Theater Talk: Four openings explore society's anxieties and misbehaviors

Jan 19, 2018

Young Simon's life is way over-scheduled while The Boy at the Edge of Everything is bored. Their lives intersect at Theatre of Youth. And, while the wife may be constant at Irish Classical, her husband is anything but. Coinciding with the #MeToo movement, Paula Vogel's tale of predatory older man/younger woman opens at Subversive Theatre with "How I Learned to Drive", and in the netherworld of VR and avatars, if they're not "real," are heinous crimes and misdemeanors of any consequence?

Andrea Gollhardt as Li'l Bit and John Profeta as her uncle Peck with Theresa DiMuro Wilber, Brittany Shannon, and Justin Fiordaliso as "the chorus" in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE presented by Subversive Theatre Collective in The Manny Fried Playhouse.

OPENING THIS WEEK:

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, a play by Paula Vogel presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Kelly M. Beuth, starring Andrea Gollhardt, John Profeta, Brittany Germano, Theresa DiMuro-Wilber, Justin Fiordaliso, Jenny Gembka, Molly/Oliver Lewars. Jan 18-Feb 10, Thu-Sat at 7:30 p.m. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

THE BOY AT THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING, original play by Finegan Kruckemeyer presented by Theatre of Youth. Jan 20-Feb 4, Sat & Sun at 2. Allendale Theatre 203 Allen St.  (884-4400). www.theatreofyouth.org

THE CONSTANT WIFE, comedy by W. Somerset Maugham, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by David Oliver, starring Josephine Hogan, Steve Brachmann, Kristen Bentley, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Kate LoConti, Kelsey Mogensen, Eric Rawski, Jon May, Elliot Fox. Jan 19-Feb 11, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com
 

"Imagine an episode of Law & Order: SVU ... written by Ray Bradbury" says NY Times' Ben Brantley of THE NETHER which opens January 19 at Road Less Traveled Productions.

THE NETHER, play by Jennifer Haley, directed By Katie Mallinson, starring Steve Jakiel, Eve Everette, Dave Marciniak, Sabrina Kahwaty, Matt Rivera. Jan 19-Feb 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

ONGOING

AN ACT OF GOD, play by David Javerbaum presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Victoria Perez, starring Joey Bucheker. Through Feb 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

MAMMA MIA!, musical based on the songs of ABBA, directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, starring Lisa Ludwig, Loraine O’Donnell, Debbie Pappas, Peter Palmisano, Doug Weyand, Matt Witten, Arianne Davidow, William Hin. Through Jan 28, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

CLOSING

OVER THE TAVERN, comedy by Tom Dudzick presented by The Lancaster Regional Players, directed by Gail Golden, starring Isaac Fesmire, Alicia Michielli, Greg Reggie, Eileen Stevic, Samuel Fesmire, Caroline Schettler, Ayden Herreid, Emma Anderson. Through Jan 21, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776). www.lancasterregionalplayers.org

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

SISTER ROBERT ANNE'S CABARET CLASS (A One-Nun-sense Musical Event), dinner theater presented by Rocking Horse Productions & Lancaster Opera House, directed by Jane Navarro, starring Katherine Marchiano. Jan 26-Feb 4, Fri & Sat at 7, Sun at 2:30. Ripa's Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave., Lancaster (683-1776). www.LancOpera.org

WE HAVE ISSUES, staged readings of short plays presented by The Brazen-Faced Varlets as part of the International Women's Voices Theater Festival, directed by Lara D. Haberberger. Jan 27 at 1. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. (598 – 1585). www.varlets.org

UPCOMING

ALL MY SONS, drama by Arthur Miller presented by The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Fran Newton, starring Michael Breen, Kunji Rey, Louis Visone, Sarah Fratello. Jan 26-Feb 11, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3, plus Feb 10 at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek, Tonawanda (260-2319). www.niagaratheatre.com.

ROSE, play by Martin Sherman, presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Tina Rausa. Feb 1-25, Thu at 7:30, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville (688-4114 x391). www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com

SKELETON CREW, play by Dominique Morriseau, the third of her Detroit Trilogy, presented by Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, directed by Paulette D. Harris. Jan 19-Feb 11, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 4., 350 Masten Ave. (884-2103). www.aaccbuffalo.org    

WAITRESS, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Feb 6-11, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

WAY BACK WHEN: An Evening of One Acts by Grant Golden and Rebecca Ritchie, directed by Betsy Bittar, starring Pamela Rose Mangus, David Lundy, Jon Summers, Kathleen Rooney, Todd Fuller. Feb 2-24, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

THE SHAW FESTIVAL

The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake has announced its 2018 season https://www.shawfest.com/2018season/. 
At the Shaw's Festival Theatre:

    The Magician’s Nephew
    Grand Hotel
    Mythos: A Trilogy – Gods. Heroes. Men.
    The Hound of the Baskervilles

At the Shaw's Royal George Theatre:

    Stage Kiss
    Of Marriage & Men: A Comedy Double-Bill
    O’Flaherty V.C.
    Oh What a Lovely War
    A Christmas Carol

At the Shaw's Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

    The Orchard (After Chekhov)
    The Baroness and the Pig
    Henry V

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL

The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, has also announced its 2018 season https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays including three plays by Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Coriolanus, and The Comedy of Errors along with such classics as Long Days Journey into Night and An Ideal Husband.

Listings adapted from “On the Boards” appearing in Artvoice 01/17/2018