Theater Talk: Meetings in the Alleyway
This week Anthony returns from the American Theater Critics Association Annual Conference, which this year was in New Orleans, to report that regional and community theater artistic directors all have the same concerns, whether the city is a tourist mecca or "just Buffalo." One concern that everyone has is getting works by a variety of playwrights actually produced.
That's where the Alleyway Theatre Complex continues to excel this week through April 11. They have chosen a number of short plays from hundreds of entries and are giving a number of writers a voice.
At the Main Street Cabaret, where the "BUA takes 10" there are ten short plays each with a GLBT theme and at the Alleyway Theatre itself, "Buffalo Quickies" also features an evening of short plays. Since both short play festivals are taking place in the same complex, there have been a number of opportunities for discussion and collaboration if only during "hallway" ("Alleyway?") meetings.
Openings next week include "Love, Sex, and the IRS" presented by the Buffalo Chrysalis Thatre Company at the Grange Theatre in Hamburg; "Singin' in the Rain" based on the classic MGM film at Lancaster Opera House, and "The Queen of Bingo" presented by O'Connell & Company at The Park School.