Weekly Feature



2008-01-23 / Entertainment

Theater

fri. 25 .Short Play Festival - Niagara University's annual festival with senior students as directors, under the supervision of Doug Zschiegner, associate director of Niagara University Theater. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 and continues at 2 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 3, 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2, Niagara University's Leary Theater, Clet Hall, Lewiston; $. 852-5000, www.niagar a.edu/ fri. 25-sat. 26 .The Producers - Mel Brooks' Tony Award-winning musical under the direction of Susan Stroman. Performances: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, UB Center for the Arts' Mainstage Theatre, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. 645-2787, www.ubcfa.org tues. 29 .To Kill a Mockingbird - Studio Arena Theatre presents the classic American tale from Harper Lee's novel, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and directed by Scott Behrend, founder and artistic director of Road Less Traveled Productions. Previews: 7 p.m. Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, and 8 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Opening night performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 2. There also is a 4 p.m. performance Feb. 2. Other performances: 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 3; 4 and 8 p.m. Feb. 9; 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 10; 7 p.m. Feb. 12; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 14; 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 4 and 8 p.m. Feb. 16; 2 p.m. Feb. 17; 7 p.m. Feb. 19; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20; 8 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22; 4 and 8 p.m. Feb. 23; and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 856-5650, 1-800-77STAGE wed. 30 .DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, O'Connell & Company, The Cabaret in the Square Theatre, Snyder Square, 4476 Main St. at Harlem Road, Snyder; $. 839-3949 now-Jan. 26 .Axeman's Jazz - Written by local playwright Matthew LaChiusa and presented by American Repertory Theatre of WNY. "Axeman's Jazz" tells the story of bizarre axe murders that shocked New Orleans from 1917 to 1919 and the lives of hoodoo "doctor" Jaquinne and a city detective, Talbot, who are affected by the killings. Features Willie W. Judson Jr., Sheron Hardy, Thomas LaChiusa, Hugh Davis and Jennifer Arroyo. Performances: 8 p.m. Jan. 24-26, Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4858, www.artofwny.org .The Little Dog Laughed - Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated comedy starring Caitlin Coleman, Rebecca Elkin, Kevin Keleher and Marc Sacco, under the direction of Javier Bustillos for Buffalo United Artists. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Jan. 26, Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 886-9239, www. buffalobua. org now-Feb. 2 .Waiting for Lefty - Clifford Odets' modern classic of the U.S. labor movement stars Richard Lambert under the direction of Kurt Schneiderman. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Feb. 2, The New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo; $. 853-1334, www.newphoenixtheatre.com now-Feb. 3 .Twelve Angry Men - Reginald Rose's courtroom drama presented by the Kavinoky Theatre and directed by Brian Cavanagh. Features Christian Brandjes, John Buscaglia, Louis Colaiacovo, Paul Todaro, Don Gervasi, Peter Jaskowiak, Phil Knoerzer, Gerry Maher, Jim Maloy, Steve Nassif, Norm Sham, Guy Wagner and Doug Weyand. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Feb. 3, Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 829-7668, www.kavinokytheatre.com .Steel Magnolias - O'Connell & Company's production of Robert Harling's Off-Broadway play based on the author's experience with the death of his sister. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Feb. 3, Cafe in the Square, 4476 Main St., Snyder; $. 839-3949, www.oconnellandcompany.com .Peter Pan - Join Wendy, her brothers and Peter Pan in the magical world of NeverLand. Go on fantastic adventures with the Lost Boys, battle swashbuckling pirates and Captain Hook, and never ever grow old. Treat the family to JM Barrie's classic tale. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Feb. 3, Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancoper a.org now-Feb. 9 .Tony 'N' Tina's Wedding - Actors Anonymous Theatre Company presents this interactive comedy starring Kevin Barwell, Kim Dossinger-Stahl, Mike Ficorelli, Suzanne Marranca, John Pirrone, Patty Hannel and Corey Jelowski. Performances: 7:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 9, Magruder's Banquet Facility, 4995 Broadway, Depew; $. 633-4355 now-Feb. 10 .Sweeney Todd - Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller starring John Fredo, Lisa Ludwig, Philip Farugia, Kurt Guba, Christopher M. Howard, Eliza Hayes Maher, Loraine O'Donnell, Tom Owen, Debbie Pappas and Robert E. Tucker, under the direction of Randall Kramer. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Feb. 10, MusicalFare Theatre, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com .The Servant of Two Masters - The Irish Classical Theatre presents the Italian comedy by Carlo Goldoni that is a rueful farce filled with gags, wisecracks, ad-libs and audience participation. Features Brian Mysliwy, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Peter Palmisano, Todd Benzin, Andy Moss, Megan Callahan, Joe Wiens, Christopher Standart, Sarielys Matos, Lawrence Rowswell, Alaina Miller, Drew Derek, Michelle Eisen and Chris LaBanca. Live music by Mary Ramsey. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Feb. 10, the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo; $. 853-4282, www.irishclassicaltheatre.com .The Secret Garden - Presented by Theatre of Youth and directed by Meg Quinn. Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl, is led to a long-since dead magical secret garden by a robin and determines that it will grow. Features Anne Roaldi, Kathleen Betsko Yale, Lisa DelVecchio, RJ Volz, Alex Race, Johnathan Joy and Tim Newell. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 26, 27, Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10, and 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org thurs. 31 .The Angelina Project - Local playwright Frank Canino's tale of a murderous woman in turn-of-the-century America presented by Theatre Plus under the direction of Tom Dooney. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 and continuing 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday through Saturday, Feb. 16, Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

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