Theater Talk: Quality productions across town lead us towards the holidays

Nov 15, 2019

Before all the "Christmas" shows begin, fine productions abound right now, including TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at The Kavinoky and TWO TRAINS RUNNING at the Paul Robeson, as well as Mark Humphrey's THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, THE BOYS UPSTAIRS at BUA, OH MY GOD at JRT, THE INTERROGATION ROOM at RLTP, and with an extra show Saturday at 2 added by popular demand, SHE KILLS MONSTERS at Subversive (see listings below).

In Road Less Traveled Productions' THE INTERROGATION ROOM, L-R Dave Tyrik, John Vines, and Nick Stevens go at it as the detectives will try anything to coerce a confession from a young black man.
Credit Gina Gandolfo 2019

OPENING

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Broadway musical presented by Casting Hall Productions & Buffalo State Theater Department, directed by Carlos Jones. Nov 14-16, 21 & 22 at 8, Nov 23 at 2. Warren Enters Theatre, Upton Hall at Buffalo State College (878-3005).

GUYS & DOLLS, Broadway musical presented by UB Department of Theatre & Dance, directed by Keith Andrews. Nov 15-24, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Black Box Theatre, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus (645-6897) www.theatredance.buffalo.edu

JERSEY BOYS, touring production of the Broadway musical. Nov 15-17, 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

TWO TRAINS RUNNING, play by August Wilson, directed by Edward G. Smith, starring Al Garrison, Debbi Davis, Fisher, Hugh Davis, Michael Hicks, Roosevelt Tidwell III, Vincenzo McNeill, Russell Holt. Nov 15-Dec 8, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

ONGOING

THE BOYS UPSTAIRS, comedy by Jason Mitchell presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Todd Fuller, starring Jonathan Beckner, Zachary Bellus, Jeremy Catania, Ricky Needham, Daniel Torres. Through Nov 23, Fri & Sat at 8. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239) www.buffalounitedartists.org

COMPANY, musical by Stephen Sondheim presented by The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Fran Newton, starring Joe Fratello, Chris Andreana, Rachael Buchanan, John Parascak, Joanne Pera, Sydney Bucholtz, Madison Hanel, Erin Holmes, Dan Zerpa, Lucas Colon, Emily Plotkin, Tami Martel, Alexandra Montesano, Christopher Parada. Through Nov 24, plus Nov 23 at 3.  Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 550 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda (260-2319). www.niagaratheatre.com

ELF, THE MUSICAL by Martin, Beguelin & Slar, directed by Michael Walline, starring  Melinda Capeles, Louis Colaiacovo, Adrienne Ricchiazzi Cummings, Chris Cummings, Rheanna Gallego, Chris J. Handley, Jake Hayes, Stevie Jackson, Johnny Kiener, Nicholas Lama, Bob Mazierski, Jennifer Mysliwy, Dan Urtz, Michael Wachowiak, Alexandria Watts. Through Nov 22, 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

INTERROGATION ROOM, play by Jon Elston, directed by Scott Behrend, starring Matt Witten, John Vines, Nick Stevens, Dave Tyrik. Through Nov 24, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, play based on the novel by Harper Lee, adapted by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Kyle LoConti, starring Chris Avery, Aleks Malejs, Xavier Harris, Robyn Baun, Shantina Moore, Paul Maisano, Patrick Moltane, John Profeta, David Lundy, Michael Seitz, Jacob Albarella, Marie Costa, Mary McMahon, Ray Boucher, Kevin Kennedy, Peter Palmisano. Through Dec 8, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

CLOSING

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, play by Mark Humphrey presented by Navigation Theatre Company, starring Victor Morales, Suzie Hibbard, Monish Bhattacharyya, Jonathan K Foreman, Timothy Costaglia. Through Nov 16, Thu & Fri at 8, Sat at 5. Compass Performing Arts Center, 545 Elmwood Ave. (697-0837).

MY LIFE IN THE BASEMENT, written and performed by John "Circ" Kane, directed by Joyce Stilson. Through Nov 16, Fri & Sat at 8. Alleyway Cabaret, 672 Main St. (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

OH MY GOD, play by Anat Gov presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Todd Benzin, Max Goldhirsch, Lisa Ludwig. Through 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

SHE KILLS MONSTERS, play by Qui Nguyen presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Emily Yancey, Jamie Nablo, Ryan Kaminski, Rick Lattimer, David Moran, Stefanie Warnick, Sofia Matlasz, Mara Westerling-Morris, Jaimee Harmon, Bekki Sliwa. Through Nov 16, Thu-Sat at 7:30, plus NEWLY ADDED! Nov 16 at 2. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

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. Through 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

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, musical adapted for the stage by Jeremy Brooks & Adrian Mitchell, from the words by Dylan Thomas, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Vincent O’Neill, Tyler Eisenmann, Michele Roberts, Ben Michael Moran, Nicole Cimato, Christian Brandjes, Karen Harty, Brittany Bassett, Renee Landrigan, Gregory Gjurich Charmagne Chi, Megan Callahan, Joseph Donohue III, Brandon Barry. Nov 22-Dec 15, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.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) Rehearsals continue for HOLIDAY INN (November 16 - December 22) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (November 13 - December 22)