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On The Boards Theater Listings

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Torn Space's "Trace", by Dan Shanahan, opens this weekend. (photo by Lukia Costello)


RUINED, drama by Lynn Nottage presented by Ujima Company, directed by Lorna C. Hill, starring Annette Daniels Taylor, Zoe Viola Scruggs, Shanntina Moore, Chantal Dubose, Hugh Davis, Donald Capers, Willie Judson, Peter Johnson, Monish Bhattacharyya . Carlton Franklin. Sep 17-Oct 10, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 6. TheaterLoft, 545 Elmwood Ave. (883-0380).

TRACE, an original performance presented by Torn Space, written and directed by Dan Shanahan, starring Diane Gaidry, Andrew Kottler, Giovanni Joy. Sep 16 at 8. Sep 17- Oct. 9, Fri & Sat at 8, plus Oct 10 at 8. Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. (812-5733).

THE WIZARD OF OZ, musical by Baum, Arlen, and Hamburg, presented by Theatre in the Mist, directed by Joey Bucheker, starring Susan Laxton, Bill Kennedy, Joe Castiglia, Jason R. Bek, Lisa Marie Leone, Molly Harding, Jerry Mosey. Sep 17-26, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30. Niagara Falls High School , 4455 Porter Rd., Niagara Falls (1-877-856-0694).


ART OF MURDER, murder mystery by Joe DiPietro presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions, directed by Thomas LaChiusa, starring, Keith Wharton, Lona Geiser, Shaina Greser, Tom Owen. Through Sep 25, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30. Lecture Hall in the Main Building at Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle (479-1587).

THE CANT, world premiere of the play by Shay Linehan, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti in association with Vincent O’Neill, starring Patrick Moltane, Brian Mysliwy, Josephine Hogan, Mark Donahue, Katie White, Vincent O’Neill, Tom Zindle, Gerry Maher, Mary Ramsey. Through Oct 3, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). Read Anthony Chase's review of The Cant in this week's Theater Week.

CHEAPJACK SHAKESPEARE: THE NON-MUSICAL, comedy by Shaun McLaughlin, based on his graphic novel, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Kristin Bentley, Arin Lee Dandes, Daniel Morris. Through Sep 25, Thu-Sat at 8, plus Sep 19 at 7. ALT Theatre, 255 Great Arrow Ave. (868-6847).

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, world premiere of the comedy by Donna Hoke, directed by Scott Behrend, starring Kelly Meg Brennan, Matt Witten, Luke Wager, Natalie Mack. Through Oct 3, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). Read Anthony Chase's review of The Couple Next Door in this week's Theater Week.

FOREVER PLAID, musical by Stuart Ross, directed by Dale Sandish, starring Paschal Frisina III, Andy Herr, Nicholas Lama, Marc Sacco. Through Oct 10, Thu & Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668).

THE FURIES OF MOTHER JONES, musical by Maxine Klein presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Megan Callahan, starring Sharon Strait, Leah Russo, Marshall Maxwell and the Erie Lackawanna Railroad Band. Through Oct 9, Thu-Sat at 8. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).

IN A DARK DARK HOUSE, thriller by Neal LaBute directed by Joe Natale, starring Drew Kahn, Richard Lambert, Lisa Sperry. Through Oct 9, Thu-Sat at 8 (no performances Sep 16 & 17). New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). Read Anthony Chase's review of In A Dark House in this week's Theater Week.

MOOKIE CRANKS A TATER!, comedy by Joe Palka, directed by Neal Radice, starring David C. Mitchell, Joyce Stilson, Andréa Andolina, Michael Seitz, Maria Pendolino, Christopher Standart. Through Oct 2, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600).

SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL, musical created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, directed by Lisa Ludwig, starring Amy Jakiel, Michele Marie Roberts, Nancy Sam, Hannah L. Sharp, Lyndsey Leigh Thuerck. Through Oct 17, Wed at 7, Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). Read Anthony Chase's review of Shout! in this week's Theater Week.

TERRA NOVA, tragedy by Ted Tally, presented by the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, directed by Taylor Doherty, starring Ray Boucher. Through Sep 25. Thu-Sat at 8. William E. Swan Auditorium, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg (202-9033).

WORKING, musical by Stephen Schwartz based on the Studs Terkel book, presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Mary Kate O’Connell, starring Susana Breese, Erin Brignone, Lisa Dee, Marc-Jon Filippone, Todd Fuller, Gregory Gjurich, Mary Coppola Gjurich, Michael Izard, Dudney Joseph, Pamela Rose Mangus, Victoria Perez, Guy Tomassi, Roger Van Dette. Through Oct 3, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Erie Community College North Campus, 6205 Main St., Williamsville (848-0800). Read Anthony Chase's review of Working in this week's Theater Week.


THE FANTASTICKS, musical by Jones and Schmidt, presented by Red Carpet Theater Productions, directed by Dawn Marie Smith-DeLuca, starring John Fredo, Dan Schrack, Bethany Burrows, Gary M. Darling, Karen Szalach, Loren Horwitz, Mark Skura, Tim Goehrig. Through Sep 19, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).

Special Presentations

BRING ON THE MEN, comic musical cabaret conceived and directed by Todd Warfield, presented by Theatre Plus, starring Warfield, Kim Piazza, Stephanie Bax, Micha Andrew Stanton, David Bondrow. Through Sep 25, Thu-Sat at 8. Main Street Cabaret, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600).

WALLEY’S CAFÉ, comedy by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Derek Donogher, Lisa Hinca, Michelle Bates-Buckle. Through Nov 21, Thu & Sat dinner at 6, show at 8. Sun, dinner at 5, show at 7. Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster (683-7767).


ALMOST MAINE, comedy by John Cariani presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Gregory Fletcher. Sep 30-Oct 9, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Leary Theatre, Clet Hall, NU campus (286-8685).

NEVERMORE: An exPOEration!, performance piece based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe, presented by Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara Haberberger, starring Kelly Beuth, Heather Fangsrud, Jane Cudmore, Theresa DiMuro Wilber, Brittany Kucala, Amy Gore. Sep 23-Oct 9, Thu-Sat at 8. Rust Belt Books, Allen and Elmwood (574-9139).

THE PRIDE, play by Alexi Kaye Campbell presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Wendy Hall, Chris Kelly, Michael Renna, Doug Weyand. Sep 24-Oct 16, Fri & Sat at 8. BUA Theater, 119 Chippewa St. (886-9239).

SOMETHING’S AFOOT!, mystery spoof musical by McDonald, Vos & Gerlach, presented by Lancaster Regional Players, directed by Bob Alonzo, starring Karen Eichler, John Lynch, Nikki Markey , Vince Martino, Katy Miner, Andrew Spragge, William Steffen, Gail Stengel, Gary Stevenson, Darren Wojcicki. Oct 1-10, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776),