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Michael Leszczynski and David C. Mitchell in Matthew LaChiusa's "Shine" at American Repertory Theater of WNY.


THE ANASTASIA TRIALS IN THE COURT OF WOMEN, play by Carolyn Gage presented by Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara D. Haberberger and Jenny Gembka, starring Heather Fangsrud, Kelly M. Beuth, Theresa DiMuro Wilber, Diane McNamara, Marisa Caruso, Sophie Howes, Kerry Alsheimer, Virginia Brannon, Jane Cudmore. May 1-17, Thu-Sat at 7:30, plus May 11 at 2 (no performance May 9). Rust Belt Books, Allen and Elmwood.

BUFFALO GAL, play by A. R. Gurney, directed by Richard Lambert, starring Barbara Link LaRou, Steve Borowski, Britney Kucala, Gary Earl Ross, Willy Judson, Mary Moebius. May 1-24, Thu-Sat 8, New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park, (853-1334).

OF MICE AND MEN, drama by John Steinbeck, presented by Western Door Playhouse, directed by Sami Grawe, starring Tim Kordela, Chris Best, Bob Priest, Savanna Easton, Paul Everett, Sam Fadel, Sam Granieri, Drew Krause, John Macomber, Peter-Mark Raphael. May 2-18, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun. at 2:30 (no show 5/11). Woodbox Theatre, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave. at Portage Rd. (297-5910).

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, play by Dale Wasserman presented by the Towne Players, directed by Mark DiPasquale. May 2-10, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Sheridan-Parkside Community Center Theatre, 169 Sheridan-Parkside Dr., Tonawanda (693-9641).

PETE ’N’ KEELY, musical directed by Joseph Demerly, starring Norm Sham, Loraine O’Donnell. May 2-25, Thu & Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668).


ADRIFT IN MACAO, musical by Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick, directed by Randall Kramer, starring Bethany Burrows, Kelly Copps, Steve Copps, Kay Kerimian, Nicholas Lama, Ben Puglisi, Marc Sacco. Through May 25, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).

CAPTAIN JETT BETTINGTON AND THE ADVENTURES ON PLANET EARTH, comedy by Jason Kaiser and Jacob Albarella, presented by Theater Jugend, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Jacob Albarella, D. P. Morris, Jamie Nablo, Eric Mowery, Lindsay Salamone, Dudney Joseph, Chris Scherr, Matt Fleck, Mara Westerling. Through May 10, Thu-Sat at 8. ALT Theater, 255 Great Arrow Ave. (445-9432).

GODSPELL, musical by Steven Schwartz presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Joey Bucheker, starring Kim Cote, Kristin Gelia, Timothy Goehrig, Jerry Mosey, Steve Sitzman, Gary Andrews Stieglitz, Amy Teal, Chris Teal, Madalyn Teal, Leanne Troutman. Through May 25, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder. (848-0800).

THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, play by Sean O’Casey presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Derek Campbell, starring Vincent O’Neill, Josephine Hogan, Anthony Alcocer, Andrea Andolina, Beth Donohue, Gerry Maher, Chris Kelly. Through May 18, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC).

RACE, drama by David Mamet directed by Scott Behrend, starring Doug Zschiegner, Pete Johnson, Danica Riddick, Dave Hayes. Through May 18, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. (629-3069).

SHINE, world premiere of a play by Matthew LaChiusa presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Mark C LLoyd, starring David C. Mitchell, Michael Leszczynski, Michael Wachowiak, Carolyn Lansom, Billy Horn, Gabriel Robere. Through May 17, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave.(634-1102).


CURTAINS, musical by Kander and Ebb, and R. Holmes presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Steven Braddock. Through May 4, Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 4, Sun at 2. Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, NU campus (286-8685).

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through May 4, Thu-Fri at 7, Sat at 1 & 7, Sun at 1 & 6:30. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

LES MISERABLES, musical presented by UB Department of Theatre & Dance, directed by Nathan R. Matthews. Apr 24-May 4, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Drama Theatre, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus (645-ARTS).

THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE, comedy by Charles Busch presented by RSDP Productions, starring Pamela Mangus, Dolores Mendolia, Peter Palmisano, Andrew Starr, Susan Toomey. Through May 4, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, drama by Arthur Miller presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Kurt Schneiderman, starring Thomas LaChiusa, Lisa Vitrano, Andrea Gollhardt, Jeffrey Coyle, James Heffron, Jack Agugliaro. Through May 3, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).

Special Presentations:

THE SUNSHINE BOYS, comedy by Neil Simon directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Doug Smith, Bob Lohr, Alley Griffin, Jay Wollin, Bob Putnam, Rob Zahm. Through Jun 1, evenings, dinner at 6 & show at 7:30; matinees, lunch at 1:00 & show at 2:30. Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster (683-7767).


BODY AWARENESS, play by Annie Baker, presented by the Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Eileen Dugan, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Tim Newell, Adam Yellen. May 8-Jun 1. 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, x 391).

COCK, comedy by Mike Bartlett presented by Buffalo United Artists in association with Theater Jugend, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Steve Brachmann, Sean Marciniak, Shaun McLaughlin, Jamie Nablo. May 16-Jun 7, Fri & Sat at 8. Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. (886-9239).

THE CURIOUS SAVAGE, comedy written by John Patrick, presented by Aurora Players, directed by Catherine Burkhart, starring Gail Ruth Arthurs, Rosemary C. Barney, Monish Bhattacharyya, Joe Cassidy, Sean Farrell, Justyne Harris, Donna Manquen, Jeff Maris, Joel Murphy, Paige Ronan, Joella M. Sweet. May 23-Jun 8, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. Roycroft Pavilion, South Grove St. and Prospect Ave., East Aurora (687-6727).

GEE’S BEND, play with music by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder, directed by Thomas W. Jones II, starring Annette Christian, Leon Copeland, Mary Craig, Denise Smith. May 9-Jun 1, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. May 11, Mother’s Day Dinner Theatre. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013).

GOLDA’S BALCONY, one-woman show by William Gibson presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino, supervised by Scott Schwartz, starring Tovah Feldshuh. May 8-11, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

HERE WE SIT, comedy written and directed by L. Don Swartz, starring Joann V. Mis, Debby Koszelak Swartz. May 8 at 7. May 9-24, Fri & Sat at 8, plus May 25 at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614).

PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL, by Elizabeth Kann,Victoria Kann, and John Gregor, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Michael Walline, starring Arin Lee Dandes, Kerrykate Abel, Marc-Jon Filippone, Kevin Craig, Nancy Sam. May 9 at 7. May 10-Jun 1, Sat & Sun at 2 (no performances May 24 & 25). Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884-4400 x 304).

STUART LITTLE, adapted by Joseph Robinette from the book by E. B. White, directed by Kirkland Gilmer, starring Ray Ammerman, Bob Bozek, Maria Droz, Lisa Marie Leone, Robert Reiss, Lisa Sember. May 16-18, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 11 a.m. & 2:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, play by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, presented by the Alden Christian Theatre Society (ACTS), directed by Kathleen Sutter, starring in the Dylan Brozyna, Marc Ruffino. May 8-17, Thu-Sat at 7:30, plus May 18 at 2:30. ACTS Theatre, 1470 Church St., Alden (937-7770).