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On The Boards Theater Listings

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BREATH, BOOM, drama by Kia Corthron presented by Ujima, directed by Lorna C. Hill. May 17-Jun 2, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 6, plus May 25 & Jun 1 at 2 (no performance May 18 & 25 at 8). TheaterLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave. (883-0380).

THE NORMAL HEART, drama by Larry Kramer presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Javier Bustillos, starring Brant Adamczyk , Caitlin Coleman, Kevin Craig, Kurt Erb, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Dave Hayes, Matthew Crehan Higgins, James Mikula, Michael Seitz. May 17-Jun 9, Fri & Sat at 8, plus Jun 9 at 7 (no performance Jun 8). BUA Theater 119 W. Chippewa St. (886-9239).

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, presented by Aurora Players directed by Mark David Skura, starring Matthew W. Bannister, Bob Bateman, Tom Campofelice, Kyle A. Carnahan, Tom Durham, Kevin T. Edward, Brook Bartell Goergen, John Gurtler, Jill Jackson Herron, Stacy Kowal, Susan Musial, Richard Quick, Parker Reed, Reneé M. Ronan, Mike Sharrer, Bekki Sliwa, Jessica Stewart, Joella M. Sweet. May 17-Jun 2, Fri &Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. Roycroft Pavilion, South Grove St. and Prospect Ave., East Aurora (687-6727).


FINAL NOTICE, comedy written and directed by L. Don Swartz presented by Starry Night Theatre, starring Mark Woomer, Carolyn Woomer, Paul Moukperian, Jessica Knoerl, Debby Swartz, Dan Torres, Jesse Swartz, Sharon Priest, Julie Senko, Kathy Ellis. Through May 25, Fri & Sat at 8, plus May 26 at 2. Ghostlight Theatre,170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-16140).

THE GOD OF ISAAC, play by James Sherman presented by the Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Kristin Bentley, David Butler, Darleen Pickering Hummert, Lisa Ludwig, Tom Loughlin, Adam Yellen. Through Jun 2, Thu at 7:30, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville (688-4114 ext. 391).

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY, musical based on the book by Jeff Brown presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Michael Walline, starring Beth Donohue, Robert Insana, Kerrykate Abel, Christopher Quinn, Michael Zito. Through Jun 2, Sat & Sun at 2 (no performance May 26 & 27). Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400 x 304).

ON THE WATERFRONT, play by Budd Schulberg presented by New Phoenix Theatre in collaboration with Subversive Theatre Collective, directed by Kurt Schneiderman, starring Matthew Nerber, Richard Lambert, Andrea Andolina, Victor Morales, Jack Agugliaro, Carlton Franklin, Gary Darling, Hasheen DeBerry, Leon S. Copeland Jr., Murry Galloway, Justin Fiordaliso, Jonathan Lee, Tom Scahill, John Kennedy, Stephen Harris. Through May 25, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334).

TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE REST OF MY LIFE, play by Paulette D. Harris, adapted from the novel by Harold T. Fisher, directed by Mary Craig, starring Annette Christian, Chalma Warmley, Sandra Gilliam, Pete Johnson, Debbi Davis, Quaneajah Miller, Tiaona Loman. Through Jun 2, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013).


AMERICAN BUFFALO, drama by David Mamet, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Brian Cavanagah, starring Brian Mysliwy, Christian Brandjes, Jose Rivera. Through May 19, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC).

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, comedy by Joseph Kesselring presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Les Bailey, starring Betsy Ross, Peg Merrill. Through May 19, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3. The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Rd., Tonawanda (284-6358).

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, dark comedy by Tracey Letts, starring Saul Elkin, Sheila McCarthy, Eileen Dugan, Tim Newell, Norman Sham, Kelli Bocock-Natale, Kristen Tripp-Kelley, Brian Riggs, Kelly Meg Brennan, Steve Jakiel, Steve Copps, Kay Kerimian, Zoe Appler. Through May 19, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668).

BEDROOM FARCE, comedy by Alan Ayckbourn presented by the Towne Players, directed by Sandy Boczar and David Nuijens, starring Mark DiPasquale, Katie McMahon, Lawrence Rowswell, Elaine Bergman, Jay McNair, Michael Maciejewski, Alicia Cimo, Adria Ryan. Through May 19, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Sheridan-Parkside Community Theatre, 169 Sheridan-Parkside Dr., Tonawanda (693-9641).

BLOOD ON THE CAT’S NECK by R. W. Fassbinder, presented by Torn Space Theater, directed by Dan Shanahan, starring Jessica Wegrzyn, Angie Shriner, Diane Gaidry, Becky Globus, Johnny Toohill, Andy Kottler, James Wilde, Ivan Rodriguez, Bonnie Jean Taylor. Through May 19, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 7:30. The Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. (812-5733).

BREAKING LEGS, comedy by Tom Dulack presented by Western Door Playhouse, directed by Chris Mongielo, starring Sam Fadel, Tom Fratirrigo, Sam Granieri, Bob Priest, Dede Secic, TomTurici. Through May 19, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. Niagara Arts and Culture Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls (297-5910).

GRACE, drama by Craig Wright presented by the Alden Christian Theatre Society, directed by Kathy Sutter and Dylan Brozyna, starring Brozyna, Sarah Stroka, Kevin Nagel, Joseph Hoiden. Through May 19, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. ACTS Beacon Cafe and Performing Arts Center 1470 Church St., Alden (937-7770).

JERSEY BOYS, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through May 18, Thu at 1 & 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS, play by Ron Hutchinson presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Gail Golden, starring Guy Wagner, David C Mitchell, Todd Fuller, Jamie Nablo-Lama. Through May 18, Thu-Sat at 8. Bittner Hall, Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave.(634-1102).

OEDIPUS REX: A FABULOUS TRAVESTY IN ONE ACT!, comic adaptation by Michael O’Donohoe, presented by Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara D. Haberberger, starring Kelly M. Beuth, Brittany Kucala, Mike Beiter, Theresa DiMuro Wilber, Diane McNamara, Jenny Gembka. Through May 18, Thu-Sat at 8. Rust Belt Books, Allen & Elmwood (574-9139).

’SWONDERFUL: THE NEW GERSHWIN MUSICAL, conceived and written by Ray Roderick, co-directed by Michael Walline and Doug Weyand, starring Charmagne Chi, Nicole Marrale Cimato, John Fredo, Kelly Jakiel, Marc Sacco. Through May 19, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).

Special Presentations

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert and Sullivan, presented by Opera-Lytes, directed by Lisa Berglund, starring Paul Waara, Jeff Mokski, Kateri Gormley, John Vogt, Deb Jasinski. Through May 19, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (837-3440).


FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: BIRMINGHAM 1963, docu-drama by Christina Ham presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Kelly Beuth. May 22-Jun 1, Wed-Sat at 8 (no performance May 31). The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).

SEX’D, play written and directed by TaNisha Fordham, starring Tiana Loman, Kayla Hanigen, Angelo Threats, Hugh Davis, Malik Springs, Chalra Warmley, Linda Barr, Joshua Bryant, Erica Dennis. Jun 7-16, Fri & Sat at 7, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013).

TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, play written and directed by Phil Davis Sr., co-written by Taura “Chyna” Stephens, presented by Alemaedae Theater Productions. May 17-27, Fri, Sat & Mon at 8, Sun at 4 (no performances May 20 & 24). Buffalo East, 1410 Main St. (602-6253).