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The Buffalo Theater Calendar May 11, 2023


ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, comedy by Joseph Kesselring presented by Western Door Playhouse, directed by Sam Fadel. May 12-21, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Woodbox Theatre at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls (405-0153).

two men
Come Blow Your Horn

COME BLOW YOUR HORN, comedy by Neil Simon presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Joseph Marciniak, Jacob Applegate, Buddy Baker, Molly McGrath Alyssa Grace Adams, Marc Ruffino, Cindy Schmitt. May 11-Jul 9, Thu & Sat dinner at 6, show at 7:30; Sun dinner at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207).

CULLUD WATTAH, drama by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, directed by Curtis Lovell. Set against the crisis of lead in the water of Flint, Michigan, “Cullud Wattah,” dives deep into how we make the best choices for our families’ future when there are no real and present options. May 12 - May 27. Thu 5/25, 7:30 p.m., Fri & Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 4 p.m. Tickets, $35 General Admission, $25 Seniors, $15 Students & Veterans. Lorna C. Hill Theater, 429 Plymouth Avenue, inside former School #77.


Barefoot in the Park

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, comedy by Neil Simon, presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Brain Cavanagh, starring Renee Landrigan, Zak Ward, Tina Rausa, David Lundy, Ray Boucher. Through May 21, Thu at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, Jewish Community of Greater Buffalo, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville (650-7626).

a man in his pajamas with a crutch drinking a cocktail as a well dressed woman looks on
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, drama by Tennessee Williams presented by Harp Productions, directed by Elaine Roberts. Through May 20, Fri & Sat at 7:30, plus May 21 at 2. Taylor Theater at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St. Lockport (433-2617).

Kinky Boots

KINKY BOOTS, musical by Harvey Fierstein & Cyndi Lauper, presented by MusicalFare Theatre at Shea’s 710 Theatre, directed & choreographed by Michael Oliver-Walline, starring Brandon Barry, Kris Bartolomeo, Bethany Burrows, Taylor Carlson, Charmagne Chi, Steve Copps, Anna Fernandez, John Fredo, Jake Grear, Lily Jones, Johnny Kiener, Timiyah Love, Collin McKee, Vincenzo L. McNeill, John Panepinto, Lorenzo Shawn Parnell, Oliver Parzy-Sanders, Daniel Pieffer, Daniel Pitirri, Marc Sacco, Dave Spychalski, Dan Urtz & Doug Weyand. Through May 21, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 8, Sun at 2.Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo (847-0850).

three people looking worried
Kragtar! the American Monster Musical

KRAGTAR! THE AMERICAN MONSTER MUSICAL, musical by Sam French & Kyle Wilson, directed by Chris J Handley, starring Anthony Lazzaro, Justin Gaskill, Amy Jakiel, Amanda Funicello, Emily Bassett, Sarah Blewett, Jeremy Kreuzer, Nicholas Lama, Jetaun Louie, Matthew Rittler. Extended through May 20, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600).

a worried man and a movie star
Sunset Boulevard

SUNSET BOULEVARD, musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black & Christopher Hampton, presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Joey Bucheker, starring Mary Kate O’Connell, Kevin Deese, Michael Galante, Heather Casseri, Michael Starzinski. Through May 21, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3, plus May 13 at 3. O’Connell & Company Theater, 4110 Bailey Ave., Amherst (848-0800).

A man and a woman

SWEAT, drama by Lynn Nottage, directed by Victoria Pérez, starring Lisa Vitrano, Peter Johnson, David Mitchell, Jake Hayes, Diane DiBernardo, Davida Tolbert, Johnny Barden, Alejandro Gabriel Gómez, John Vine. Through May 21, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069).


people disco dancing

DISASTER! disaster-movie musical spoof by Seth Rudetsk & Jack Plotnick directed by Randall Kramer, starring Kyle Bassett-Baran, Kelly Copps, Kevin Craig, Arin Lee Dandes, Alex Anthony Garcia, Michael Gilbert-Wachowiak, Stevie Jackson, Kristen-Marie Lopez, Jon May, Bob Mazierski, Jenny McCabe, Gabriella Jean McKinley, Jennifer Mysliwy, Ricky Needham, Maria Pedro, Emily Yancey. Through May 14, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).

a man going wild-eyed in front of a big screen image of himself

NETWORK, drama adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, directed by Loraine O’Donnell, starring Peter Palmisano, Jack Hunter, John Kreuzer, Michele Roberts, Peter Horn, Matt Witten, Christopher Guilmet, Jacob Albarella, Don Gervasi, Anne DeFazio, Camille Jessica, Shannell Dixon, Brenden Didio, Kodi James with a special appearance from Mike Randall. Through May 14, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668).

three people in a bar
Rust and Redemption

RUST & REDEMPTION, a classic Rock n Roll tale by j Snodgrass, presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY. Through May 13, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 5. Compass Performing Arts Factory 545 Elmwood Ave. (697-0837).

three woman sitting on a car seat in a back yard
The Stick Wife

THE STICK WIFE, drama by Darrah Cloud presented by Revelation Theatre Productions, directed by David Oliver, starring Priscilla Young Anker, Kelly Meg Brennan, Christine Turturro, David Marciniak, Steve Jakiel, Andrew Salamone. Through May 14, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Flexible Theater, Donald Savage Building, Buffalo State Campus, 1300 Elmwood Ave. (213- 7253).


a man in a diner with papers floating in the air around him
Tick, Tick... Boom!

TICK, TICK ... BOOM!, musical by Jonathan Larson presented by Second Generation Theatre, directed by Louis Colaiacovo, starring Sean Ryan, Joe Russi, Leah Berst. May19-Jun 4, Thu at 7:30, Fri & 8 Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (508-7480).

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