Weekly Feature



2018-03-14 / Entertainment

Theatre

thurs. 15-sun. 18

Spring Awakening — The play explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with an illuminating and unforgettable poignancy and passion, under the direction of Randy Kramer for MusicalFare Theatre. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15; 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org. The play may not be appropriate for all ages due to adult language and mature themes, including sexual content.

fri. 16

Ben Butler — When an escaped slave shows up at Fort Monroe demanding sanctuary, Gen. Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma — follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history, under the direction of Robert Waterhouse. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, March 25, at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 829-7668, www.kavinokytheatre.com. Special talk-back performance/reception with playwright Richard Strand, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16.

tues. 20

DIVA: Nevertheless She Persisted — Benefit for the WNY Women’s Foundation, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

thurs. 22

DIVA by DIVA: American Patriot...A Woman’s Journey — The Suffragist DIVA Show marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in NYS a century after the ratification of the 19th amendment, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

ongoing: now-March 18

We Gotta Bingo — The WNY debut of this new dinner theater comedy created by WCB Creative LLC that pits two competing fictional church parishes against one another and puts you in the middle of the action. Presented by the Lancaster Regional Players and directed by Russ Wendel, performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, March 18, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancasterregionalplayers.org

now-March 24

The Nance — This Tony Award winner was first seen at NYC’s Lyceum Theatre in 2013. Set in the simmering cauldron of a NYC burlesque house in the depths of the Great Depression, this unfiltered tale follows the life of a professional “nance,” an openly gay stock character in both vaudeville and burlesque, under the direction of Kurt Schneiderman, with musical direction by Arrow Fitzgibbon. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Saturday, March 24, at Subversive Theatre Collective, Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., Great Arrow Building - 3rd Floor, Buffalo; $. 408-0499, www.subversivetheatre.org

now-March 25

Present Laughter — By Noel Coward and presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, under the direction of M. Joseph Fratello. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, March 25, at The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; $. 260-2319, www.niagaratheatre.com

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook — A WNY regional premiere, someone took Junie B.’s favorite mittens. So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen full of many colors, she thinks she’s allowed to keep it. It’s OK to keep it, right? Finders keepers, losers weepers, right? Right?! Junie B. Jones stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh and a great lesson, for ages 6 and older. Performances: 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and additional 4 p.m. performances on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, through Sunday, March 25, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

‘night, Mother — Presented by the Brazen-Faced Varlets, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner by Marsha Norman explores the final hour in the life of a young woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living. The production features Heather Fangsrud and Priscilla Young-Anker, under the direction of Lara D. Haberberger. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, March 25, at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St., Buffalo; $. www.varlets.org

The Night Alive — Conor McPherson’s comedy presented by Irish Classical Theatre under the direction of Brian Cavanagh. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, March 25, at Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo; $. 853-4282, www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope — Musical revue conceived by Vinnette Carroll, written by Micki Grant and directed by Carlos R.A. Jones. The revue sheds light on the many facets of the African-American experience through song and dance. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, March 25, at the Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-2013, www.aaccbuffalo.org

now-March 31

Jesus Christ Superstar — American Repertory Theater of Western New York presents the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical under the direction of Matthew LaChiusa and musical direction of Donald Jenczka. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Saturday, March 31, at the 330 Performance Space, 300 Amherst St. (next to the Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo); $. 697-0837, www.artofwny.org

Disgraced — This Road Less Traveled production looks at the rapidly changing American Dream in a 21st century America in this 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning play by Ayad Akhtar under the direction of John Hurley. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Saturday, March 31, at Road Less Traveled, 500 Pearl St., Buffalo; $. 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

now-April 15

Jitters — A series of disasters befall a theatre company trying to open a new Canadian play in this “backstage” comedy by David French under the direction of Jay Desiderio for Desiderio’s at Bobby J’s Dinner Theatre. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, April 15, at Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga; $ - reservations required for dinner. 395-3207, www.mybobbyjs.com

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