neighbors, teenagers in love, drunken relatives and a young boy intent on blowing up the house with firecrackers. Opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, and continues at 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, March 4, at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; $. 743-1614, www.starrynighttheatre.com

ongoing: now-Feb. 18

The Diary of Anne Frank — Presented by the Lancaster Opera House and directed by LOH Artistic/Executive Director David Bondrow. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

now-Feb. 24

Way Back When: An Evening of One Acts — A new way of looking at faith, with funny and touching one-acts by Grant Golden and Rebecca Ritchie under the direction of Betsy Bittar. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Saturday, Feb. 24, at New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo; $. 853-1334, www.newphoenixtheatre.org

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

now-March 10

Beginning Again — David Alan Brown’s lyrical play that examines the abrasive power of three bearers of light, insight and self-examination. Winner of the 2016 Maxim Mazumdar new play competition. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, now through Saturday, March 10, at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

now-March 11

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, under the direction and choreography of John Fredo, with musical direction by Theresa Quinn. Performances: 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

now-April 15

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. Performances: 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

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