FROM SOUTH BUFFALO TO TENNESSEE
After its wildly successful staging of the new play "Jimmytown" by Buffalo writer Anthony Cardinale to open its season, the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre now turns to one of America's finest playwrights, Tennessee Williams. Their choice is a little-seen, two-character comedy-drama called "Outcry" from 1967. According to BET, Williams said at some point he regarded it as his "most beautiful play since 'Streetcar'." This is saying a lot. It's about a brother and sister touring with an acting troupe. They are left high and dry by the rest to try to carry on the grand tradition of opening night by themselves. This results in a play within a play. Jack Hunter is directing it for performances starting Thursday in the New Phoenix Theatre, 95 N. Johnson Park. The sister will be played by Ellen Opiela, the brother by Richard Lambert. Performances continue at 8 Thursdays through Nov. 23.
-- Terry Doran
TAPPING INTO LOCAL TALENT
This weekend two venerable community orchestras will feature home-grown talents, one just starting his career and the other a distinguished veteran branching out into a different area. Today at 7:30 p.m. in Orchard Park Middle School violinist Jeffrey Kazukiewicz, a graduate of West Seneca East High School, will be the soloist with the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Staebell in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D. At Ithaca College he was concertmaster of the symphony and chamber orchestras. Kazukiewicz is now seeking his master's degree in violin performance at the University of Akron. Also on the program will be "Poeme" by Buffalo composer John Armesto, selections from "Mr. Holland's Opus" and works of Mussorgsky and Reznicek.
Then on Sunday at 7 p.m. Ronald Richards, principal oboist and charter member of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, will put down his oboe and step to the podium to conduct the orchestra as a candidate for its new music director. Handel's "Water Music Suite," the Prelude to Act 3 of Wagner's "Lohengrin," the Finale from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and selections from "Star Trek" will be his orchestral choices, and he will be joined by baritone Daniel McCabe in two Handel arias plus several of Copland's "Old American Songs." Richards is on the faculty of the University at Buffalo, founder and director of the Buried Treasures Ensemble, and a frequent performer with the Buffalo Philharmonic.
-- Herman Trotter
FILLING THE SCREENS
Who says moviegoing is dead downtown? Or even wounded?
Take the Shea's Buffalo Free Film Series. It's on one of the biggest and best screens in the area and in the area's most honored and palatial theater. And when they throw open the doors for things like the great classic "Gone With the Wind" (to be shown at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday), Shea's management reports that so many people usually show up, they have to turn some away.
Worth the trouble anyway.
Go down half a block and turn right and go to the Calumet Arts Cafe on Chippewa Street. They've got a weekday film series going (at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Brando screams for Stella and makes life difficult for Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire"). As if that weren't enough, they've entered into a partnership with the International Institute and the UB Graduates Association to present an international film series of recent works directed by women every Sunday at 5 p.m. through mid-November. And, yes, dinner will be available for filmgoers.
This Sunday's film is Maria Luisa Bemberg's compellingly strange Argentine film "I Don't Want to Talk About It" starring Marcello Mastroianni, in one of his increasingly rare recent roles, as a man courting a dwarf -- and in turn being courted by her mother. To be shown Nov. 3 is Martine Dugowson's highly unusual French film "Mina Tannenbaum," a film that was shown at a recent Jewish Film Festival here but never had a commercial Buffalo run.
-- Jeff Simon