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Theater Talk: Bigger spaces for Road Less Traveled and Brazen Faced Varlets

Brazen Faced Varlets

Road Less Traveled Productions opens its 2018-2019 season tonight with SPEED THE PLOW in their new theater on Main Street near Court, while a few blocks north, the Brazen Faced Varlets move from smaller quarters to the Alleyway Cabaret for a play about our divided political landscape, THE TAMING.


FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Oct 30-Nov 4, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org

MOTHER JONES IN HEAVEN (AND HELL), musical by Si Kahn presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Melissa Leventhal, Tim Goehrig. Oct 25-Nov 18, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 5 (no performances Oct 25 & Nov 11.  The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

SPEED THE PLOW, play by David Mamet, directed by Scott Behrend, starring Matt Witten, Kevin Kennedy, Laura Barrierie  Oct 26-Nov 18, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org


THE TAMING, play by Lauren Gunderson presented by The Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara D. Haberberger, starring Jennifer Fitzery, Jessica Leigh Tokarski, Emily Yancey, Stefanie Warnick. Through Nov 3, Fri & Sat at 8. Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. (598-1585).


BIG FISH, musical by Lippa & August presented by Second Generation Theatre, directed by Michael Walline, starring Louis Colaiacovo, Michele Marie Roberts, Ricky Needham, Victoria Pérez, Brittany Bassett, Stevie Jackson, Bethany Burrows, Jacob Albarella, Bobby Cooke, Preston Williams, Noah Bielecki, Dave Spychalski, Alexandria Watts, Alejandro Gomez. Through Oct 28, Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (847-1410). www.secondgenerationtheatre.com

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, musical by Ashman & Menken presented by O'Connell & Company, directed by Joey Bucheker, starring Jenny McCabe, Mathew Mooney, Dan Morris, Daniel Lendzian, Jack Hayes, Marta Aracelis Torres, Emily Pici, Mercedes Perez, Zach Haumesser, Ben Caldwell, Matt Myers. Through Oct 28, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

PIPPIN, musical by Schwartz & Hirson presented by UB Department of Theatre & Dance, directed by Paul Stancato. Through Oct 28, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. UB Center for the Arts, Drama Theatre (645-2787).

SHE LOVES ME, musical by Harnick & Masteroff presented by Aurora Players, directed by Patricia Hoefler, starring Paul Waara, Suzie Hibbard.  Through Oct 27, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. Roycroft Pavilion, Hamlin Park on South Grove St., East Aurora (687-6727). www.auroraplayers.org

THE STRUDEL LADY, world premiere of a musical by Shirl Solomon presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Lisa Ludwig, Tom Makar, David Marciniak, Mary Kate O’Connell. Through Oct 28, Thu at 7:30, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2.  The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville (650-7626). www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com


FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’S GREATEST HITS, created & written by Gerard Alessandrini, directed by Michael Wachowiak, starring Marc Sacco, Maria Droz, Dan Urtz, Nicole Marrale-Cimato. Oct 27 at 4 & 8, Oct 28 at 2, Nov 3 at 4 & 8, Nov 4 at 2.The Premier Cabaret at MusicalFare Theatre (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

SOCIAL SECURITY, comedy by Andrew Bergman presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Susan Toomey, starring Lisa Hinca, Larry Smith, Marc-Jon Filippone, Margo Davis, Eileen Dugan, Lawrence Rowswell. Through Oct 28, evening shows arrival at 6, show at 7:30; matinee shows arrival at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com


AFTERGLOW, play by S. Asher Gelman presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Todd Fuller, starring Jonathan Beckner, Christopher Clark, Mickey Harmon. Nov 2-24, Fri & Sat at 8 plus Nov 18 at 7. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239).

A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2, play by Lucas Hnath directed by Robert Waterhouse, starring Kristen Tripp Kelley, David Oliver, Anne Gayley, Leah Berst. Nov 2-25, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

FOOL FOR LOVE, drama by Sam Shepard presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Kelli Natale, starring Eric Rawski, Candice Kogut, Steve Jakiel, Nicholas Lama. Nov 1-Thu-Sat at 8, plus Nov 11 at 7.  545 Elmwood Ave. (983-4345). www.artofwny.org

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, musical by Ashman & Menken presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Steve Braddock. Nov 1-11, Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, NU campus (286-8685).

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, musical presented by The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Dawn Marcolini Newton, starring John Panepinto, Adrienne Ricchiazzi, Sydney Bucholtz, Lucas Colon, John Parascak. Nov 2-18, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3, plus Oct 17 at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 550 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda (260-2319).

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a collaborative production by Shea’s 710 Theatre, MusicalFare Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions, Irish Classical Theatre, and Theatre of Youth Nov 1-18, 2018 Thu at 7:30, Fri, Sat at 8:00, Sun at 2 at Shea's 710 Theatre, 710 Main Street www.ticketmaster.com

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 10/24/2018

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