Weekly Feature



2018-03-08 / Entertainment

Theatre

thurs. 8

Jesus Christ Superstar — American Repertory Theater of Western New York presents the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical that features Christopher Teal, Anthony Alcocer, Candice Kogut, Casey Moyer, Nick Lama, Eliot Fox, Timothy Goehrig, Gary Andrews Steglitz, Elliot Fox, Jack Kreuzer, Clarissa Maloy, Amy Feder, Jasmine Fiero, Cameron Kogut, Courtney Maj, Kelly O’Hara, Katherine Parker, Rich Kraemer, Joe Spahn and Madalyn Teal, under the direction of Matthew LaChiusa and musical direction of Donald Jenczka. Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, and continues at 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

Spring Awakening — The play explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with an illuminating and unforgettable poignancy and passion. The production features Jacob Albarella and Lisa Vitrano as the adults in the show, along with Leah Berst, Patrick Cameron, Arianne Davidow, Adam, Kluge, Nick Stevens, Emily Yancey, Arin Lee Dandes, Brittany Bassett, Dan Urtz, Preston D. Williams and Lucas Denies, under the direction of Randy Kramer for MusicalFare Theatre. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, and continues at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11; 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.

thurs. 8 & sun. 11

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, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com. The second performance of the weekend will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 555 Northhampton St., Buffalo; freewill offering at the door.

thurs. 8-sun. 11

Something Rotten! — This hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star, Will Shakespeare. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 7 and 8; 8 p.m. Friday, March 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org

fri. 9

Present Laughter — By Noel Coward and presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, the production features Marc Ruffino, Dianna Kolek, Dawn Marcolini Newton, Lori Panaro, Robyn Baun, and Brian Tabak, under the direction of M. Joseph Fratello. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, and continues at 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

sat. 10

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. Opens at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and continues at 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

wed. 14

Classic DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $ (benefiting O’Connell & Company charities). 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

ongoing: now-March 10

Beginning Again — David Alan Brown’s lyrical play that examines the abrasive power of three bearers of light, insight and self-examination. Winner of the 2016 Maxim Mazumdar new play competition. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Saturday, March 10, at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

now-March 11

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller — Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll. Now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying production that illuminates a golden age of American culture, and features nearly 40 of their songs, including “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me,” and many more, under the direction and choreography of John Fredo, with musical direction by Theresa Quinn. Performances: 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, March 11, at MusicalFare Theatre’s Mainstage Theatre at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com

Far Away — Playwright Caryl Churchill’s 60-minute epic, “Far Away” sets the stage for a bleak world in which basic truths demand further scrutiny. Without defining the where or how, it paints an autocratic society dominated by fear in three highly structured acts that range from the intimate to the ethereal, under the direction of Dan Shanahan. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and a final performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Torn Space Theater, Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle & Library, 612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo; $. 812-5733, www.tornspacetheater.com

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. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, March 18, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancasterregionalplayers.org

now-March 25

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

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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