Theater Talk: LOUISIANA BACCHAE thrills at Red Thread; HAMILTON previews at WNED studios

Sep 30, 2016

Red Thread Theatre's presentation of Robert Waterhouse's LOUISIANA BACCHAE, based on the Euripides play, sets the Greek classic in the mysterious bayou backwaters, the land of gris gris and voodoo with a very sensual depiction of Dionysus (played by Greg Howze) and his Bacchae cult.

Note: no admittance under the age of 18; see below for location details. Meanwhile, if you'd like to know more about the musical HAMILTON and the times it describes, then come to the WNED studios this Saturday, October 1st, at 1:30 p.m. to preview a documentary "Hamilton's America!" and enjoy some live performances from local dancers, singers, and actors. Visit www.wned.org to reserve your seat. Space is limited.

Dionysus has powerful effect on the Bacchae in LOUISIANA BACCHAE at the Jim Bush studios, 44 17th Street (near Connecticut Avenue) but only through October 8.
Credit photo courtesy of Jim Bush

OPENING

DESTINY OF ROSE, world premiere of a musical play by Christopher B. Pearman & Phil Davis Sr., presented by Alemaedae Theater of Dreams LLC in cooperation with the Hearts for the Homeless. October 2 at 2 & 5. Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts 450 Masten Ave. (402-8367). www.TheDestinyofRose.com

FANCY NANCY: THE MUSICAL, by Danny Abosch and Susan DiLallo, based on the book by Jane O’Connor, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Michael Walline, starring Sarah Blewett, Dominique Kempf, Jenny McCabe, Sara Marioles, Matthew Gilbert, Hannah Sharp. October 1-23, Saturday & Sunday at 2, plus Oct 22 at 10:00 a.m. Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400). www.theatreofyouth.org

JITNEY, play by August Wilson directed by Willie Judson, starring Fisher, Andy Finley, Christina Foster, Johnny Rowe, Leon Copeland, Charles Everhart, Roosevelt Tidwell, Al Garrison. September 30-October 23, Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

ONGOING

BREAST IN SHOW, a musical by Lisa Hayes & Joan Cushing presented by O'Connell & Company, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Mary Craig, Laurel Flynn, Tammy Hayes McGovern, Arlynn Knauff, Nick Lama, Bryan Patrick Stoyle. Through October 30, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

DEAR LYDIA, world premiere of a play by Larry Gray, directed by Neal Radice, starring David C. Mitchell, Melissa Leventhal, Louise Reger. September 15-October 8, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 (September 16 at 8). Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

GYPSY, musical by Styne, Sondheim & Laurents, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Jonas Barranca, Allison Barsi, Charmagne Chi, Doug Crane, Arianne Davidow, Maria Droz, Jordan Louis Fischer, John Fredo, Sabrina Kahwaty, Marina Laurendi, Loraine O’Donnell, Michele Marie Roberts, Dan Urtz, Faith Walh. Through October 9, Wednesday & Thursday at 7, Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3:30 & 7:30, Sunday at 2 (September 16 at 8!). MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

HEDDA GABLER, drama by Ibsen presented by Buffalo State Theater Department, directed by Donn Youngstrom. Through Oct 8, Wed-Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8. Flexible Theatre, Savage Theater and Communication Building, college campus (878-3005).

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, musical by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, presented by Theatre in the Mist, directed by Joey Bucheker, starring Anthony Lafornara, Sára Kovácsi, Amy Teal, Samuel Fesmire, Adam M. Wall, Ryan Darnell, Quinn McGillion,  September 23-October 9, Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2 (Sep 24 at 2pm ONLY).  Stella Niagara Education Park, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston. (1-877-856-0694)  www.theatreinthemist.org

LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART, play by Terrence McNally directed by Greg Natale, starring Candice Kogut, Richard Lambert, Kelli Bocock-Natale, Eric Rawski. September 16-October 8, Thursday-Saturday at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

LOUISIANA BACCHAE, adapted and directed by Robert Waterhouse, presented by Red Thread Theatre, starring Christian Brandjes, Eileen Dugan, Greg Howze, Geoff Pictor, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Harold White. September 16-October 8, Thursday-Saturday at 8. Jim Bush Studios, 44 17th St. (445-4653). www.RedThreadTheatre.info

