Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Entertainment


thurs. 12

Paula Vogel’s Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief — This dark comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s “Othello” focuses on the three female characters from the original work. You will never look at the characters the same way again. By Paul Vogel, presented by the Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara D. Haberberger and featuring Jeni Arroyo as Bianca, Caroline Parzy-Sanders as Emilia, and Stefanie Warnick as Desdemona. Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, and continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 13, 18, 19, 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Oct. 14, 28 and 29 at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St., Buffalo. Performances on Oct. 12, 18, 19 are pay-what-you-can. 885-9535, www.rustbeltbooks.com Menopause The Musical — A

groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Performances: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12; 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Shea’s 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St., Buffalo; $. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. www.sheas.org

fri. 13

Straight — Written by Scott Elmegreen and Williamsville East High School graduate Drew Fornarola, directed by Javier Bustillos and featuring Michael Seitz, Adam Hayes and Cassie Gorniewicz. Ben likes beer, sports, and Emily ... and Chris. “Straight” is a provocative new play that deals with fidelity, sexuality and identity in “post-Equality” America. The production opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and continues at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 4, at the Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo; $. 852-2600, www.alleyway.com

sat. 14

Playing What If... — This creative drama-based class explores creative thinking skills through games and improvisation. You will create characters and dramatic situations in which attendees work together to overcome all sorts of challenges. The focus is on imagining and exploring things that do not exist, wondering and dreaming about possibilities, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 14, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

thurs. 19

Stupid F****** Bird — By Aaron Posner, this is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” presented by American Repertory Theater of Western New York. The production is directed by Michael Lodick and features Connor Graham, Emily Yancey, Candice Kogut, Rick Lattimer, Diane DiBernardo, Thomas LaChiusa and Scot Kaitanowski. Opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, and continues at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Saturday, Nov. 11, at the 330 Performance Space, 300 Amherst St. (next to the Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo); $. 697-0837, www.artofwny.org

ongoing: now-Oct. 22

Dear World — When Paris finds itself in a state of crisis, there’s only one woman out there who can save the day: Countess Aurelia, the mad woman of Chaillott, under the direction of Kelli Bocock Natale. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 22. There is also one Sunday evening performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

now-Oct. 29

Bunnicula — This silly, slightly spooky adventure is the perfect way for families to celebrate the Halloween season. It’s a dark and stormy night when the Monroe family brings home a peculiar new pet, an orphaned bunny with mysterious habits and sharp fangs. The family names it Bunnicula, and it’s only a short time before strange things start happening. Presented by the Theatre of Youth in its 46th anniversary season. Performances: 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St., Buffalo; $. 884-4400, www.theatreofyouth.org

Blood at the Root — Based on the story of the Jena Six, a group of black students are charged with attempted murder after a fight precipitated by the hanging of nooses from a tree on their college campus, written by Dominique Morisseau. Performances: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-2013, www.aaccbuffalo.org

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