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Theater Talk: Social Distancing affects theaters into the future

Irish Classical Theatre

As theaters are canceling their current runs (see listings) many are also canceling rehearsals for upcoming shows. Social distancing is affecting everyone, from the Stratford Festival to Shawfest, to local productions, to Broadway, and all the Broadway national tours across America. Many theaters will, we hope, be able to turn a cancellation into a postponement. Listen to Theater Talk weekly and, in-between, subscribe to  Anthony's (FREE) blog theatertalkbuffalo.com for updates.


All UB Department of Theatre and Dance rehearsals and productions have been canceled for Spring 2020.  For the latest information about UB’s preparedness and response to the pandemic visit www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus.

The Shaw Festival has canceled all public events through April 30, 2020 and all non-essential business operations are shut down until April 6, 2020

The Stratford Festival has canceled performances from April 11 to May 2, 2020.

BUS STOP, play by William Inge presented by Aurora Players, directed by Michael Breen, starring Isabella Ruof, Catherine Burkhart, Victor Morales, Kit Kuebler, Les Bailey, Steve Jakiel, Marc Ruffino, Eddie Eberth. Through Mar 22, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30 The Roycroft Pavilion, in Hamlin Park. South Grove St., East Aurora (687-6727). www.auroraplayers.org CANCELED

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, play by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, presented by All For One Theatre Productions, directed by David Oliver. Mar 12-29, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org CANCELLED

THE DANCE ON WIDOWS ROW, play by Samm-Art Williams directed by Paulette D. Harris, starring Renita Shadwick, Sandra Gilliam, Debbi Davis, Al Garrison, Chalma Warmley, Leon Copeland Jr., Linda Barr. Mar 13-Apr 5, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org CANCELLED

DIVA BY DIVA, A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN! O'Connell & Company, Wednesday March 18. CANCELLED

ECLIPSED, play by Danai Gurira presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Ebony Pace, starring Janae Leonard, Shawnell Tillery, Davida Tolbert. Through Mar 28, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.orgCANCELLED

EVITA at Starring Buffalo, to be performed at 710 Main has been POSTPONED until November 6-7, 2020.

GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LOST EPISODES, drag parody by David Cerda presented by Alleyway Theatre, directed by Todd Warfield. Mar 12-15, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Beginning Mar 22, Sun at 7, open run. Alleyway Cabaret, 672 Main St. (852-2600). www.alleyway.com CANCELLED

HAND TO GOD, comedy by Robert Askins, directed by John Hurley, starring Dan Urtz, Jenn Stafford, John Kreuzer, Henry Farleo, Maura Coseglia. Through Mar 29, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 456 Main St. (629-3069). www.roadlesstraveledproductions.orgC ANCELLED

INDECENT, play with music by Paula Vogel presented in collaboration with The Jewish Repertory Theatre directed by Kristen Tripp Kelley, starring Jordan Levin, Arin Lee Dandes, Adam Yellen, Aleks Malejs, Matt Witten, Debbie Pappas Sham, Peter Palmisano, Saul Elkin, Joseph Donohue, Maggie Zindle, Megan Callahan, Benjamin Levitt. Through Mar 29, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com CANCELLED

THE ONION GAME, black comedy by Bryan Delaney, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Greg Natale, starring Stan Klimecko, Kelly Meg Brennan, Ray Boucher, David Lundy, Louie Visone, Ava Schara. Through Mar 29, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com CANCELLED

THE OUTSIDERS, play by Christopher Sergel, based on the book by S.E. Hinton, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Chris Kelly. Mar 14-Apr 5, Sat & Sun at 2 (no performance Mar 15). Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400). www.theatreofyouth.org CANCELLED  

THE WOMEN, staged reading of the play by Clare Booth Luce presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Daniel Lendzian. Mar 21 at 7:30. The Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons, 3200 Elmwood Ave. (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com CANCELLED

THREE TALL WOMEN, play by Edward Albee resented by Second Generation Theatre, directed by Kyle LoConti, starring Barbara Link Larou, Lisa Ludwig, Anna Krempholtz. Mar 20 – Apr 5, Thu at 7:30, Fri & 8 Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (508-7480). www.secondgenerationtheatre.com CANCELLED

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, play by Manuel Puig directed by Victoria Perez, starring  Rolando Gomez, Rick Lattimer. Mar 6 – 28, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org CANCELLED

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, comedy by Oscar Wilde presented by The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Gary Gaffney,  starring Sarah Fratello, Brian Tabak, Lori Panero, Dawn Marcolini Newton, Chuck Slisz, John Parascak. Mar 13-29,  Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3, plus Mar 28 at 3. Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 550 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda (260-2319). www.niagaratheatre.com  CANCELED

BUFFALO QUICKIES,  29th annual one-act play festival, directed by Joyce Stilson & Robyn Horn, starring Kate Olena, Sandra Roberts, Matthew Rittler, David C. Mitchell, Smirna Mercedes, Michael Starzynski. Mar 26-Apr 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com Tentatively still scheduled for March 26 - April 11th.

Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos


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