Theater Talk: There's always something new going on, on stage

Feb 8, 2019

This week it's a new play by Subversive's Kurt Schneiderman called TALES OF THE DRIVEN, new choreography by HAMILTON choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler in CATs at Shea's, a fairly new adaptation of Richard Wright's NATIVE SON at the Paul Robeson, and new staging for TUCK EVERLASTING at the Theater of Youth.

TALES OF THE DRIVEN at Subversive Theatre brings a troupe of actors in direct confrontation with the church, but not without a few "Renaissance Faire" rousing good times.
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OPENING

RAGTIME, musical by Ahrens, Flaherty & McNally, directed by Randall Kramer, starring Kyle Baran, Noah Bielecki, Brian Brown, George L. Brown, Taylor Carlson, Charmagne Chi, Adam Eckmair, Bennett Goldberg, Jake Hayes, Stevie Jackson, Dominique Kempf, Jon May, Ricky Needham, Lorenzo Shawn Parnell, Marc Sacco, Chrissy Vogric-Hunnell, Michael Wachowiak, Alexandria Watts. Feb 13-Mar 17, 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

TALLEY’S FOLLY, play by Lanford Wilson presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Steve Vaughan, starring Anne Roaldi Boucher, Chris J. Handley. Feb 7-Mar 3, 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

ONGOING

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, stage adaptation by Richard Greenberg, presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Matthew LaChiusa, starring Candice Kogut, Ryan Kaminski, Heather Casseri, Derrik Reynolds, Dewel Perez, Robert Insana, Elizabeth Oddy, Chris Wagner. Through Feb 16, Thu-Sat at 8, plus Feb 10 at 2. ART/WNY, 545 Elmwood Ave. (983-4345). www.artofwny.org

LOVE LETTERS, play by A.R. Gurney presented by O'Connell & Company, directed by Roger Paolini. Through Feb 24, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

TALES OF THE DRIVEN, play written & directed by Kurt Schneiderman, presented by Subversive Theatre, starring David Wysocki, Elliot Fox, Lawrence Roswell, Nigel Williams. Through Feb 23, Thu-Sat at 7:30. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, play by Agatha Christie presented by Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Les Bailey, starring Kunji Rey, Mike Breen, Mike Starzynski, Ryan Morgan, Paul Bene, Tim Bookhagen, Sarah Fratello, Randy Rumley. Through Feb 17, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3, plus Feb 16 at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 550 Road, Tonawanda (260-2319). www.niagaratheatre.com

CLOSING

CATS, touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Feb 10, 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

THE ILLUSION, play by Tony Kushner adapted from Corneille’s  L'Illusion Comique, directed by John Hurley, starring Lisa Vitrano, Dave Hayes, Patrick Cameron, Cassie Cameron, Rolando Gomez, Sara Kow-Falcone, David Marciniak, Ray Boucher. Through Feb 10, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

NATIVE SON, play by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from the novel by Richard Wright, directed by Paulette D. Harris, starring Alphonso Walker Jr., Augustus Donaldson Jr., Debbi Davis, Deborah A. Krygier. Through Feb 10, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

SENSE & SENSIBILITY, play by Kate Hamill based on the novel by Jane Austen presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Kate LoConti, Josephine Hogan, Jenn Stafford, Anthony Alcocer, Renee Landrigan, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Ben Michael Moran, Brendan Didio, Brittany Bassett, David Lundy. Through Feb 10, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

TUCK EVERLASTING, play by Mark J. Frattaroli based on the book by Natalie Babbitt, presented by Theatre of Youth. Through Feb 10, Sat & Sun at 2. Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400). www.theatreofyouth.org

UPCOMING

BRIDGE OF ROSES, world premiere musical by Giovanna Albani & Daniele Maugeri, directed by Neal Radice, starring Emily Yancey, Kim Piazza, Tim Goehrig, Daniel Keith Barone, Jeremy Catania, Amy Feder, Roger Griffiths, Andrew Zuccari, Meghan Cobham, Roger VanDette, Heather Reed, Caoimhe Krueger. Feb 14-Mar 2, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

COPENHAGEN, play by Michael Frayn, presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Katie Mallinson. Feb 21-24, Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Acting Studio
Clet Hall (286-8685). http://theatre.niagara.edu

THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, a world premiere stage adaptation of the film written by John Cassavetes, presented by Torn Space, directed by Dan Shanahan. Feb 15-Mar 9, Thu-Sat at 7:30, plus Mar 10 at 7:30. 612 Fillmore Ave. www.tornspacetheater.com

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR, comedy by Bernard Slade presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Lisa Ludwig, Don Gervasi.  Feb 21-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

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice.com, 2/7/2019