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, a play by Tennessee Williams presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, stars Patrick Cameron, Aleks Malejs, Stan Klimecko, Renee Landrigan, Colleen Gaughan, Bethany Sparacio, Gerry Maher, Jacob Albarella, Adam Yellen, Ray Boucher, and Ron Mangum. September 16-October 9, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30, Saturdays at 3 & 7:30, Sundays at 2 (September 16 at 8) at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

URINETOWN!, musical by Hollmann & Kotis presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Jeffrey Coyle, starring Ryan Kaminski, Jenn Stafford, Michael Starzynski, Jeffrey Coyle, Erin Coyle, Susana Breese, Bethany Burrows Gruendike, Tyler Brown, Michael Wachowiak, Chris Andreana, Matt Mooney, Jennel Pruneda, Jake Hayes, Dave Spychalski, Sara Jo Kukulka. September 8-October 15, Thursday-Saturday at 8. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499). www.subversivetheatre.org

CLOSING

AMERICAN IDIOT, musical by Green Day, Billy Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Matthew LaChiusa, starring Christopher Teal, Billy Horn, Jesse Ryan Tiebor, Jordan Levin, Sara Kow-Falcone, Carolyn Lanson, Clarissa Maloy, Ben Caldwell, Preston D Williams, Melissa Levin. Through October 1, Friday-Saturday at 8, 330 Amherst St. (697-0837) www.artofwny.org

DINNER WITH FRIENDS, play by Donald Margulies, directed by Katie Mallinson, starring Kelly Meg Brennan, Dave Hayes, Lisa Vitrano, Phil Farugia. September 9-October 2, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2 (September 16 at 8). Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

DON'T TALK TO THE ACTORS, comedy written and directed by Tom Dudzick, starring Kevin Craig, Wendy Hall, Pamela Rose Mangus, Jamie Nablo, Peter Palmisano, Steve Vaughan. September 9-October 2, Thursday & Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3:30 & 7:30, Sunday at 2 (September 16 at 8). Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

MY FAIR LADY, musical by Lerner & Loewe presented by The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Dawn Marcolini Newton, starring Emily K. Plotkin, Charles Slisz, Eric Bloom, Christopher Cummings. September 16-October 2, Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda (260-2319). www.niagaratheatre.com

6x8, new work created and presented by Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Theresa DiMuro-Wilber, starring Brittany Germano, Chanyl White, Kajana Stover, Diane McNamara, Cierra Cappas, Diane Michaels, Jennifer Arroyo, Caroline Parzy-Sanders. September 15 at 8. September 16-October 1, Friday & Saturday at 8 plus September 25 & October 2 at 2. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. (247-9585).   

THE SUBMISSION, play by Jeff Talbott presented by Buffalo United Artists and Ujima Company, directed by Lorna C. Hill, starring Adam Hayes, Rick Lattimer, Shanntina Moore, Michael Seitz. September 16-October 1, Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7. Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. (886-9239). www.buffalobua.org/www.ujimacoinc.org

WONDER OF THE WORLD, play by David Lindsay-Abaire presented by Buffalo Laboratory Theatre. September 15-October 2, Thursday at 7:30, Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7. Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org/710main

UPCOMING

FINDING NEVERLAND, the touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino will have previews October 7 & 8 at 7, then run from October 9-15, Tuesday -Thursday at 7:30, Fri at 8, Saturday at 2 & 8, Sundays at 2 & 7, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

JEKYLL AND HYDE, musical by Frank Wildhorn & Leslie Bricusse presented by Rocking Horse Productions, directed by Leigha Eichhorn, starring Anthony Alcocer, Jon May, Bob Mazierski, Sarah Mullen, Emily Yancey. October 14-30, Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776). www.LancOpera.org

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, musical by Ashman & Menken presented by Aurora Players, directed by David Hall, starring John Szablewski, Daniel Keith Barone, Mark Eckstein, Jason Gonser, Joe Harris, Zachary James Haumesser, Paige Ronan, Isabella Ruof, Caroline Schettler, Rachel Wach. October 7-29, Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2:30. Roycroft Pavilion in Hamlin Park, East Aurora (687-6727). www.auroraplayers.org