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Jimmy Janowski takes on 'Cleopatra' for BUA

No Buffalo actor inspires more cult-like devotion than Jimmy Janowski.

The Buffalo United Artists veteran, best known for his wildly campy portrayals of stars and starlets from theater and cinema history, earns entrance applause anytime he walks onstage.

Usually, the more outrageous the costume, the louder the applause. So Buffalo theatergoers should get their earplugs ready for Janowski's latest star turn in Buffalo United Artists' production of Charles Busch's "Cleopatra."

Jimmy Janowski plays the title role in Buffalo United Artists' production of Charles Busch's "Cleopatra."

The show, like all of Busch's work, draws on famous performances from film history. In this case, the influences include those who portrayed the Egyptian queen on film, including Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh. It also draws, according to a BUA release, on "several who thankfully didn’t, including Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck and Mae West."

Busch's version of the story, according to a release from BUA, features an episodic look at Cleopatra's life, "from her teenage seduction of the Roman leader Julius Caesar through her volatile tragic romance with Marc Antony and to her ultimate death.

Todd Warfield directs Janowski and a cast of company favorites, including Bebe Bvulgari, Maria Droz, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Adam Hayes, Guy Tomassi and Michael Seits. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 886-9239 or visit


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