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British star Malcolm McDowell (pictured left) jumped into fame for his roles in the late 1960s/early 1970s films If…, A Clockwork Orange, and O Lucky Man! In recent years he has been very active on TV, including a guest appearance last week in The Mentalist. Although very busy with TV and movie projects, McDowell is very interested in returning to the stage as he got his start in acting when he went away to school and performed in class plays, many years ago. He was last on the New York stage in 1993 starring in Ronald Harwood’s Another Time opposite the fabulous Marian Seldes.

Incidentally, Seldes will be given a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at this year’s ceremonies, which take place June 13. Congratulations to Buffalo’s Stephen Henderson, who received a nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his role in the revival of Fences. Also nominated in the lead categories are Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. The fabulous Roslyn Ruff, who was back in Buffalo last year at the Artie Awards to present Career Achievement Awards to June Duel and Beverly Dove, is Viola Davis’s standby.

Mark your calendars, less than a month away, the 20th Annual Artie Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, June 7.

The Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY has announced its two shows for the 2010-2011 season: Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo (October 14-November 7) and Israel Horovitz’s Lebensraum (Living Space). Both productions will be directed by Saul Elkin at the Alleyway Theatre.

Kaleidoscope Theatre concludes its current season with Neil’s Simon comedy Jake’s Women, starring Robert “Ernie” Insana as Jake, the part created by Alan Alda in the 1992 original Broadway production. The show will run June 11-26 and will also star Beth Gerardi-Wharton, Lona LaChiusa, Jennifer Fitzery, Shaina Greser, Maura Nolan, Sarah Blewett, and Elizabeth Oddy.

For more Neal Simon fun, Desiderio’s dinner theater is presenting his 1961 comedy Come Blow Your Horn through June 20.

Coming up next for O’Connell & Company, This Is on Me—An Evening of Dorothy Parker, a staged reading adapted by Tom Fontana, starring Mary Kate O’Connell, Pamela Rose Mangus, Katie White, and Peter Palmisano. The event runs May 20-23.

On May 13 at 7pm & May 16 at 2pm, Road Less Traveled Productions will present readings of Darryl Schneider’s War Room at the Burchfield-Penney Arts Center, in conjunction with the exhibit Ben Perrone: War Ongoing Project. War Room opened in Fall 2006 and won the 2007 Artie Award for Best New Play. Bonnie Jean Taylor will join original cast members Peter Jaskowiak, Christina Rausa, Rich McGrath, Luke Wager, and Jermain Cooper. Scott Behrend directs.

BUA continues its cabaret series with Kerrykate Abel in That Kind of Woman, also starring Chuck Basil at the piano. The show opens on May 14 at 8pm and continues Fridays and Saturdays through May 22 with a Sunday performance on May 16.

And it will definitely happen, the great Betty White (pictured right) will be hosting Saturday Night Live this coming Saturday, May 8.

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