Theater Talk: one-act festivals on three different Buffalo stages feature local talent

Apr 19, 2019

Short play festivals abound! The Alleyway continues BUFFALO QUICKIES, highlighting eight local playwrights. At Buff State, the focus is on local, student directors with six one-acts. At the Manny Fried Playhouse, Raices Theatre presents locally written bilingual musical (yes!) shorts in their DESDE EL PUENTE series.

Raices actors Alejandro Gómez, Lissette DeJesús, Maria Pérez-Gómez, and Rolando E. Gómez are in the one-act musical festival DESDE EL PUENTE which opens tonight
Credit Victoria Perez

OPENING

DESDE EL PUENTE, one-act play festival presented by Raíces Theatre Company, written, directed and performed by members of the Raíces ensemble. Apr 19-May 5, Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 3, Sun at 6. Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. Third Floor (381-9333). www.raicestheatrecompany.com

LATE IN THE EVENING: The World According to Paul Simon, world premiere musical conceived and directed by Michael Walline, starring Noah Bielecki, Cathy Carfagna, Terrie Ann George, Timmy Goodman, Robert Insana, Dudney Joseph, Jr., Dominique Kempf, Bob Mazierski, Sean Murphy, Emily Prucha, Zak Ward. Apr 24-May 26, 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

ONGOING

BUFFALO QUICKIES, annual festival of one-act plays, directed by Joyce Stilson, Samantha Marchant, Stephanie Riso, Carly Weiser, starring Stephanie Bax, Andrew Zuccari, Dylan Brozyna, Shawnell Tillery, Jaimee Harmon, Mike Starzynski. Through May 4, Thu-Sat at 7:30 Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

CLOSING

10-MINUTE PLAYS, presented by The Theater Department and Casting Hall Productions, April 19, at 8. Savage Theater and Communication Building Flexible Theatre, Buffalo State. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Rockwell Hall Box Office or by phone (878-3005), or online.  www.theater.buffalostate.edu

PARADE, musical by Jason Robert Brown & Alfred Uhry, presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Matthew Refermat, starring Jordan Levin, Melissa Levin, Tim Goehrig, Nick Lama, Marisa Caruso, Elise Vullo, Brandon Williamson, Lucas DeNies, Christopher Cummings, Brittney Bassett, Talia Mobley. Through Apr 21, Thu-Sat at 8. TheaterLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave. (697-0837). www.artofwny.org

UPCOMING

ANNAPURNA, play by Sharr White, directed by Terry Kimmel, starring Lisa Ludwig, John Profeta. Apr 26-May 18, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

THE BOOK OF MORMON, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Apr 30-May 5, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

EQUIVOCATION, play by Bill Cain, directed by Katie Mallinson, starring Guy Balotine, Arianne Davidow, Christoper Avery, Christopher Guilmet, Adriano Gatto, Darryl Semira. Apr 26-May 19, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

HAMLET by William Shakespeare, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Kate LoConti Alcocer, starring Adam Yellen, Rolando Gomez, Matt Witten, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Anthony Alcocer, Patrick Cameron, Chris Kelly, Anna Krempholtz, Peter Raimondo, Jake Hayes. Apr 26-May 19, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL, musical by Hach, O’Keefe & Benjamin, presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Steve Braddock. Apr 25-May 5, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2, plus Apr 27 at 2.  Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, NU campus (286-8685). http://theatre.niagara.edu

LOOKING THROUGH GLASS, play by Ken Kaissar presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Zachary Bellus, Arin Lee Dandes, Angelo J. Heimowitz, David Lundy. Tina Rausa. May 9-Jun 2, 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

THE THREEPENNY OPERA, play with music by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, adapted by Simon Stephens, presented by UB Department of Theatre & Dance, directed by Nathan R. Matthews. May 2-5, Thu-Sat at 7:30; Sat & Sun at 2. Drama Theatre, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus (645-6897) www.theatredance.buffalo.edu

1776, musical by Sherman Edwards & Peter Stone presented by O'Connell & Company, directed by Steve Vaughan, Pamela Rose Mangus, Mary Kate O’Connell, Melissa Leventhal, Mary Craig, Mary Moebius, Sara Jo Kukulka, Ann DeFazio, Priscilla Anker-Young, Sam Crystal, Emily Yancey, Sara Kovacsi, Marie Olczak. Apr 25-May 19, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW, play by Laura Eason directed by David Oliver, starring Peter Palmisano, Diane DiBernardo, Christine Turturro, Johnny Barden, Jeffrey Coyle, Nick Stevens. Apr 26-May 19, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org
 

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 04/27/2019