Weekly Feature



2018-02-08 / Entertainment

Theatre

thurs. 8

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. The production features Brian Brown, Nicole Marrale Cimato, Dudney Joseph Jr., Ben Michael Moran, Lorenzo Shawn Parnell, Victoria Perez, Michele Marie Roberts, Marc Sacco and Zoe Scruggs, under the direction and choreography of John Fredo, with musical direction by Theresa Quinn. Opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, and continues at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, March 11, at MusicalFare Theatre’s Mainstage Theatre at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com

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. Opening night: Dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, and continues at 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

fri. 9

The Diary of Anne Frank — Presented by the Lancaster Opera House, directed by LOH Artistic/Executive Director David Bondrow and features David Butler, Caitlin Baeumler Coleman, Brandon Czerwinski, Josie DiVincenzo, Stan Klimecko, Louise Koessler, Matthew Owen Kozak, Ian Michalski, David C. Mitchell, Mira Steuer and Jessica Leigh Tokarski. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

thurs. 15

Master Harold and the Boys — By Athol Fugard, in a tea shop owned by his parents, Harold does homework while two black men rehearse ballroom dancing. Harold and the men, who have long worked for his family, recall fond memories of times spent together as the young boy escaped his family life. But when news comes that the boy’s father is returning home, the personal becomes political. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, and continues at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org

ongoing: now-Feb. 10

How I Learned To Drive — Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play presented by the Subversive Theatre Collective under the direction of Kelly M. Beuth. The story follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li’l Bit and her Uncle Peck, from her adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, through Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., Buffalo; $. 462-5549, www.subversivetheatre.org

now-Feb. 11

An Act of God — The King of the Universe is tacking His greatest challenge yet: Live theatre. God takes on the form of Buffalo actor Joey Bucheker in this 90-minute comedy by David Javerbaum where the Almighty and His devoted Angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight — and he’s not holding back. Also features Jake Hayes and Dan Morris, under the direction of Victoria Perez. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

The Nether — Sometime in the near future, the Internet has evolved into the “Nether,” a place where gender, age, identity and truth are malleable, and your darkest desires and fears are all-too obtainable. “The Nether” is a mystery/crime drama where even thoughts are actions, and every action has a real-world consequence. Written by Jennifer Haley, the production is directed by Katie Mallinson. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at Road Less Traveled Theatre, 500 Pearl St., Buffalo; $. 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

The Constant Wife — W. Somerset Maugham’s 1926 comedy of manners filled with devastating satire and biting humor, under the direction of David Oliver for the Irish Classical Theatre Company. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo; $. 853-4282, www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

Skeleton Crew — Dominique Morisseau’s “The Detroit Project” trilogy of plays concludes with this Paul Robeson Theatre production about the impending closing of the city’s last auto-stamping plant. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 11, at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-2013, www.aaccbuffalo.org

All My Sons — The Arthur Miller classic is presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, under the direction of Fran Newton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, Feb. 11. Added performance: 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; $. 260-2319, www.niagaratheatre.com

Waitress — The National touring production from the ground-breaking all-female creative team that included six-time Grammy┬« Award nominee Sara Bareilles and acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, the production also includes two local young actresses, Isabella Maritato and Sophia Vandette, who will alternate the role of Lulu. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 and Thursday, Feb. 8; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, as part of the M&T Bank 2017-18 Broadway series at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org

now-Feb. 25

Rose — The Jewish Repertory Theatre’s production of Martin Sherman’s portrait of a feisty Jewish woman who traveled from a tiny Russian village to the Warsaw Ghetto, to a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona Canyons and salsa-flavored nights in Miami Beach. Stars Tina Rausa under the direction of Saul Elkin. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst; $. 650-7626, www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com

Announcement

Second Generation Theatre To Move to Shea’s Smith Theatre — Second Generation Theatre will take up residence at Shea’s Smith Theatre for the 2018-2019 season and beyond. “We are thrilled to be associated with Shea’s Performing Arts Center and to bring our audience to the versatile Shea’s Smith Theatre space,” said SGT Executive Director Kristin Bentley. “After a nomadic five years, we couldn’t be happier to plant roots in the bustling theatre district and partner with Shea’s under the exciting vision of Michael Murphy.” The company will be announcing its season along with the rest of the Shea’s family in March 2018, but its musical in the new space will take place in October 2018.

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