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Thursday Theater Roundup

Tod Benzin and Pamela Rose Mangus in Donna Hoke's new play "Seeds," running through Marc 24 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre. Photo by Charles Lewis / The Buffalo News.

"Seeds," through March 24 in Road Less Traveled Theatre. ★★★★

From the review: "Simply put, the instructional, observant and insightful “Seeds” is Hoke’s best work to date..." --Ted Hadley

Tim Lewis and Cassandra Angerosa star in Lancaster Opera House’s production of “Oklahoma!” ( Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News)

"Oklahoma!" through March 17 in the Lancaster Opera House. ★★★

From the review: "Weak productions of 'Oklahoma!' tend to amplify all its simplistic plot turns and schlocky lyrics. Smart ones such as this highlight the irresistible spirit of American optimism it embodies and all the innovations of Agnes De Mille’s choreography and staging it introduced to musical theater." --Colin Dabkowski

"First Lady Suite," through March 16 in an American Repertory Theatre Production at The Church of The Ascension. ★★★½

From the review: "[Michael John LaChiusa's] score flows freely from Gershwin to Sondheim to Philip Glass to even William Finn, relying on their proven textures while refusing to mimic them. It’s quite a feat, especially considering that it’s played –- masterfully, easily, it would sound –- on an electric keyboard by music director Michael Hake, whose passion for musicianship imbues every sound we hear." --Ben Siegel


Patrick Moltane (standing) and Mark Donahue star in Torn Space Theater's production of Sam Shepard's play "Buried Child."

"Buried Child," through March 16 at Torn Space Theater. ★★★½

From the review: "Shepard’s theories are once again aided by his usual themes: desperation, isolation, violence, temper, deceit. Add incest, murder and the always present Shepard staple, menace, and you have the makings for an uncomfortable, albeit intriguing, night at the theater, one interminable at times, riveting at others." --Ted Hadley

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Beth Donohue and Wendy Hall in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's production of "Dancing at Lughnasa."

"Dancing at Lughnasa," through March 10 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Andrews Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "...You enter and exit the picture fluidly, never sure of whose emotions you’re responding to. In the end, you feel awoken from a dream, in the hazy déjà vu of it all. How exquisite this can be." --Ben Siegel

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Michele Marie Roberts, Jessica Ferraday, Guy Balotine and Josie DiVincenzo star in "Noises Off" in the Kavinoky Theatre.

"Noises Off," through March 10 in Kavinoky Theatre.  ★★★★

From the review: "The Kavinoky’s current production of Michael Frayn’s classic modern farce “Noises Off” is perhaps not absent of flaws. That would be absurd. I dare you to find anything wrong with it, though, or to not take pure joy in everything it offers." --Ben Siegel


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