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Curtain still up A look at what's on tap for the rest of the theater season

Alleyway Theatre

1 Curtain Up Alley, 852-2600

Jan. 18 to 27, "Plus And Beyond" (presented by TheatrePlus): Mix of theater, music, poetry and dance.

March 22 to April 7, "Buffalo Quickies: Annual Festival of Short Plays": Festival began in 1991; featuring Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition participants.

April 19 to May 5, "Lost in Hollywoodland": Book and lyrics by Alex Wexler, music by Bill Parsley. Neal Radice directs. Farce with a devil-theme.


Buffalo United Artists, 886-9239

Most BUA productions take place at Alleyway Theatre. Check Web site or call to confirm.

Today through Jan. 27, "Love! Valour! Compassion!": By Terrence McNally; Javier Bustillos directs.

Jan. 28, "A...My Name is Alice": Directed by Kelli Bocock-Natale; a 1992 cast reunion marking BUA's 15th anniversary.

Feb. 23 to March 17, "Based on a Totally True Story": Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's romantic gay comedy.

April 6 to 28, "Betrayal": By Harold Pinter. Written for two men and a woman, this production casts three men.

May 11 to June 2, "Sordid Lives": By Del Shores, directed by Chris Kelly. Unconditional love and coming out in Texas. The movie version has a cult following.


Irish Classical Theatre Company

Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., 853-ICTC

Next Friday to Feb. 11, "The Birthday Party": Harold Pinter's "comedy of menace." Vincent O'Neill and Josephine Hogan on stage together again.

March 2 to April 1, "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme": By Frank McGuinness, directed by Derek Campbell. Modern Irish war drama.

April 20 to May 20, "Blithe Spirit": By Noel Coward; directed by Vincent O'Neill and Brian Cavanagh.

June 1 to 24, "Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas": A MusicalFare collaboration starring Kelli Bocock-Natale.


Jewish Repertory Theatre

Feb. 22 to March 18, "Brooklyn Boy" (presented at Alleyway Theatre): A successful novelist is reminded of the importance of his roots.

June 7 to July 1, "Old Wicked Songs" (presented in MusicalFare Theatre): A virtuoso pianist suffers creative burnout.


Kavinoky Theatre

320 Porter Ave., 829-7668

Today through Feb. 4, "The Fourth Wall": By A. R. Gurney, directed by David Lamb. A premiere from Buffalo's own playwright, sending up theater.

March 2 to April 1, "Enchanted April": By Matthew Barber, based on Elizabeth von Arnim's novel. Four disparate London women rent an Italian villa.

April 27 to May 27, "The Importance of Being Earnest": By Oscar Wilde. Sharp dialogue, Victorian setting, upper class vilification.


Lancaster Opera House

21 Central Ave., Lancaster, 683-1776

Next Friday to Jan. 21, "Tony": A songful tribute to Tony Award winners.

Jan. 17, "Harry the Dirty Dog": Family fun.

Feb. 2 to 11, "Deathtrap": Ira Levin's comic thriller.

Feb. 16 to 25, "The Odd Couple": Neil Simon classic.

Feb. 28, "The Rainbow Fish": Family fare.

March 3, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide": By Ntzoke Shange.

March 9, to 18 "My Way": Frank Sinatra tribute.

March 16 to 25, "Finnegan's Farewell": A wake.

March 24 to April 1, "Stuart Little."

April 4, "Anne of Green Gables."

April 13 to 22, "Lying in State": Comedy.

April 27 to May 6, "The Pajama Game.": Classic musical.

May 11 to 20, "Moon Over Buffalo.": Comedy.

June 1 to 17, "The Sound of Music."



4380 Main St., Amherst, 839-8540

Wednesday to Feb. 11, "Familiar Strangers": Conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael J. Walline. Music direction by Michael G. Hake. Set to Joni Mitchell's music.

Feb. 28 to April 1, "Tick, Tick ... BOOM!": By Jonathan Larson. Autobiographical. Set in 1990; blends pop and musical theatre styles.

April 18 to May 20, "A Rainbow Journey: The Harold Arlen Story": Conceived by former News writer Anthony Violanti. Randall Kramer directs this new musical about Buffalo-born composer, who penned "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather" and hundreds of other songs.


New Phoenix Theatre

95 Johnson Park, 853-1334

Feb. 22 to March 10, Eric Bentley New Play Competition: Each year, presenting a script that explores its topic's boundaries.

