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Thursday theater roundup: Memorial Day weekend edition

Time again for ArtsBeat's theater roundup, our weekly suggestion of the best shows playing in and around Western New York.


The cast of "The Exonerated," which runs through June 13 in Ujima Theatre's TheatreLoft.

"The Exonerated" through June 13 in TheatreLoft, in a production by Ujima Theatre. From the review: "As strong an indictment of the American criminal justice system as has ever been produced for the stage... Ujima and director Lorna C. Hill are to be applauded for honoring this gravely important topic with a production that simply sings." --Colin Dabkowski

  • 6a00d83451b85a69e2013481429f27970c-800wi"From Door to Door" through June 6 in the Alleyway Theatre, in a production by the Jewish Repertory Theatre. From the review: "At times veering close to melodrama, or, as we call it in the old country, “shmaltz,” the play comes up balanced, and ultimately packs a rewarding emotional experience. It is satisfying not in its resolution of huge issues, but in the ongoing rhythms of life; the patterns that we encounter, maybe try to break, and frequently come full circle to inevitably embrace." --Jana Eisenberg

  • "Lettice and Lovage" through May 30 in the Kavinoky Theatre. From the review: "Doyennes Anne Gayley and Rosalind Cramer, in reprise. What could be better? British playwright Peter Shaffer’s 'Lettice and Lovage,' one of his rare comedies — but one filled with his customary themes of denial, fantasy and aspiration—has returned to the Kavinoky Theatre after a nearly 20-year hiatus, bringing with it acting icons Gayley and Cramer, the long-ago stars of the first production: the impeccable Gayley as sweetly eccentric Lettice Douffet and the relentlessly precise Cramer as grumpy Lotte Schoen." --Ted Hadley

  • Zooma Zooma "Zooma Zooma" through May 30 in MusicalFare Theatre. From the review: "Right from the opening number, 'The Birth of the Blues,' we can tell they’re up to something deliciously fun and naughty. For the first (but far from last) time of the night, Hall hits the wall in the back of the theater with her big, big voice, coming all the way up from those swaying hips that were custom-made to be wrapped in slinky satin."--Melinda Miller

--Colin Dabkowski



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