Repeat performances assured
"We will be doing it again," says Randall Kramer, artistic director of MusicalFare Theatre, following the final performance of "Pageant," which set all-time attendance records for the company and played to 101 percent capacity. The production closed on Feb. 18 to yield the stage to "Cotton Patch Gospel" by Harry Chapin, which opens Thursday and runs through April 1, with "pay what you can" preview performances this Tuesday and Wednesday. Kramer noted "Pageant" was always sold out three weeks in advance and promises a late spring or summer revival.
New this week
Other significant curtain raisings include Noel Coward's "Present Laughter," coming back after 10 years to the Kavinoky Theatre in a production opening at 8 p.m. Thursday and running through April 1, with a "pay what you can" preview at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Returning will be director Anne Gayley and David Lamb as Gary Essendine. Others in the cast include Kristen Gasser, Lisa Ludwig and John Fredo. The box office phone is 881-7668. Irish Classical Theatre opens a world premiere of "Nightmaze," artistic director Vincent O'Neill's dramatization of James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake." It runs from Wednesday through April 1. Call 853-4282 for more info.
The Off-Broadway hit "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding" returns to Buffalo with performances in the Smith Theatre (next to Shea's Performing Arts Center), beginning with its 7:30 p.m. opening on Wednesday and continuing through March 25. For tickets call 852-5000, or for info, 847-1410.