Theater Talk: Buffalo Quickies and some short runs
As the nomination period for the Tony Awards draws close, Anthony ventures to Broadway to take in the musical "On the 20th Century" with Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, "The Audience" with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and "Disgraced" presenting the real lives of Disney princesses - and it's NOT for children (just those who once were). Meanwhile, both stages at the Alleyway Theatre Complex are busy. "BUA Takes 10" is a collection of 10 new short (10 minutes or less) LGBT plays (selected from hundreds of national entries) at the Main Street Cabaret and "Buffalo Quickies," the annual festival of one-act plays, is at the Alleyway Theatre. Both are opening and run through April 11th.
Also opening are "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them," a comedy about Homeland Security, presented by Subversive Theatre at the Manny Fried Playhouse through April 12th. And there's a short (6 day) run for "Cyrana" - a gender bending / role reversal based on Edmond Rostand's classic comedy at Niagara University through March 31st.
With an even shorter (2 day) run, Goethe's play "Egmont" all about the heroic Count Egmont who fought for liberty against tyranny and paid the ultimate price is being presented somewhat as a melodrama. JoAnn Falletta conducts the incidental music by Beethoven in collaboration with Road Less Traveled Production's Matt Witten as narrator this Friday morning at 10:30 am at Kleinhans Music Hall and Saturday, March 28th at 8 pm.