by Anthony Chase
This week is seeing some favorite Buffalo shows on the boards. Tim Newell continues his run as Jack Benny in Mark Humphrey’s one-man play, Mister Benny, at the Jewish Repertory Theatre. I saw the first outing of this show years ago and can attest to the fact that Newell’s expert portrayal is uncannily perfect and the comedy is entirely delightful.
Two shows that have been seen in Buffalo before return in new productions this week, Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa comes to the Irish Classical Theatre’s Andrews Theatre. It’s a memory play about a distant summer in County Donegal in the 1930s, when love seemed to be on the horizon for the narrator’s three maiden aunts. Directed by Derek Campbell, the production features Chris Kelly, Wendy Hall, Beth Donohue, Katie White, Elizabeth Oddy, Tom LaChiusa, Andrea Gollhardt, and Gerry Maher.
I believe that periodic revivals of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off are required in the bylaws of the Kavinoky Theatre. And why not? Nobody tells this tale of antics backstage with a conflicted theater company better than the Kavinoky. Both times the show has appeared on their stage before, the waves of laughter overlapped with resounding joy. This time, the hilariously beleaguered company will be played by Josie DiVincenzo, Lisa Ludwig, Peter Palmisano, Christian Brandjes, John Fredo, Michele Marie Roberts, Guy Balotine, Kevin Craig, and Jessica Ferraday, under the direction of David Lamb.
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