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A full slate of offerings from 21 Buffalo theater companies

The Buffalo theater community’s annual Curtain Up! event, the official start to another breathless season of plays and musicals and a local rite of autumn as familiar as the 1 p.m. kickoff, is upon us.

For Curtain Up! newbies, here’s the drill: Chances are if you don’t have tickets already, you’re not going to the traditional gala dinner at Shea’s, which gets started Friday with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour. Check for any tickets that remain to 15 season-opening shows from local theaters listed below and at Buffalo.com. And if you come up empty there as well, there’s always the party. It starts at 10 p.m. and runs on Main Street in the theater district into the wee hours.

Below is a list of Western New York’s professional and semiprofessional theater companies and information about the first show in their current seasons, whether during Curtain Up! or later on, listed in order of opening date.

Curtain Up! shows:

MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst. 839-8540 or musicalfare.com.

“In the Heights,” through Oct. 11.

Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley. 852-2600 or alleyway.com.

“Granny Bird,” through Oct. 3

Subversive Theatre Collective, Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. 408-0499 or subversivetheatre.org.

“Slaughterhouse Five (or the Children’s Crusade),” through Oct. 11.

Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, Swan Auditorium, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg

“Doubt: A Parable,” through Sept. 26.

Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., 829-7668 or www.kavinokytheatre.com.

“King o’ the Moon: Over the Tavern Part 2,” through Oct. 4

Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. 683-1776 or www.lancopera.org.

“Spamalot,” through Sept. 27.

Road Less Traveled Productions, Road Less Traveled Theatre, 500 Pearl St. 629-3069 or roadlesstraveledproductions.org.

“Speed of Light,” through Oct. 4.

710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St. 847-0820 or sheas.org/710main.

“For Heaven’s Sake!”, Thursday to Oct. 4.

Buffalo Chrysalis Theatre Company, the Grange Theatre, 22 Main St., Hamburg. 903-9288 or buffalochrysalistheatre.com.

“Duets: Buffalo to Broadway,” Friday and Saturday.

American Repertory Theatre of Western New York, Medaille College Auditorium, 18 Agassiz Circle.

“Carrie: The Musical,” Thursday to Oct. 10.

O’Connell and Company, Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. 848-0800 or oconnellandcompany.com

“Ten Days to Happiness,” Thursday to Oct. 18.

Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave. 884-2013 or aaccbuffalo.org.

“How I Got Over,” Friday through Oct. 11.

Buffalo United Artists, Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. 886-9239 or buffalobua.org.

“Buyer and Cellar,” Friday to Oct. 4

Irish Classical Theatre Company, Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. 853-4282 or irishclassical.com.

“A Little Night Music,” Friday to Oct. 18.

New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park. 853-1334 or newphoenixtheatre.org.

“The Real Thing,” Friday through Oct. 10.

Shea’s Smith Theatre, 660 Main St. 847-1410 or sheas.org.

“Off the Charts,” Friday

Later in the season:

Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. 847-0820 or sheas.org.

“Newsies,” Sept. 29 to Oct. 4.

Brazen-Faced Varlets, Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. varlets.org.

“The Last Reading of Charlotte Cushman,” Oct. 3 to 18.

Theatre of Youth, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. 884-4400 or theatreofyouth.org.

“Sleepy Hollow,” Oct. 9 to 25.

Jewish Repertory Theatre, Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. 688-4114 or jewishrepertorytheatre.com.

“My Name is Asher Lev,” Oct. 22 to Nov. 15.

Torn Space Theater, Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library, 612 Fillmore Ave. 812-5733 or tornspacetheater.com.

“Nora,” Nov. 12 to Dec. 6.

Ujima Theatre, various locations. 281-0092 or ujimacoinc.org.

“El Hajj Malik,” February 2016.

Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle. February show to be announced.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park. 856-4533 or shakespeareindelawarepark.org.

“Winter’s Tale,” June 23 to July 17.

email: cdabkowski@buffnews.com

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