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Theater Talk: SPEED-THE-PLOW, FIDDLER, MOTHER JONES, all top notch, and 5 more openings this week!

Road Less Traveled Productions

Ever since Curtain Up! 2018 the season keeps building momentum. A thrilling Bartlett Sher production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, a tight breathtaking ensemble with David Mamet's SPEED THE PLOW, and a beautifully sung, very touching MOTHER JONES IN HEAVEN (AND HELL) and five more promising openings this week, three of them tonight!



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).
SIVE, play by John B. Keane presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Vincent O’Neill, starring Kiana Duggan-Haas, Josephine Hogan, Aleks Malejs, Patrick Moltane, David Lundy, Gerry Maher, Ray Boucher, Peter S. Raimondo, Johnny Barden. Nov 2-25, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2 (Sep 15 at 8). Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, adapted by Linda Alper, Douglas Langworthy, and Penny Metropolis, presented by Irish Classical Theatre Company, MusicalFare, Road Less Traveled, Theatre of Youth & Shea's Performing Arts Center, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Patrick Cameron, Steve Copps, Christopher Avery, Anthony Alcocer. Nov 1-18, Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 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. Through Nov 18, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 5 (no performance 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

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Nov 4, 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

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).


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

THE LADIES FOURSOME, comedy by Norm Foster presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Lisa Ludwig, Maureen Porter, Susan Toomey, Lisa Hinca. Nov 15-Jan 20, 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


MY THREE ANGELS, comedy by Samuel & Bella Spewack, directed by Tom Makar. Nov 15-Dec 15, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 10/31/2018.

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