Theater Talk: Theatrical space is at a premium, but that hasn't hurt the high quality offerings

Mar 22, 2019

In the past several years a number of city-based theatrical companies have had to contemplate a move (some several times) including American Repertory, Buffalo United Artists, Road Less Traveled, and Second Generation, but it's happening in the suburbs too, to MusicalFare (several years down the road) and now the Lancaster Regional Players at the Lancaster Opera House. 

The delightful JUNGLE BOOK cast directed by Chris Kelly at Theatre of Youth makes full use of their "jungle gym" rotating set, on stage through April 7.
Credit Christy Francis

OPENING

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. Mar 21-Apr 23, Thu-Sat at 8 (no shows Mar 29&30), plus Mar 27 & 31 at 8. TheaterLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave. (697-0837). www.artofwny.org

RENT, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Mar 26-31, 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

ONGOING

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY, one-man show by James Lecesne presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Todd Warfield, starring Jimmy Janowski. Through Mar 30, Fri & Sat at 8. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239). www.buffalounitedartists.org

AFTER THE FALL, drama by Arthur Miller presented by Subversive Theatre in association with Post Industrial Productions, directed by Bob Van Valin, starring Darryl Hart, Bethany Burrows, Elliot Fox, Kate Parker, Brendan Cunningham, Kathleen Rooney, Alex Rubin, Amanda Vink, Bekki Sliwa. Jessica Leigh Tokarski. Through Apr 6, Thu-Sat at 7:30, plus Mar 24 & 31 at 2. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, play by Stephen Adly Guirgis directed by Scott Behrend, starring Victoria Pérez, Dave Mitchell, Lisa Vitrano, John Vines, Alejandro Gomez, Melinda Capeles, Gabriel Roberé. Through Mar 31, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

THE JUNGLE BOOK, play by Greg Banks based on the books by Rudyard Kipling presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Dan Torres, Bobby Cooke, Brendan Didio, Lissette DeJesus, Rick Lattimer, Matthew DiVita. Through Apr 7, Sat & Sun at 2. Apr 6 at 1&4 instead of 2.  Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400). www.theatreofyouth.org

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, musical presented by Musicalfare Theatre, directed by Randall Kramer, Andrew J. Reimers, Joseph Donohue III, Brandon Barry, Nick Stevens, Jeffrey Coyle, Arianne Davidow. Through Mar 24, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2, plus Mar 30 at 8 & Mar 31 at 2. Shea's 710 Theatre, 710 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

1984 by George Orwell, adapted for the stage by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan directed by Kyle LoConti, starring Chris Avery, Aleks Malejs, Shanntina Moore, John Profetta, Robyn Baun, Johnny Rowe, Xavier Harris, Steve Jakiel, Paul Maisano, Patrick Moltane. Through Apr 7, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. (no performance Apr 5). Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR, comedy by Bernard Slade presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Lisa Ludwig, Don Gervasi.  Through Apr 7, evening shows arrival at 6, show at 7:30; matinee shows arrival at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com

THE SIDEWALK STAGEPLAY, written by Edreys Wajed & Paulette D. Harris, directed by Harris. Mar 15-Apr 7, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

CLOSING

ANGELS IN AMERICA PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, play by Tony Kushner presented by Second Generation Theatre, directed by Greg Natale, starring Jacob Albarella, Kristin Bentley, Steve Copps, Anthony J. Grande, Dudney Joseph Jr., Kristen Tripp Kelley, Mary McMahon, Ben Michael Moran, David Oliver. Through Mar 24, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (508-7480). www.secondgenerationtheatre.com

FROST/NIXON, play by Peter Morgan, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Brian Cavanagh, starring Jack Hunter, Adriano Gatto, Peter Palmisano, David Lundy, Matt Witten, Renee Landrigan, Adam Yellen, Ray Boucher, Jamie O’Neill. Through Mar 24, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN, adapted and directed by Lawrence Gregory Smith. Through Mar 23, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

PRESENT LAUGHTER, comedy by Noel Coward presented by Aurora Players, directed by Monish Bhattacharyya, Through Mar 24, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. The Roycroft Pavilion, in Hamlin Park. South Grove St., East Aurora (687-6727). www.auroraplayers.org

UPCOMING

THE OCCUPANT, play by Edward Albee presented by Burchfield Penney Art Center in collaboration with SuiteCase Productions, starring Christina Rausa, Daniel Lendzian. Mar 29 & 30 at 8. Art Center Tower Auditorium, 1300 Elmwood Ave. (878-6011).

PYGMALION, comedy by Shaw presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Doug Zschiegner.  Mar 28-Apr 1, Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30, Sun at 2, Mon at 7. Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, NU campus (286-8685).

THE SECRETARY, comedy by Kyle John Schimdt presented by The Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara D. Haberberger, starring Heather Fangsrud, Stefanie Warnick, Davida Tolbert, Jeannine Giffear, Jamie Nablo, Caroline Parzy-Sanders. Mar 29-Apr 6, Fri & Sat at 8.  Plus Apr 13 at 8 & Apr 14 at 2. Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. (598-1585).

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 3/20/2019