Weekly Feature



2013-09-18 / Entertainment

Theatre

thurs. 19

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson — The American Repertory Theater of WNY presents the WNY premiere of this punk-rock musical of the coming of age story of our seventh president, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and book by Alex Timbers. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through Oct. 12, at ART in the Box, located in the Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave., Buffalo (enter on North Street); $. 634-1102, www.artofwny.org. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

A Clockwork Orange — In Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, charismatic and brutal Alex leads his band of equally depraved and arrogant Droogs as they roam the street in search of a good time in the form of displays of violence and destruction. Directed by David Oliver and presented by Torn Space Theater. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle & Library, 612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo; $. 812-5733, www.tornspacetheater.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives/The Dark Side — A talented cast of two (Pamela Rose Mangus and Mary Kate O’Connell) create a multitude of characters to delight and confound in this penetrating look at Americana by Moe Gaffney and Kathy Najimy. Opens Thursday, Sept. 19, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 20 at The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Love Letters — A thread of love binds two lives with a great deal of help from the U.S. Mail. Presented by Red Thread Theatre and featuring Mike Randall and Eileen Dugan, this is Buffalo native A. R. Gurney at his most touching and whimsical. Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and continues at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 (Curtain Up!), and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Marie Maday Theatre, Canisius College Campus, Main Street, Buffalo. 867-3102, www.redthreadtheatre.info.

Bun in the Oven: Contractions with the Calamari Sisters — Move over Dr. Spock, here come the Calamari Sisters! Join the sisters once again as they prepare to celebrate the newest addition to the Calamari family. Delphine and Carmela are in rare form, catering the biggest bouncing baby shower Brooklyn has ever seen. There’s no stopping this duo of singing, dancing, and cooking. Performances: 7 p.m. Sept. 19; 8 p.m. Sept. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 21; and 2 p.m. Sept. 22, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

thurs. 19-sun. 22

An Evening Out of Your Mind with Mentalist Marc Salem — Prepare to be mesmerized, astounded and entertained as Marc Salem displays his well-honed ability to “read” people — without them being aware of it. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19; 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 (Curtain Up!); 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Shea’s Smith Theater, 660 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-1410, www.sheas.org

fri. 20

Curtain Up! — The Theatre Alliance of Buffalo (TAB) member theatres will participate in the 32nd annual Curtain Up! event on Friday, Sept. 20. This year, the Gala Dinner will be held under a white tent set in the center of Main Street, just north of Tupper Street. A cash bar cocktail party begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. (all seating is at tables of 10, and tickets are $95 per person; corporate sponsor tables are available, 877-4400). And as is tradition, the free street party with live music concludes the celebration. But what would Curtain Up! be without the theatrical offerings from numerous WNY theatres? Look through Bee Entertained’s Theatre listings for Curtain Up! offerings from TAB member theatres.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone — A wildly imaginative new comedy about how we memorialize the dead, how remembering changes us, and how we search for connections in this technologically obsessed world, presented by the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 (Curtain Up!), and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 22, through Oct. 5, at Hilbert College’s Swan Auditorium, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg; $. 202-9033, www.buffalolabtheatre.org.

Confessions of a Mormon Boy — A sixth generation Utah Mormon reclaims his “Donny Osmond” smile in this true story told with humor and song by The Book of Mormon award-winning actor/playwright Steven Fales, presented by Buffalo United Artists, BUA Theatre. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 (Curtain Up!) and Saturday, Sept. 21; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at 119 W. Chippewa St., Buffalo; $. 886-9239, www.buffalobua.org.

Boeing Boeing — This French farce features a self-styled Parisian lothario who intermittently romances three airline hostesses fiancĂ©es until they all land at the same time. By Marc Camoletti and presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 (Curtain Up!), and continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 5, at Medaille College’s Lecture Hall Theatre, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo; $. 479-1587, www.kaleidoscopetheatreproductions.com.

