Of last week's two openings, A.R. Gurney's "Family Furniture" at the Kavinoky (D'Youville campus) is "soulful" while Alan Ayckbourn's tightly plotted "Snake in the Grass," a Red Thread Theatre production at the Marie Maday Theatre (Canisius College), is the "thriller."
Opening is another play set in the 1950s, a comedy that makes you think: "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche." Set in a church basement and actually in the basement of the Ascension Church at the corner of Franklin, Linwood, and North streets, we find ourselves at a meeting of the "Susan B. Anthony society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein" as it is revealed that the Russians have launched an atomic bomb our way.
Josephine Hogan and Vincent O'Neill open tonight at the ICTC (Andrews Theatre on Main Street) in a drama set in 1182, "The Lion in Winter." It's family dysfunction, 12th century style, as a grand battle ensues between King Henry II of England and his wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.