The queen is coming back.
Following Jimmy Janowski's buzzworthy performance in Buffalo United Artists' production of "Cleopatra" in March and April, the company is bring him back for a six-show encore.
Janowski, whose facial expressions each deserve separate billing, stars as camped-up Queen of the Nile in Charles Busch's outrageous take on the Shakespeare tragedy. It mixes references to 20th century film history with snippets of iambic pentameter and a heavy dose of the absurd.
Even as Janowski vehicles go, this one has been extraordinarily popular. It was featured in Buffalo's pride parade, when he rode with a phalanx of scantily clad Egyptian admirers down Elmwood Avenue to the adulation of the crowd. Janowski, fully in character, waved demurely from his royal perch in the bed of a truck.
The production, directed by camp master Todd Warfield, also features Michael Seitz, Bebe Bvulgari, Maria Droz, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Guy Tomassi and Adam Hayes in a variety of roles.
For anyone who hasn't seen Janowski or BUA at their best, this is as good an opportunity as you're going to get.
Buffalo United Artists' remount of "Cleopatra" starring Jimmy Janowski runs July 8 to 16 in the Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 886-9239 or visit buffalobua.org.