Weekly Feature



2017-09-14 / Entertainment

Theatre

thurs. 14

Killer Rack: The Feminist, Horror Musical Comedy — In a world that prizes breast size over accomplishments, Betty Downer impulsively books enhancement surgery with the evil Dr. Libby Niptuck, and then all hell breaks loose as singing, dancing, musical mayhem is brought on by a set of monstrous mammaries. This is the world premiere, with book, music and lyrics by Neal Radice, and based on the film, “Killer Rack,” written by Paul McGinnis and directed by Gregory Lamberson. The production features Emily Yancey as Betty Downer, Nathan Andrew Miller, Kim Piazza, Joey Bucheker, Kyle Baran, Andrew Zuccari, James Cichocki, Heather Reed, Sabrina Kahwaty and Colleen A. Pine, under the direction of Radice. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks — This touching comedy revolves around Lily Harrison (Loretta Swit), a formidable retired woman living in St. Petersburg, Florida, who hires a young, acerbic dance instructor (David Engel) to give her dance lessons — one per week for six weeks. While dancing the tango, waltz, swing, Foxtrot and Cha-Cha, a relationship blossoms into a beautiful friendship as they learn to overcome their outward differences and discover an unlikely but profound connection. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14; 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 (Curtain Up!); 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org

fri. 15

RESPONSE Festival — The festival will feature “The Fever” by 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), and performed in complete collaboration with the audience. It will examine how we assemble, organize and care for the bodies around us. Who will you be when our eyes are on you? Performances: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, at Torn Space Theater, Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle & Library, 612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo; $. 812-5733. www.tornspacetheater.com

Donna Hoke’s Sons & Lovers — It takes fantasy, farce and one fabulous makeover before the truth flies free, and mother and son discover just how much they have in common in this new comedy by Donna Hoke and produced by Buffalo United Artists. The production features Caitlin Baeumler Coleman, Steve Brachmann, A. Peter Snodgrass and Dave Granville, under the direction of Todd Fuller. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 (Curtain Up!), and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Saturday, Sept. 30, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St., Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

Gentlemen Prefer Divas — DIVA by DIVA meets Gentlemen’s Gentlemen’s in an all-star cabaret celebration. The show is a cabaret-style format celebrating the many images of men and women through quotes, stories, jokes, and it is filled with music, fun and a different mix of cast and material, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 (Curtain Up!), and Saturday, Sept. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 660 Main St., Buffalo; $. 847-0850, www.sheas.org

Design For Living — Three slick and stylish young bohemians in the 1930s take the audience on a delicious romp that only Noel Coward could conceive. The production features Kate LoConti, Adriano Gatto, Ben Michael Moran, Eric Rawski, Jennifer Fitzery, Elliot Fox, Conor Graham, Melissa Levin and Ron Mangum, under the direction of Fortunato Pezzimenti. Opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 (Curtain Up!) and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St., Buffalo; $. 853-4282, www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

Anything Goes — The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild presents the Cole Porter favorite featuring Michelle Holden, M. Joseph Fratello, Chris Andreanna, Marni Stone, John Panepinto and Kelsey Giampoala, under the direction of Dan Zerpa. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday,Oct.1,anda3p.m. performance Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; $. 260-2319, www.niagaratheatre.com

ongoing: now-Sept. 23

Roommates — American Repertory Theater of Western New York opens its season with a work by Artie Award-winning playwright Mark Humphrey in this tale of dishonesty and loyalty, under the direction of Drew McCabe. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, through Saturday, Sept. 23, at the 330 Performance Space, 300 Amherst St. (next to the Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo); $. 697-0837, www.artofwny.org. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

now-Sept. 24

9 to 5: The Musical — Presented by Rocking Horse Productions, this high-energy adaptation based on the 1980 hit movie is under the direction of Leigha Eichhorn. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

now-Oct. 1

The Producers — The Kavinoky Theatre opens its 38th season with this hilarious production by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, under the direction of Lynne Kurdziel Formato. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 829-7668, www.kavinokytheatre.com Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

now-Oct. 8

Peter & The Starcatcher — The play upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (AKA Peter Pan), under the direction of Chris Kelly. Performances: 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 8, at MusicalFare Theatre’s Mainstage Theatre at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com. Curtain Up! performance: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

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