Butley, I presume?
Kavinoky Theatre is planning to revisit one of the triumphs of its past, a play that has become a sort of company signature piece. It's "Butley" by Simon Gray, which first ran at Kavinoky in 1983, helping to inaugurate the newly remodeled Edwardian auditorium and drawing large audiences. Because of that early success, "Butley" is now being restaged for a limited engagement, opening Nov. 8 and running Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 9, with a pay-what-you-can preview performance on Dec. 7. "Butley" will be directed by David Lamb, who will also play a leading role, along with Paul Todaro, Eileen Dugan, Anne Gayley and Mike Karr. Ticket prices have not been announced. Call 881-7668 for reservations or other details.
The Studio Arena Theatre has announced a change in the season's mid-winter production. The originally scheduled "The Boys of Summer" has now become "unavailable." It has been replaced with the popular murder mystery "Sleuth" by Anthony Shaffer, which begins previews on Feb. 10, opens on Feb. 14 and runs through March 10.
Put it there
Sam Shepard's 1965 "The Unseen Hand" is the choice of Buffalo State College's Casting Hall for its next production, running from Nov. 7 through Nov. 11 at the Flexible Theatre in the Theatre and Broadcast Building, with a free Nov. 6 preview performance. Shepard's play, to be staged by Toronto director Gerry Trentham, is described by the playwright as "seething with a radical shift of the American psyche." Tickets are $6 adults, $5 students, seniors, BSC faculty, and $3 BSC students, and are available at the Rockwell Hall box office. Call 878-3005 for more information.
On tap at MusicalFare
The area premiere of the popular off-Broadway musical "No Way to Treat a Lady" is the second production being brought to its newly renovated facility on the Daemen College campus by MusicalFare Theatre. The musical about a publicity-crazed actor who commits a series of crimes and the endearing detective on his trail will open on Nov. 8 and run on Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 9. Ticket prices are $25 adult and $22 senior (not available Friday or Saturday evenings). For reservations or information call 839-8540.