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Theatre Talk: Friday, April 24, 2009

By Jim Santella and Anthony Chase, WBFO


Buffalo, NY – The theater departments at two local area colleges and universities are presenting some great shows. Fredonia State is staging Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet directed by actor, director, and Fredonia professor Tom Loughlin. At Niagara University, Doug Zschiegner, directs the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill classic Threepenny Opera at Niagara University. In other non-commercial but well-produced productions, David Oliver directs Samuel Becket's End Words, at the Adam Mickiewicz Theatre. Jim and Tony note it is reminiscent of early Irish Classical Theatre work by the late Chris O'Neill. Among the commercial theater offerings this week are the world premiere fun musical Hell Hole Honeys at the Alleyway Theatre, and there's more comedy with Moliere's Learned Ladies comedy at the Irish Classical's Andrews Theatre. MusicalFare's Bada Bing Bada Boom and Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck at Road Less Traveled continue, while Blackbird at the New Phoenix Theatre, directed by WBFO's Kelli Bocock-Natale is closing. Buffalo United Artists' In Gabriel's Kitchen has been held over, and Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy is being performed at Jay Desiderio's dinner theatre in Lancaster.