Love, Sex, And the I.R.S. — This hilarious comedy is a cross between “I Love Lucy” and “Some Like It Hot!” with enough twists and turns to leave you rolling in the aisles. By Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore and presented by the Lancaster Opera House. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 (Curtain Up!), and continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org.

The Three Sistahs — An intimate musical embracing the lives of three women who reunite, reveal, reconcile, and share the promise of tomorrow, set to gospel, rhythm and blues, funk, and folk, by Thomas W. Jones II, at the Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-2013, www.africancultural.org. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Gospel at Colonus — Seamlessly blending the agony of Greek tragedy and the ecstasy of American gospel music with the ground-shaking thunder of a gospel revival meeting. By Lee Breuer, with music by Bob Telson, and presented by Ujima Theatre. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 (Curtain Up!), and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 6 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 13, at Theatreloft, 545 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo; $. 883-0380, www.ujimatheatre.org.

sat. 21

A Life in the Theatre — By David Mamet and presented by the Jewish Repertory Theatre, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Benderson Family Building’s Maxine & Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville; $. 688-4114, ext. 391, ww.jewishrepertorytheatre.com. An associated event with Curtain Up! but no performance on Friday, Sept. 20.

now-Oct. 5

Night Work — What women can or cannot do at night in Buffalo’s old Theatre District is the preoccupation of businessmen, politicians and lawyers in this world-premiere drama by Neal Radice and presented by the Alleyway Theatre. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, now through Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Venus in Fur — When a playwright auditions an apparently hapless young actress, the young woman leads him on a journey that provides both carnal and cerebral excitement. By David Ives and presented by the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, now through Saturday, Oct. 5, at 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo; $. 853-1334, www.newphoenixtheatre.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

A Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer — An explosive and deliciously bizarre encounter between the Father of the Nuclear Bomb and Lilith, Adam’s first wife in the Garden of Eden. By Carson Kreitzer and presented by Subversive Theatre Collective. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, now through Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., Great Arrow Building - 3rd Floor, Buffalo; $. 408-0499, www.subversivetheatre.org. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

now-Oct. 6

School for Husbands — It is Paris. The weather is fair and “l’amour” is in the air. The old fuddy-duddy Sganarelle insists on a domineering strictness in the education of his young ward Isabelle whom he intends to marry “toute de suite.” However, “mon dieu,” the intrigue mounts as the desperate young lovers and the impudent servants cleverly deceive and dodge the supremely suspicious Sganarelle as he is, unwittingly, about to get punked. Directed by ICTC Producing Director Fortunato Pezzimenti. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo; $. 853-4282, www.irishclassicaltheatre.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Buffalo Rises: A Showcase of Short Plays by RLTP Playwrights — Provocative, funny, and hopeful tales of this city’s challenges, achievements and aspirations as seen through the eyes, minds, and hearts of some of Buffalo’s favorite playwrights, and presented by Road Less Traveled Productions. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St., Buffalo; $. 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

The Big Band Theory: When Swing Was King — A musical review by James Runfola that highlights the music of a bygone era in the manner it was meant to be heard — with great singers and a 13-piece big band. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 829-7668, www.kavinokytheatre.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

now-Oct. 13

I Love Lucy Live on Stage — If you need a good laugh and a dose of nostalgia, take some time to catch I Love Lucy Live on Stage. Performances through Sunday, Oct. 13. Visit www.sheas.org/71 for days and times. Presented by Shea’s Performing Arts Center at the 710 Main Theatre (formerly Studio Arena Theatre), 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org/710, Ticketmaster.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

La Cage Aux Folles — MusicalFare Theatre presents the regional premiere of the musical La Cage Aux Folles, by Jerry Herman, and Harvey Fierstein, and based on the play by Jean Poiret. Performances: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Oct. 13, at Daemen College’s Time Warner Cable Stage at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. Meet-the-cast talkbacks take place after all Wednesday performances. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

A Year With Frog & Toad — A whimsical musical for ages 4 and up. Best friends, Frog and Toad, celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Book and lyrics by Willie Reale and music by Robert Reale and presented by the Theatre of Youth. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

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