A word of advice for the writer who complained of high ticket prices at Shea’s: While magnificent and historic, Shea’s is not the only theater in Buffalo. There are more than 20 other theater companies in Western New York – and the prices are nowhere near the $180 that sparked the writer’s complaint letter. Rather than going only to big box musicals with which you can sing along, why not try something smaller, more intimate, perhaps even more daring?
Want classic theater? Try Irish Classical, New Phoenix, Kavinoky or Shakespeare in the Park. African American, multicultural, or ethnic? Visit Ujima, Paul Robeson, RAICES and Jewish Repertory, among others. Something for children? There’s nothing better than Theater of Youth. If you want something edgy, the menu includes Subversive Theatre, Torn Space, Brazen-Faced Varlets, Buffalo United Artists, and American Repertory. Contemporary? Try Road Less Traveled Productions and 710 Main.
If you want something new and original, almost all the local theaters have had world premieres – and with the number of working playwrights in the area, there should be more. But keep up with Alleyway, Red Thread, and Second Generation to catch new voices. Finally, if you’re devoted to musicals, then consider Musicalfare or the Lancaster Opera House.
The largest theater community in the state outside New York City is right here in our backyard. Try it. You have nothing to lose and a lot to save.