Theater Talk: Several shows to impress your out-of-town holiday guests

Nov 23, 2018

SIVE at Irish Classical is closing this Sunday. If you haven't gone, go. For an equally powerful theater experience see August Wilson's KING HEDLEY II at the Paul Robeson Theater. CHRISTMAS OVER THE TAVERN may be sold out, but for the holiday spirit see MY THREE ANGELS or NUNCRACKERS.


King Hedley II by August Wilson continues at the Paul Robeson Theater through December 2
Credit Buffalo Challenger

ONGOING

CHRISTMAS OVER THE TAVERN, world premiere of the musical by Tom Dudzick, directed by Randall Kramer, starring Jacob Albarella, Isaac Fesmire, Samuel Fesmire, Wendy Hall, Pamela Rose Mangus, Caroline Schettler, Michael Scime. Through Dec 16, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

HAMILTON, musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, touring production Nov 20-Dec 9 (24 Performances). Tue-Thu at 7:30,Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 1 & 7. Shea's Performing Arts Center, 650 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202 Shea’s Performing Arts Center cannot guarantee the validity of tickets purchased from outlets other than ticketmaster.com and sheas.org.

KING HEDLEY II, play by August Wilson, directed by Ed Smith.  Nov 16-Dec 2, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

MY THREE ANGELS, comedy by Samuel & Bella Spewack, directed by Tom Makar. Nov 16-Dec 15, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

CLOSING

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2, play by Lucas Hnath directed by Robert Waterhouse, starring Kristen Tripp Kelley, David Oliver, Anne Gayley, Leah Berst. Through Nov 25, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

AFTERGLOW, play by S. Asher Gelman presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Todd Fuller, starring Jonathan Beckner, Christopher Clark, Mickey Harmon. Through Nov 24, Fri & Sat at 8 plus Nov 18 at 7. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239).

SIVE, play by John B. Keane presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Vincent O’Neill, starring Kiana Duggan-Haas, Josephine Hogan, Aleks Malejs, Patrick Moltane, David Lundy, Gerry Maher, Ray Boucher, Peter S. Raimondo, Johnny Barden. Through Nov 25, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

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. Nov 15-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

A VERY, VERY TRUMPY CHRISTMAS CAROL, world premiere directed and designed by Todd Warfield presented by Alleyway Theatre, starring Stephanie Bax, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, A. Peter Snodgrass and Guy Tomassi. Dec 7-23, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun Dec 16 & 23 only) at 7. Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret 672 Main Street (852-2600) www.alleyway.com/main-street-cabaret/

BARCELÓ ON THE ROCKS, play by Marco Antonio Rodriguez presented by Raíces Theatre Company, directed by Victoria Pérez, starring Alejandro Gabriel Gómez, Rolando Martín Gómez, Jake Hayes, Victor Morales, Dewel Pérez, Jordan Rosas. Nov 30-Dec 16, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 6, plus Dec 12 at 7, Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. Third Floor (381-9333). www.raicestheatrecompany.com

GREETINGS!, play by Tom Dudzick presented by Western Door Playhouse, directed by Bob Priest, starring Kris Bookhagen, Sam Granieri, Brandon Minicucci, Amanda Molinaro, Ricco Slaiman. Nov 30 – Dec  9, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun. at 2:30. Woodbox Theatre, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. at Portage Rd. (297-5910).

MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLY, play by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, presented by Road Less Traveled Productions, directed By Katie Mallinson, starring Amy Feder, Todd Benzin, Alexandria Watts, Darryl Semira, Brittany Bassett, Rosa Fernandez, Nick Stevens and Tracy Snyder at Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 Main St. Dec 6-22. Thu at 7:30pm, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. (Sunday Tea Dec 9 & 16 at 12:30 pm, prior to the 2 pm matinee performance, by reservation only). (629-3069) www.sheas.org

NUNCRACKERS, musical by Dan Goggin presented by O'Connell & Company, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Susana Breese, Mary Craig, Mary Moebius, Ann Mosner, Mary Kate O’Connell, Michael Starzynski. Nov 29-Dec 23. Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

Listings adapted from "On The Boards" appearing in Artvoice