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Theater Talk: From 8 to 80, there's good theater for all


At the age of 80, Australian comedian Barry Humphries is retiring his character "Dame Edna Everage" after a 2015 farewell tour. Anthony flew out to Los Angeles to catch a show last week, but Buffalo/Toronto audiences can wait until early April when the tour comes to the Royal Alexandra in Toronto. Speaking of older women, "The Graduate" continues at the Alleyway, using an interesting technique that works in live theater, but not so well in film - turning many of the characters in young Benjamin's life into cartoons, or at least grotesque portrayals - pointing to the disaffection that makes him all the more vulnerable to Mrs. Robinson's machinations.

"Crash" opens at the Theatre of Youth tonight and follows the transformation of a junior high school football player nicknamed "Crash" who is a bully, but comes to change his ways.  It's for children 8 and up, and should provide plenty of talking points for families who want to address the issue of bullying. 

Triple threat (actor, singer, dancer) Ben Vereen performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, one night only, at Kleinhans Music Hall this Saturday. And Rock'n'Roll returns to Buffalo on Wednesday with "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at MusicalFare Theatre in Amherst, while Shea's has a very short run of "Million Dollar Quartet" (the story of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley's early days at the Sun recording studio in Memphis) opening next Friday.

This is the final weekend for "Nunset Boulevard" at the Lancaster Opera House and "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" at the Church of the Ascension, both closing after tomorrow night.  And "Family Furniture" at the Kavinoky and "Snake in the Grass" at Marie Maday both run through Sunday.