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Theater Talk: Strong actors in a mixed variety of shows

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The depth of the talent pool in Buffalo is such that many good shows can be run simultaneously, with a half dozen major productions up right now, although some are better produced than others. At the top of anyone's list should be SIVE at Irish Classical, a take your breath away experience.

OPENING

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

ONGOING

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

CLOSING

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).

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

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

UPCOMING

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 11/7/2018

Listen for Theater Talk, Friday morning at 6:45 and 8:45 during Morning Edition.
Even though "semi-retired," Peter Hall continues to wear many hats. He is the Sunday afternoon host on WBFO’s “sister station,” Classical 94.5 / WNED where he has produced over 1,000 radio interviews with musical artists. If you see him at a theater with a pen in his hand, he’s probably getting ready to co-host “Theater Talk” with Anthony Chase (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO) or to write a review for www.buffalorising.com. He is also a member of the "Artie Awards" committee (think “Tony Awards for Buffalo theaters”).
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