If you missed Anthony's cameo in the movie THE AMERICAN SIDE (starring Matthew Broderick and showcasing the City of Buffalo in all of the location shots) then pencil in a trip to 710 Main where Hollywood stars Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw (of LOVE STORY) will appear in Buffalo-born A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS. Need a little Vegas in your life? Buffalo's own Eric Jordan Young IS Sammy Davis Junior in CELEBRATING SAMMY: BROADWAY TO VEGAS with the BPO at Kleinhans, Saturday night at 8 p.m.
And we have three openings. Two local stage productions and one touring company come with high anticipation. FARRAGUT NORTH opens tonight at 7:30 at Road Less Traveled Thater, 500 Pearl Street. Named after a metro stop in Washington D.C. it's about political power struggles and the failed presidential run of Howard Dean. (Dean pioneered internet-based fund raising and grassroots organizing as opposed to appealing to a few well-heeled donors, certainly topics of interest today!)
WAIT UNTIL DARK, a thriller, also opens tonight at 7:30, directed by Brian Cavanaugh at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Avenue (on the D'Youville College Campus). Fredrick Knott's suspense thriller is the story of Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded housewife who unwittingly possesses a child's doll filled with heroin. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, tricks two small time crooks into helping him con her into giving up the doll. Susy plays a game of "cat & mouse"with the con men until she realizes that she is the victim of a bizarre charade. Susy then knows that the only way to survive is in the dark.
DIRTY DANCING, like WAIT UNTIL DARK, is well known as a movie, and now you can see the touring production of the musical at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 646 Main Street. It opens Tuesday May 3 and runs through Sunday evening, May 7.
Looking down the road a bit, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG is a drama at The New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park. That opens Thursday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m.
THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS opens on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street.