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'Young Frankenstein,' 'Pete the Cat' among 5 new productions opening

It's another busy opening weekend throughout the local theater scene.

On Oct. 10, O'Connell & Company presents the regional premiere of "Young Frankenstein." The show, based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy, will run through Oct. 27 in the theater company's new home at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons (3200 Elmwood Ave.).

Also on Oct. 10, Road Less Traveled Productions opens "Superior Donuts."  The comedy/drama written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts, looks at the relationship between a doughnut shop owner and his only employee, an African-American teen. It will run through Oct. 27 in Shea's 710 Theatre.

The Theatre of Youth opens its 48th season with "Pete the Cat" from Oct. 12 to 27 in the Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.). It is appropriate for ages 4 and older. Times are 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 12, 19 and 26; 1 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20; and 1 and 4 p.m. Oct. 27. A special sensory friendly performance is 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Call 745-3000.

Columbo (Jack Hunter) questions Susan (Laura Barriere) in the Desiderio Dinner Theatre production of "Prescription Murder: Columbo."

Desiderio's Dinner Theatre opens its fall season on Oct. 13 with "Prescription Murder: Columbo," at Bobby J's (204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga). Based on the popular TV detective show, the play stars Jack Hunter in the title role; Jay Desiderio directs. Performances continue to Dec. 15. On Thursdays and Saturdays, dinner is at 6 p.m. with the play at 7:30 p.m.; for the Sunday matinee, dinner is at 1 p.m. with the play at 2:30 p.m. For dinner and the play, the cost runs from $50 to $60. For reservations, call 395-3207.

"Come From Away," the Tony Award-winning musical based on the stories from a small town in Canada that welcomed 7,000 stranded passengers on Sept. 11, 2001, runs from Oct. 15 to 20 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre. Visit sheas.org for ticket information.

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