Theater Talk: SPAMALOT, the show "that goes like this" opens tonight!

Jan 11, 2019

At a recent holiday party, Anthony Chase eavesdropped on Darryl Semira, four years on tour with SPAMALOT, as he shared his memories with cast members of the Kavinoky's current production, chock full of lightning fast costume changes, on-purpose "mistakes," and other theatrical hi-jinx. SPAMALOT, the musical by Monty Python's Eric Idle, opens tonight.

The cast of SPAMALOT enjoys a preview performance at The Kavinoky Theater.
Credit Gene Witkowski

OPENING

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

Darryl Semira (with drum and wig) in the national tour of SPAMALOT is looking forward to his friends appearing at The Kavinoky.
Credit broadwayworld.com

CLOSING

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. Through Jan 13, Thu & Fri at 8, Sat at 5, Sun at 2. 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

BRIDGE OF ROSES, world premiere musical by Giovanna Albani & Daniele Maugeri, directed by Neal Radice, starring Emily Yancey, Kim Piazza, Tim Goehrig, Daniel Keith Barone, Jeremy Catania, Amy Feder, Roger Griffiths, Andrew Zuccari, Meghan Cobham, Roger VanDette, Heather Reed, Caoimhe Krueger. Feb 7-Mar 2, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

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

TALES OF THE DRIVEN, play written & directed by Kurt Schneiderman, presented by Subversive Theatre, starring David Wysocki, Elliot Fox, Lawrence Roswell, Nigel Williams.  Jan 31-Feb 23, Thu-Sat at 7:30. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 1/10/2019.