Theater Talk: OUR TOWN opens, LADIES FOURSOME continues, parking's a problem, and a look at 2018

Jan 4, 2019

Thornton Wilder's 1938 beloved OUR TOWN opens tonight Buffalo's A.R.T. at 545 Elmwood (near Utica).

Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN presented by A.R.T. opens tonight at 545 Elmwood Avenue.
Credit A.R.T. Facebook page

Meanwhile, THE LADIES FOURSOME continues to delight at Desiderio's Dinner Theatre which benefits from an enormous parking lot. That is not the case for any of the downtown theaters, and as the Buffalo Common Council wrestles with new parking policies which many see as potentially burdonsome to theater and service workers, interested parties are invited to contact Council President Darius Pridgen (716-851-4980 or dpridgen@city-buffalo.com) with their thoughts. And, we look back with fondness at just a few of the major Broadway people who passed away in 2018. 

OPENING

OUR TOWN, play by Thornton Wilder presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Matthew Refermat, starring Verneice Turner, Kerrykate Abel, Jack Horohoe, Kit Kuebler, Ayden Herried, Shayna Raichelson Zadok, Russell Holt, Vivian Porter, Karen Harty, Ryan Kaminski, John F Kennedy, Victor Morales, Shakora Purks. Jan 4-13, Fri at 8, Sat at 5, Sun at 2, plus Jan 10 at 8. 545 Elmwood Ave. (983-4345). www.artofwny.org

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

THE LADIES FOURSOME, comedy by Norm Foster presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Lisa Ludwig, Maureen Porter, Susan Toomey, Lisa Hinca. Through Jan 20, evening shows arrival at 6, show at 7:30; matinee shows arrival at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com

UPCOMING

NATIVE SON, play by Nambi E. Kelley based on the novel by Richard Wright, directed by Paulette D. Harris. Jan. 18 – Feb. 10 at the Paul Robeson Theatre in the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Avenue (884-2013) www.aaccbuffalo.org/on-stage-

THE ILLUSION, play by Tony Kushner adapted from Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique, directed by John Hurley, starring Lisa Vitrano, Dave Hayes, Patrick Cameron, Cassie Cameron, Rolando Gomez, Sara Kow-Falcone, David Marciniak, Ray Boucher. Jan 18-Feb 20, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

SENSE & SENSIBILITY, play by Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Kate LoConti, Josephine Hogan, Jenn Stafford, Anthony Alcocer, Renee Landrigan, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Ben Michael Moran, Brendan Didio, Brittany Bassett, David Lundy. Jan 18-Feb 20, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

SPAMALOT, musical by Eric Idle & John Du Prez, directed by Lynne Kurdziel Formato, starring Gregory Gjurich, Louis Colaiacovo, Dudney Joseph, Bobby Cooke, Steve Copps, Arin Lee Dandes, Michele Marie Roberts. Jan 11-Feb 3, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice January 3-9, 2018