Weekly Feature



2017-05-18 / Entertainment

Theatre

ongoing: now-May 21

The Cemetery Club — If you like the “The Golden Girls,” then you’ll love Ida, Lucille and Doris. Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husband’s graves in this hilarious and touching play about cherishing the past and embracing the future, under the direction of Sheila McCarthy. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, May 21, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

The Great God Pan — Jewish Repertory Theatre presents Amy Herzog’s drama under the direction of Saul Elkin. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, May 21, at the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building, 2640 N. Forest Road, Amherst; $. 688-4114, ext. 391, www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com

The Country House — Road Less Traveled Productions presents the regional premiere of Donald Margulies’ play under the direction of Scott Behrend. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, May 21, at 500 Pearl St., Buffalo; $. 629-3069, www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org

The Drowsy Chaperone — Presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild and under the direction of Carolyn Quigley. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, May 21, at The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; $. 260-2319, www.niagaratheatre.com

Noodles — By L. Don Swartz, the play tells the story of the unconventional Boodle family, owners of Boodle’s Dry Cleaning and Pie Shop. Performances: 7 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, May 21, at the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda; $. 743-1614, www.starrynighttheatre.com

Run For Your Wife — Comedy by Ray Cooney, presented by the Lancaster Regional Players under the direction of David Hall. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, through Sunday, May 21, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

Drinking Habits — A farce by Tom Smith and presented by the Towne Players under the direction of Cynthia and Michael Bell. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda; $. 693-9641 www.towneplayers.com

now-May 27

A Behanding in Spokane — American Repertory Theatre of WNY presents the regional premiere of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy, under the direction of Matthew LaChiusa. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Saturday, May 27, at The 330 Theatre, 330 Amherst St., Buffalo; $. 634-1102, www.artofwny.org

Kalamazoo — Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Youngery’s romantic comedy, under the direction of Sheila McCarthy. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Saturday, May 27, at the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo; $. 853-1334, www.newphoenixtheatre.org

now-May 28

Million Dollar Quartet — This Tony Award winning musical is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Songs will include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and many more, under the direction of Randall Kramer. Performances: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, May 28, at MusicalFare Theatre’s Mainstage Theatre at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com

now-June 3

Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” — Opposites attract in Mo Willems’ award-winning musical - a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Saturday, June 3, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

now-June 4

Wicked — Broadway’s biggest blockbuster by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Performances: 1 and 7:30 p.m. May 18; 8 p.m. May 19; 2 and 8 p.m. May 20; 1 and 6:30 p.m. May 21; 7:30 p.m. May 23-25; 8 p.m. May 26; 2 and 8 p.m. May 27; 1 and 6:30 p.m. May 28; 7:30 p.m. May 30-June 1; 8 p.m. June 2; 2 and 8 p.m. June 3; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. June 4, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org

Announcement

Alleyway Theatre Accepting Submissions For Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition — The annual international competition in memory of the Canadian playwright and actor is accepting submissions in advance of the upcoming July 1 deadline. The competition is open to anyone of any age or citizenship, but authors are limited to one submission per category per year. Two categories: Full-Length: Play or musical not less than 90 minutes in length, any style, no more than 10 performers. Collections of one-acts are not eligible. One-Act: Play not more than 20 minutes in length, any style, no more than six performers. Entry fee of $25/U.S. per playwright covers entry in one or both categories, money order or check made out to Alleyway Theatre, Inc. There is no entry form. Musicals must be accompanied by audio tape or CD of the complete score. Scripts must include character breakdowns, including doubling suggestions. Entry material will not be returned. Entry in the competition constitutes a declaration of first production rights to Alleyway Theatre under the terms of the Alleyway Theatre Standard Production Agreement (samples available online at http://alleway/playwrights/. Additional terms will not be negotiated. Submission deadline is July 1, announcement of finalists is Oct. 1, and announcement of winners is Nov. 1. Send submissions to Literary Manager, Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202.

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