Theater Talk: COME FROM AWAY takes us away to Newfoundland; RIP Tim Finnegan

Oct 18, 2019

The Broadway tour of the high-energy COME FROM AWAY is at Shea's this week (five shows remaining) with its message of our common humanity. We mourn the loss of local actor Tim Finnegan, a funny, very warm fellow who often appeared in gay activist productions (see below). And Anthony is back from NYC where he saw Matthew Lopez's THE INHERITANCE which depicts the life experience of different generations - those who lived through the height of the AIDS crisis and those who came later.

The North American Tour of COME FROM AWAY at Shea's is leaving audiences feeling good. It's up through Sunday evening, October 20.
Credit Matthew Murphy, sheas.org

OPENING

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, musical by Richard O’Brien, directed by David Bondrow, starring Elliot Fox, Angelo Heimowitz, Elisabeth Klimek, Megan Mahaney, Len Mendez, David Mitchell, Kate Mulberry, Heather Reed, Kristen Richthammer, Matthew Rittler, Jordan Rosas, Joe Russi, Madalyn Teal, Nicholas Williams. Oct 18-Nov 3, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30 (Nov 2 at midnight instead of 7:30). Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776). wwwlancopera.com

ONGOING

PETE THE CAT, musical by Will Aronson & Sarah Hammond, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Bobby Cooke, starring Ryan Butler, Renee Landigran, Peter S. Raimondo, Dan Urtz, Alexandria Watts.  Through Oct 27, Sat at 1 & 4, Sun at 1, plus Oct 27 at 4. Sensory-Friendly performance Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884-4400). www.theatreofyouth.org

SUPERIOR DONUTS, play by Tracy Letts presented by Road Less Traveled Productions, directed by Lucas Lloyd, starring Steve Jakiel, Jake Hayes, Tina Rausa, Dave Hayes, Lisa Vitrano, John Profeta, Dave Spychalski, Gabriel Robere, Johnny Barden. Through Oct 27, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Shea's 710 Theatre, 710 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, musical by Mel Brooks presented by O'Connell & Company, directed by Kelli Natale, starring Timothy Goehrig, Joey Bucheker, Jenny Marie McCabe, Pamela Rose Mangus, Venessa Dawson, John Kreuzer, Nicholas Lama. Through Oct 27, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons, 3200 Elmwood Ave. (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

FINNEGAN - Timothy PatrickOctober 12, 2019. Beloved son of the late Harry C. and Joan (nee Murray) Finnegan; dear brother of Kathleen Parks, Daniel, Thomas (Nancy), Michael and Patrick (Samantha) Finnegan; also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family will receive friends Friday, October 18th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the LOOMIS, OFFERS & LOOMIS INC., MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1820 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14210. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am on October 19th at Our Lady of Charity Parish- St. Ambrose site. Please assemble at church. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation in Tim’s name.Buffalo United Artists will hold a memorial service for Timothy Patrick Finnegan on Monday October 21 at 7pm. Alleyway Theatre. 1 Curtain Up Alley. Buffalo, NY. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Timothy Patrick Finnegan, local actor, passed this week and will be missed by many. He often appeared in gay activist theater as presented by Buffalo United Artists including THE LARAMIE PROJECT and BUA TAKES 10: STONEWALL EDITION.
Credit Facebook

CLOSING

COME FROM AWAY, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Oct 20, Wed & Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 1 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

IZZY, musical revue by Grant Golden & Jim Santella, directed by Richard Lambert, starring Chuck Basil, Brett Klaczik, Nathan Miller, Renee Landrigran. Through Oct 19, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

THE SILVER LADY, comic thriller written and directed by L. Don Swartz, starring Taylor Grosskopf, Katherine Marchiano, Trey Wydysh, DJ Swartz, Vanessa Stipkovits, Gary W. Cox, Abigail Laski, Emma Gerard, VJ Battaglia, Sara Jo Kukulka, Liz Sanderson. Through Oct 20, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. www.starrynighttheatre.com.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

DISENCHANTED!, musical by Dennis T. Giacino, directed by Michael Wachowiak, starring Brittany Bassett, Amy Jakiel, Melissa Levin, Jetaun Louie, Ember Tate, Chrissy Vogric-Hunnell. Oct 12 & 19, Nov 2 at 4 & 8; Oct 18 & 25 at 8, Oct 27 at 2. The Premier Cabaret at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

PRESCRIPTION MURDER: COLUMBO, play by William Link and Richard Levinson presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Jack Hunter, Dave Marciniak, Lisa Hinca, Laura Barriere, Nathanial Higgins, Rhonda Parker. Oct 13 – Dec 15, Thu & Sat, dinner at 6, show at 7:30; Sun, dinner at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com

UPCOMING

FREAKY FRIDAY, musical by Carpenter, Kitt & Yorkey presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Steve Braddock. Oct 24-Nov 3, Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, NU campus (286-8685).

OH MY GOD, play by Anat Gov presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Todd Benzin, Max Goldhirsch, Lisa Ludwig. Oct 24-Nov 17, Thu at 7:30, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2.  The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville (650-7626). www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, play by Lori Allen Ohm adapted from the classic 1968 horror film, directed by DJ Swartz, starring Ben Torres, Carla Kwasniak, L. Don Swartz, Vanessa Stipkovits, Ryan Walters, Emma Gerard, Abigail Laski. Oct 24-27, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 8 Sun at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614). www.starrynighttheatre.com.

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, play by Jay Presson Allen, presented by UB Department of Theatre & Dance, directed by Vincent O’Neill. Oct 23-27, Wed-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. UB Center for the Arts, Drama Theatre (645-6897).  www.theatredance.buffalo.edu

THE TOXIC AVENGER, musical by Joe DiPietro & David Bryan, presented by Second Generation Theatre, directed by Doug Weyand, starring Steve Copps, Bethany Burrows, Jenn Stafford, Raphael A. Santos, Dylan Zalikowski. Oct 25-Nov 10, Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 (no evening performance Oct 26), plus Nov 3 at 7. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (508-7480). www.secondgenerationtheatre.com

OUT OF TOWN

AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada 905-468-2172 / 1-800-511-7429 (a 1-hour drive from downtown Buffalo)
NOTE: Although the Shaw Festival is rehearsing HOLIDAY INN (November 16 - December 22) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (November 13 - December 22) this is the FINAL WEEKEND for CYRANO DE BERGERAC, by Edmond Rostand, at the Royal George Theatre through October 20.

OUT OF TOWN
AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL, Stratford, ON www.stratfordfestival.ca 1-800-567-1600 (Stratford, Ontario is about a 2-1/2 hour drive from downtown Buffalo)
AT THE FESTIVAL THEATRE:
OTHELLO by William Shakespeare through October 27  
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL by Lee Hall and Elton John extended through November 10
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare through October 26
THE FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur adapted by Michael Healey through October 25

AT THE AVON THEATRE:
PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward through October 26
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken through November 2
THE NEVERENDING STORY based upon the novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S. Craig through November 3
THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller through October 25

AT THE STUDIO THEATRE:
HENRY VIII by William Shakespeare extended through October 27
NATHAN THE WISE by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in a version by Edward Kemp extended through October 19

Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos