A brand new musical, "Acting a Romance," about the professional and romantic relationship of a man and woman over a period of 30 years, opens tonight at 8 in the Alleyway Theatre. The book and lyrics are by Bryan D. Leys, formerly of Buffalo, and the music is by James Campodonico. It is directed by Neal Radice and features Katy Clancy and Tom Owen. Performances continue at 8 Thursdays to Saturdays and at 2 Sundays, through April 19.
The ever-surprising and never dull East Buffalo Media Association (EBMA) relishes experimentation. The latest project conceived by composer Michael Colquhoun was inspired by the sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still." It is called "In Praise of Gort." It unapologetically mixes music (Colquhoun), text (Michael Basinski), visuals (Ed Sobala), set (New York sculptor John Toth) and a variety of high-profile musicians from the local scene. There are two performances in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Performance Space, 2495 Main St., Suite 425, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
A.M. Allcott, who is this year's writer-in-residence at Just Buffalo Literary Center, has written a play based on Virginia Woolf's novel "Jacob's Room," which he calls "Chairs for Jacob." He is directing two performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Big Orbit Gallery, 30 Essex St.
Summerfare Theatre had added a performance of its musical comedy, "Nunsense II," to the run in the Pfeiffer Theatre, 681 Main St. The performance will take place Sunday at 7 p.m.
Emanuel Fried's one-act drama "The Dodo Bird" will be performed next Thursday through April 1 at 7 p.m. in Daemen Little Theater, Daemen College, Main Street, Snyder. The production using professional and student actors is directed by Rosalind Cramer. The program also includes "Whistle While You Work," a collage of poetry.
A thriller, "The Zombie" by Tim Kelly, featuring Robert Wagner, Jim Kaney, Rae Ann Urban, and others, directed by Mary Jo Agro for the South Buffalo Theatre, 2219 S. Park Ave., opens tonight at 8. Further performances are at 8 Thursdays through Saturdays and at 5 Sundays, through April 1.
"Dial-A-Mon" by Diana Raznovich is the play to be read on the Brown Bag Series Tuesday between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. in the Rehearsal Workshop B-83, Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. The play delineates a woman's attempt to come to terms with her mother. It is free.
Mary Charbonnet will perform the one-woman play about poet Emily Dickinson, "The Belle of Amherst" by William Luce, next Thursday at 2 p.m., with additional performances March 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m., in the Fredonia Opera House, 9-11 Church St., Fredonia.
The annual musical revue featuring the Amherst Male Glee Club, "The Red Blazer Varieties," will be held tonight through Saturday at 8 in Amherst Central Theatre Auditorium, 4301 Main St., Snyder.
College Performances: Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night" will be staged by Canisius College's Little Theatre next Thursday through April 8 at 8 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee April 2, in the 1908 Building, across from the main campus.
The rock musical "Godspell" will be performed by the University at Buffalo's Zodiaque Dance and Gemms Musical Theatre companies next Thursday through April 9 at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Drama Theatre, UB North Campus.
School Performances: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King and I" will be performed by the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts starting Friday and continuing through April 1 in the school at 333 Clinton St.
The Irving Berlin musical "Annie Get Your Gun" will be performed by the Children's Youth Theater Workshop of the Jewish Community Center starting next Thursday and continuing through April 2 in the center at 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville.
The musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" will be performed next Thursday through April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in LaSalle Senior High School, 1500 Military Road, Niagara Falls.
Central Library, Lafayette Square, inaugurates its series of "Musical Mondays" programs with a recital by Philharmonic violinist Diana Sachs and Fredonia State College pianist Phyllis East in the Mason O. Damon Auditorium. The 12:10 p.m. program will include Beethoven's Sonata in A, Op. 30 No. 1 and Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108.
Greater Buffalo Youth String Orchestra, directed by Bruce Cramer, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Monday in Christ the King Chapel, Canisius College.
Worcester Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys directed by Donald Hunt will perform in St. Paul's Cathedral, corner of Church and Pearl streets, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The program will feature works of Britten, Elgar, Gorecki, Parry, Tippett and others.