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On The Boards Theater Listings

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THE BLUEST EYE, drama by Lydia R. Diamond based on the novel by Toni Morrison, directed by Paulette D. Harris and Ibn Shabazz, starring Ebony Pace, Ciandre M. Taylor, Annette Christian, Germaine Robinson, Debbi Davis, Ashley Dolson, John Vines, Marcus Thompson Jr. Feb 12- Mar 7. Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013).

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD…WITH YOU, biomusical devised and directed by Richard Lambert, starring Loraine O’Donnell, Eric Rawski. Feb 12-14, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3 & 7. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster S., North Tonawanda (692-2413).

LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney, starring Linda Pellegrino, Jon Summers. Feb 13 at 7:30, Feb 14 at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Lancaster (683-1776).

NOSFERATU: THE LEGEND OF DRACULA, thriller written and directed by L. Don Swartz, starring Daniel Arrasjid, Joann V. Mis, Vanessa Stipkovits, Drew Krause, Gabrielle Gagliardo, Paul McGinnis. Feb 11 at 8. Feb 12-27, Fri & Sat at 8, plus Feb 28 at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck Street in North Tonawanda (743-1614).


A LIGHT LUNCH, comedy by A.R. Gurney directed by Scott Behrend, starring David Hayes, Lisa Vitrano, Jessica Wegrzyn, Matt Witten. Through Feb 21, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

SKIRMISHES, drama by Catherine Hayes presented by Red Thread Theatre, directed by Kelli Bocock-Natale, starring Josephine Hogan, Eileen Dugan, Kathleen Betsko-Yale. Through Feb 27,Thu-Sat at 8. The New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Parkway (853-1334). See a preview of Skirmishes on Artvoice TV.

SWEET TOOTH, comedy by Mark Wild presented by Theatre Plus, directed by Lorna C. Hill, starring Andrea Andolina, Christopher S. Parada, Dayatra Hassan. Through Feb 20, Thu & Fri at 7:30. Sat at 4 & 8. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600).

WADING THROUGH THE LIGHT AND SHADOWS, written and conceived by David Butler, presented by The New Alt Performance Group, starring Kristin Bentley, David Butler, Michael Renna, Amy Taravella, Tim Newell. Through Feb 21, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Alt Theatre, 255 Great Arrow Ave., 3rd floor (868-6847).


DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN, one-man show presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino, starring Paul Perroni. Through Feb 14, Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 5 & 8, Sun at 2. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions, starring Patrick Cameron, Dan Greer, Amanda McCormick, Joe Spencer, Jeanne Vuich, Hugh Davis Through Feb 13, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30. Lecture Hall in the Main Building at Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle (479-1587).

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, adapted from the book by C.S. Lewis, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Kenneth Shaw, starring Danica Riddick, Justin Fiordaliso, Bethany Sparacio, Kevin Craig. Through Feb 14, Sat & Sun at 2. Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884-4400).

LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney, presented by Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by John Quackenbush. Through Feb 14, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3. Cardinal O’Hara Performing Arts Center (in Cardinal O’Hara High School) 39 O’Hara Road, Tonawanda (695-2600).

THE RELAPSE (or Virtue Endangered), comedy by John Vanbrugh presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Derek Campbell, starring Vincent O’Neill, Chris Corporandy, Todd Benzin, Aaron Pitre, Robert Rutland, Doug Crane, Gary Darling, Jim Maloy, Peter Jaskowiak, Diane Curley, Leah Russo, Mary Beth Lacki, Beth Donahue. Through Feb 14, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). See a preview of The Relapse on Artvoice TV.

THE WIZ, Broadway musical by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown, presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Mary Kate O’Connell, starring Daniel Doctor, Sandra Gilliam, Lauren McGowan, Deon Oliverio, Victoria Perez, Shamelia Rogers, Mike Star, Lyndsey Leigh Thuerck,Todd Warfield. Through Feb 14, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Gleasner Hall, Erie Community College- North Campus, 6205 Main St., Williamsville (848-0800).

Special Presentations

THE HEIRESS, drama by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, chamber theater production presented by the Playhouse of American Classics, directed by Terence McDonald, starring Jennifer Fitzery, Keith Elkins, Andrew Starr, Kate Olena, Jennifer Toomey Starr, Diane Gaidry, Donna Jeffords, Adam Kehrer, Jenna Winnett. Feb 12-14, Fri at 8, Sat at 2, Sun at 2 & 6. Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Ave. (873-9644 ext. 301).

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, by Eve Ensler. A special V-Day benefit performance for Crisis Services, directed by Kelly Beuth. Feb 11 & 12 at 7:30. Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave.


THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES, comedy by Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman, based on the books by Ann Bannon, presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Nicole Cimato, Nick Cocchetto, Jamie Doktor, Kate Elliott, Katie White, Doug Weyand. Feb 19-Mar 13, Fri & Sat at 8. BUA Theater, 119 Chippewa (886-9239).

CYRANO, drama by Edmund Rostand, presented by the Buffalo Laboratory Theatre, directed by Paula Westinghouse, starring Ray Boucher, Golde, Taylor Doherty, Bonnie Jean Taylor. Feb 12-20, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. William E. Swan Auditorium, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg (949-4082).

ELECTRA, tragedy by Sophocles presented by the SUNY Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance, directed by James Ivey. Feb. 19-27, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Bartlett Theatre, Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia, 280 Central Ave., Fredonia (1-866-441-4928).

THE FOREIGNER, comedy by Larry Shue directed by Jay Desiderio. Feb 18-Apr 11. Wed, Thu & Sat dinner at 6, show at 8. Sun, dinner at 5, show at 7. Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster (683-7767).

HARVEST, historical drama by Langston Hughes, presented by the Subversive Theatre Collective, directed by Kurt Schneiderman, starring Rob Dziechciarz, Hasheen DeBerry, Leon S. Copeland, Jr.,Cynthia Maxwell, Lawrence Rowswell, Lisa Dee, David Butterfield, Martha Rothkopf, Gary Darling, Tom Izard, Kevin Dennis, Eric Mowery. Feb 26-Mar 20, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 6. Manny Fried Playhouse, Great Arrow Building at 255 Great Arrow Ave. (408-0499).

HORTENSIA AND THE MUSEUM OF DREAMS, readers’ theater production of the play by Nilo Cruz, presented by Niagara University Theatre, directed by Steven Vaughan. Feb 25-28, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. The Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University campus (286-8685).

THE MOUSETRAP, thriller by Agatha Christie presented by the Mystery Company. Feb 19-28, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30, plus Feb 25 at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Lancaster (683-1776).