Theater Talk: Keeping busy? Shakespeare certainly did during his "social distancing"

Apr 3, 2020

Are you being productive during this time of "social distancing?" Shakespeare, during one period of the plague in the early 1600s wrote ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA, MACBETH, and KING LEAR. 

Shakespeare during confinement during the Black Plague wondering whether to check his Facebook account, raid the refrigerator, or write Macbeth.
Here is a list of productions scheduled for Spring 2020, roughly in chronological order of opening that are confirmed cancelled, curtailed, or postponed in response to COVID-19. Those marked with a ? will most likely be cancelled or postponed. Listings courtesy of where you can visit to keep up to date.This list will be updated here as information becomes available.  Scotch & Madness - Alleyway 2/20-3/14Hand to God - Road Less Traveled Productions 3/5-29Kiss of Spider Woman - New Phoenix Theatre 3/6-28Indecent - Kavinoky 3/6-29 -- moved to July 9 - 19The Onion Game - Irish Classical Theatre 3/6-29Eclipsed - Subversive - 3/6-28Hello, Dolly! - Shea's - 3/10-15Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - All for One - @710 3/12-29 -- rescheduled for February 11 – 28, 2021Dance on Widows Row - Paul Robeson Theatre 3/13-4/5The Outsiders - TOY 3/14-5/5Three Tall Women - Second Generation 3/20-4/5Buffalo Quickies - Alleyway 3/26-4/18Everybody, UB Theatre & Dance, 4/1-5Shaw Festival Season - opening 4/1 - postponed through 5/25Stratford Festival Season - postponed until 6/2Diary of a Wombat - Shea's 710 - 4/7Desde el Puente (10 min) - Raices 4/10-26 -presumedThe Band's Visit -- Shea's 4/14-19Lucky Stiff - O'Connell 4/16-5/10Gospel at Colonus - Ujima 4/17-5/10Robert Dubac’s Book of Moron - Shea's 710 4/17The Dining Room, Carriage House Players, Taylor Theater, Lockport, April 17- 26Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder - Musicalfare 4/22-5/24 - postponed Imagine the World - Alleyway 4/23-5/16Modern Orthodox - Jewish Rep 4/23-5/17 -- possibly moved to next seasonCurious Case/Watson Road Less Traveled 4/23-5/17The Cherry Orchard - Irish Classical 4/24-5/17Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - New Phoenix 4/24-5/23Merrily We Roll Along -- UB Theatre & Dance, 4/24 - 5/3Shea's Black-tie Gala with Audra MacDonald 4/25 -- rescheduled 10/23Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Shea's, 4/29Mystery of Irma Vep - Kavinoky 5/1-24?Bubbling Brown Sugar - Paul Robeson Theatre 5/1-24Five Songs for Fillmore - Torn Space 5/1-17Carmen - Buffalo Opera Unlimited - 5/1&3 - moved to 12/4&6Bright Star - MusicalFare@710 5/7-17Go Dog Go - TOY 5/9-6/6?Anton in Show Business - Brazen-Faced Varlets 5/15-5/31?Two Afternoons at Kelly’s - Subversive 5/15-6/6Steel Magnolias - O'Connell & Co - 5/28-6/21Man with a Load of Mischief - Opera-Lytes - 6/4 - 7Drama at Inish - Irish Classical 6/5-28 Spunk -- Ujima - 6/5-28*?Cabaret - Second Generation 6/12-28?As You Like It -- Shakespeare in Delaware Park -- 6/13 - 7/12?Swing Swing Swing - Musicalfare 7/8-8/9?A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Shakespeare in Delaware Park -- 7/18 - 8/16 Listings courtesy of