March 22 to April 14, "Gilgamesh": Adapted by Franklin LaVoie and Robert Waterhouse. A new version of the Ur-myth inspired by Indonesian puppetry.

June 7 to 30, "Thrill Me": Musical by Stephen Dolginoff telling the famous story of two young, privileged men who heighten their relationship by murdering a young boy. Dolginoff will play the role of one of the young men in this production.


O'Connell & Co.

Cabaret in the Square Theatre, 4476 Main St., Amherst, 839-3949

Thursday to Feb. 11, "Starting Here, Starting Now": Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr., music by David Shire.

Feb. 22 to March 18, "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues": Memorable blues songs and legends tribute. Featuring the Ladies First Big Band Quartet.

April 12 to May 20, "The Musical of Musicals, The Musical!": Music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, book by Rockwell and Bogart.


Paul Robeson Theatre

African-American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave.


Feb. 2 to 25, "Mule Bone": By Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Directed by June L. Saunders Duell. Song-and-dance men Jim and Dave fight over a woman.

May 4 to 27, "Amen Sister": By Roger Parris. Directed by Mary Craig. Annual Mother's Day/dinner theatre production. Hypocrisy and potential tragedy mix with humor and sisterhood.


Road Less Traveled Productions

Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre, 639 Main St., 629-3069

April 13 to May 6, "Buffalo Movie": By Jon Elston. Scott Behrend directs this "edgy farce," with three desperate filmmakers hijacking a Hollywood director.


Studio Arena Theatre

710 Main St., 856-5650

Begins in previews today and continues through Jan. 28, "The Syringa Tree": By Pamela Gien, inspired by her life in South Africa. Gin Hammond's tour-de-force solo performance offers 24 characters spanning four generations.

Feb. 11 to March 4, "Of Mice and Men": By John Steinbeck.

March 16 to April 7, "The Mystery of Irma Vep": By Charles Ludlam.

April 20 to May 13, show TBA


Shea's Performing Arts Center

646 Main St., 847-0850

Feb. 6 to 11, "Sweet Charity": By Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields; musical based on Neil Simon's book. Molly Ringwald is Charity, an eternal optimist and unlucky romantic.

March 20 to 25, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels": Comedy based on the 1988 film; two con artists live on the French Riviera.

May 1 to 6, "Monty Python's Spamalot": Book by Eric Idle. Music and lyrics by Idle and John Du Prez. Directed by Mike Nichols. King Arthur and his Knights embark on their quest -- with flying cows, taunting Frenchmen and big, fancy musical numbers.

May 29 to June 3, "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life": By Terrence McNally. Starring the 74-year-old legend herself. Hits included from "West Side Story" to "Kiss of the Spider Woman."


Subversive Theatre, 408-0499

Jan. 25 to Feb. 10, "Foundations": Written and directed by Kurt Schneiderman. Gritty drama in the blue-collar realist tradition of O'Neill and Odets. In conjunction with Buffalo Ensemble Theatre; presented at New Phoenix Theatre.


Theatre of Youth

Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., 884-4400

Jan. 19 to Feb. 11, "Bridge to Terabithia": By Katherine Paterson and Stephanie S. Tolan. Jesse, 10 years old and an artist at heart, must come to terms with the idea that people we lose can always be part of us.

March 9 to April 1, "The Giver": By Eric Coble. Science-fiction thriller for ages 10 and up. Twelve-year-old Jonas discovers his controlling community is ruled by lies and determines to change things.

May 4 to June 3, "Charlotte's Web." By Joseph Robinette, adapted from book by E.B. White.


Torn Space

612 Fillmore Ave., 847-0839

March 9 to 31, "Endgame": By Samuel Beckett; directed by Vincent O'Neill.
March TBA, "Ovations" series of staged readings: Chris Standart directs "A Delicate Balance" by Edward Albee, "The Glory of Living" by Rebecca Gillman and more.

Spring TBA, "Hurlyburly": By David Rabe. The fully staged play will be rehearsed intensively and communally for one week before opening.
Ujima Company


TheaterLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave., 883-0380

March 2 to 25, "The Best Woman": By Gary Earl Ross. Imagines an American war-time presidential debate between two nominees: Dr. Nea Gilchrist (African-American, conservative, Republican) and Sen. Amanda Dean Styles (Northeastern, widow, liberal, Democrat).

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