With all the interest in the revitalization of downtown Buffalo, home of "THE theater district," we sometimes forget about great theater in the suburbs, including Lancaster, where a family drama inspired by Chekhov is at the Lancaster Opera House.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE,a play by Christopher Durang presented by Second Generation Theatre Company, directed by Doug Weyand, starring Lou Colaiacovo, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Lisa Ludwig, Ricky Marchese, Charmagne Chi, Kelsey Mogensen inspired by Chekhov, runs through February 6, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30 at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).
ALL MY SONS, the drama by Arthur Miller about war time profiteering, is presented by The Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Greg Natale, starring Peter Palmisano, Josie DiVincenzo, Anthony Alcocer, Candice Kogut and runs through February 7. Thursday & Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 & 7:30, Sunday at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC).
SPEAK NO EVIL, a new comedy by NYC playwright Sonya Sobieski, directed by Neal Radice, starring David C. Mitchell, Melissa Leventhal, Joey Bucheker, Emily Yancy, Joyce Stilson, James Cichocki is a “thinking persons” play, and runs through February 13, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600).
FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a play by Mark St. Germain with two historical characters, Dr. Sigmund Freud and the Christian apologist C. S. Lewis, directed by Katie Mallinson, starring David Oliver and Matt Witten runs through February 14, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. (629-3069).
KEELY AND DU, a drama by Jane Martin presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Toni Smith Wilson, starring Kelly Beuth, Kate Olena, Jack Agugliaro, Michael Starzynski about more than abortion rights runs through February 6, Thursday-Saturday at 8. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).
ORDINARY DAYS, musical by Adam Gwon presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Victoria Perez, starring Reed Bentley, Edith Grossman, Adam Hayes, Jennel Pruneda runs through February 21, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800).
RING OF FIRE, a musical that’s more like a revue featuring the songs of Johnny Cash, directed by Michael Walline, starring Katie Clark, Steve Copps, Kevin Craig, Philip Farugia, Bob Mazierski, Theresa Quinn, Zak Ward, Maggie Zindle runs through February 28, Wed & Thursday at 7, Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 & 7, Sunday at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).
Opening this weekend are THE MIRACLE WORKER, drama by William Gibson presented by The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Les Bailey, starring Sarah Potozniak, Bethany Kulikowski, Jessica Dows, Joe Cassidy is up January 29-February 14, Friday & Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 3 at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda (260-2319) and WHY WE HAVE A BODY, a comedy-drama by Claire Chafee presented by the Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Elizabeth Oddy starring Jennifer Fitzery, Heather Fangsrud, Lara Haberberger, Jeanne Vuich is up January 30-February 14, Saturday & Sunday at 2. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. (771-6267). ONGOING
Closings this weekend include END OF THE RAINBOW, musical drama by Peter Quilter, directed by Lisa Ludwig, starring Natasha Drena, Greg Gjurich, Chris Hatch, David Lundy. Through January 31, Thursday & Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3:30 & 7:30, Sunday at 2.Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). And PIPPIN, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through January 31, Thursday at 7:30, Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 & 8, Sunday at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).