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Screen Play at Road Less Traveled

For the past several years I’ve been venturing down to the Flea Theatre in New York City, where A. R. Gurney has been indulging the political side of his finely tuned funny bone. It’s taken a long time for these delightful riffs on the Bush years to come to Buffalo, but at long last we’re getting around to them.

Road Less Traveled presented A Light Lunch, in which a lawyer from Texas arranges a meeting with a New York playwright for the purpose of killing his play, which presents an unflattering picture of a certain Republican.

The play that always seemed like a natural for a Buffalo production was Screen Play, and now Road Less Traveled is taking that one on, too. Set in a futuristic Buffalo, Screen Play is a parody of the film Casablanca and a critique of right-wing politics.

Here, Buffalo’s status as a border town have foist us into national prominence once again as people flock to our city awaiting their chance to escape into Canada. As in A Light Lunch, Gurney layers in the laughs thickly, in a play that runs a little over an hour. Directed by Scott Behrend, the cast features Bob Grabowski, Jay Pichardo, Natalie Mack, Carlton Franklin, Jermain Cooper, Jonathan Shuey, and David Hayes.

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