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JRT's 'Visiting Mr. Green' bridges generational divides

Intergenerational sparring matches seem to be trending this theater season.

First there was "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks," the saccharine two-hander about an aging woman and her snarky younger dance instructor that kicked off the Shea's 710 Theatre season in September. Now, the Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York is mounting Jeff Baron's play "Visiting Mr. Green," which features a similar setup, if a somewhat different resolution.

The play stars JRT co-founder and local theater veteran Saul Elkin as a retired dry cleaner in the twilight of his life. Nick Stevens is a young corporate honcho forced to visit Mr. Green once a week as part of a court plea. The 1997 show (written the same year as Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays With Morrie") begins as a comedy but eventually takes on greater weight as the characters reveal more of themselves.

The production also marks an important milestone for JRT, which is celebrating its 15th season of producing local theater. Steve Vaughan directs.

"Visiting Mr. Green": Oct. 19 to Nov. 12 in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. 650-7626 or

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