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Thursday Theater Roundup: Strong showings from JRT, Brazen-faced Varlets, Road Less Traveled and more

Eileen Dugan and Kristen Tripp Kelly star in the Jewish Repertory Theatre's production of "Body Awareness."

The Thursday Theater Roundup features currently running productions that have received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks:

"The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women," through May 17 in a Brazen-faced Varlets production in Rust Belt Books. ✮✮✮✮

"The Plough and the Stars," through May 18 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Andrews Theatre. ✮✮✮

"Race," through May 18 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre. ✮✮✮✮

"Godspell," through May 18 in O'Connell and Company's theater in the Park School. ✮✮✮

"Adrift in Macao," through May 25 in MusicalFare Theatre. ✮✮✮

"Last Confession," through June 1 in Toronto's Royal Alexandria Theatre. ✮✮✮✮

"Body Awareness," through June 1 in Jewish Repertory Theatre's Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre. ✮✮✮½

"Gee's Bend," through June 1 in the Paul Robeson Theatre. ✮✮✮

Thursday Theater Roundup: 4 stars for 'Race,' 'Anastasia Trials' and 'Last Confession'

David Suchet stars in the gripping “The Last Confession,” on stage at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. 

The Thursday Theater Roundup features currently running productions that have received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks:

"The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women," through May 17 in a Brazen-faced Varlets production in Rust Belt Books. ✮✮✮✮

"The Plough and the Stars," through May 18 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Andrews Theatre. ✮✮✮

"Race," through May 18 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre. ✮✮✮✮

"Godspell," through May 18 in O'Connell and Company's theater in the Park School. ✮✮✮

"Adrift in Macao," through May 25 in MusicalFare Theatre. ✮✮✮

"Last Confession," through June 1 in Toronto's Royal Alexandria Theatre. ✮✮✮✮

'Menopause the Musical' coming to 710 Main Theatre

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The provocatively titled and wildly popular "Menopause the Musical," which last played Buffalo in 2010, will return to town for eight performances in the 710 Main Theatre starting on July 8.

In her 2010 review, News reviewer Melinda Miller wrote of the show: "It isn't art, it's catharsis, a one-subject party for those whose hourglass figures, as the Earth Mother says, are now a glass of water, who don't wake up with night sweats because they can never fall asleep."

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 8. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. For more info, visit sheas.org.

--Colin Dabkowski

'Adrift in Macao' performance tonight cancelled

MusicalFare Theatre has canceled tonight's performance of "Adrift in Macao" because of a family emergency. Ticket-holders can exchange their tickets for any other performance of the show, which runs through May 25. For more info, call 839-8540.

--Colin Dabkowski

Rare Gershwin opera is half of downtown double bill

By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buffalo Opera Unlimited has an unusual double bill planned for May 16 and 18 at the 710 Main Theatre downtown. That is the swanky little theater by Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The company is performing a little-known jazz opera by George Gershwin called "Blue Monday." I found this little clip of the one-act opera on YouTube -- a production from Italy, the video info suggests.

The other opera on Buffalo Opera Unlimited's bill is the premiere of "The Fall of Stag Lee" by Darryl Glenn Nettles.

Led by Tim Kennedy, Buffalo Opera Unlimited has done a fine job in the past with off-the-beaten-track American music. One enjoyable concert centered on the music of William Grant Still. It is great that they are forging forward with this new adventure.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fri., May 16 and 2:30 p.m. Sun., May 18. Tickets are $30 and more details are on the 710 Main theater's website.

 

Thursday Theater Roundup: BUA's 'Blanche' wraps up; Subversive's 'View from the Bridge' continues

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Andrew Gollhardt, James Heffron and Thomas LaChiusa star in Subverisve Theatre's production of "A View from the Bridge."

The Thursday Theater Roundup features currently running productions that have received three or more stars from our reviewers. Here are this week's picks:

"Blanche DuBois Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire," through Sunday in a Buffalo United Artists produciton in the Main Street Cabaret. ★★★

"A View from the Bridge," through May 3 in a Subversive Theatre production in the Manny Fried Playhouse. ★★★½

Neil Wechsler's ambitious 'Against the Grain' theater fest postponed

When Buffalo playwright Neil Wechsler announced plans last year to produce his own outdoor adaptation of "Faust" at Silo City this summer using actors from across the Northeast as part of a new annual theater festival, it sounded almost too good to be true.

Turns out it was, at least for this year.

"Factors beyond our control have forced us to delay the production until the summer of 2015," Wechsler said in an email. "While we are disappointed that we will not be able to present Faust this summer, the extra time will allow us to present it more effectively next year."

Wechsler's Against the Grain Festival is meant to bring international attention to Buffalo's grain silos as potential sites for theatrical experimentation. It's also part of a trend to tie the city's artistic identity to the structures and to employ them as as symbols of a uniquely Buffalonian culture.

--Colin Dabkowski

Thursday Theater Roundup: Last week for Ujima and BPT's 'The Trojan Women'

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Lorna Hill, center, finds inner strength as Hecuba in “The Trojan Women,” opening tonight in TheatreLoft.

"The Trojan Women," through April 19 in a co-proudction of Ujima Theatre and Buffalo Public Theatre in TheatreLoft. ★★★

"A View from the Bridge," through May 3 in a Subversive Theatre production in the Manny Fried Playhouse. ★★★½

"Blanche DuBois Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire," through April 27 in a Buffalo United Artists produciton in the Main Street Cabaret. ★★★

City of Night puts out a call for site-specific work

City of Night, the grassroots multi-arts festival which will take over Silo City on June 28, is seeking proposals for "performance art, installations, sound art, murals, dance, theater, and light-based works."

Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo, the group behind the popular festival, released a teaser video in hopes of inspiring Western New York creative types to apply. Check out the City of Night website if you're interested in applying. Here's a look:

 

And a handy walkthrough of the site for artists interested in exactly what they're applying to:

 --Colin Dabkowski

Thursday Theater Roundup: Strong work at Ujima, BUA, Subversive and Torn Space

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Jimmy Janowski stars a Buffalo United Artists production of "Blanche DuBois Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire."

"Blanche DuBois Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire," through April 27 in a Buffalo United Artists produciton in the Main Street Cabaret. ★★★

"A View from the Bridge," through May 3 in a Subversive Theatre production in the Manny Fried Playhouse. ★★★½

"The Trojan Women," through April 19 in a co-proudction of Ujima Theatre and Buffalo Public Theatre in TheatreLoft. ★★★

"Mud," through April 13 in Torn Space Theatre's Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library. ★★★

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