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Theater Talk: Politics skewered at Kavinoky in BOTH YOUR HOUSES


A number of plays and musicals were held over during Thanksgiving week so audiences have one final opportunity to see, for example, NORA at Torn Space Theatre, STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY at the Paul Robeson Theatre, or BOTH YOUR HOUSES at the Kavinoky Theatre, all discussed on this week's Theater Talk.

Six local productions close this Sunday, December 6:

You have only three more days to attend BOTH YOUR HOUSES, a play by Maxwell Anderson, directed by David Lamb, through Dec 6, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2.at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com. Put the fun back in dysfunctional politics.

NORA, a drama adapted by Ingmar Bergman from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, is presented by Torn Space, directed by Robert Waterhouse, through Dec 6, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, plus Dec 6 at 7:30. Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. (812-1733). www.tornspacetheater.com. While the play has some problems, remember that A Doll’s House (or, more correctly, A Doll House) is considered THE singular play that launched the modern age of realistic drama, about real people and real problems, as opposed to melodrama.

And if you got through Thanksgiving without a major catastrophe, you deserve a break.  Have fun STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY, a musical by Ron Stacker Thompson, directed by Mary Craig, through Dec 6, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL, presented by UB Theatre & Dance Department, directed by Keith Andrews has a short run, Dec 3-6, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts, UB North Campus (645-ARTS). www.theatredance.buffalo.edu

THE CRUCIBLE, a drama by Arthur Miller presented by The Springville Players, directed by Ed Heary is also up only through Dec. 6, Thu-Sat at 7, Sun at 2, plus Nov 28 at 2. Springville Center for the Arts. 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville (592-9038). www.springvillearts.org.

PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL, by Albert Evans, Frank Kelly & Bill Russell, directed by Doug Weyand, starring Bobby Cooke, Matthew Iwanski, Chris Kelly, Ben Michael Moran, Tom Owen, Marc Sacco, Michael Wachowiak, Michael Walline. Through Dec 6, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 7, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

Ongoing productions include:

HARVEY, a comedy by Mary Chase about Elwood P. Dowd who sees and speaks with an imaginary rabbit named Harvey, directed by Tom Makar through Dec 20, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

UH OH! HERE COMES CHRISTMAS, a variety performance by Fulghum, Zulia & Caldwell, presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Joey Bucheker, through Dec 20, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30 (no performance Dec 17). The Park School, 4625 Harlem Rd., Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

MY FAIR LADY, musical by Lerner & Loewe directed by David Bondrow, through Dec 13, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30 (Nov 28 at 2:30 instead). Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).