Weekly Feature

2017-11-09 / Entertainment


thurs. 9

Painting Churches — Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He is showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease as his wife valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move, and she hopes to finally paint their portrait. The play by Tina Rowe is presented by O’Connell & Company and features Tina Rausa, Jack Horohoe and Sara Kow-Falcone, under the direction of Lucas Lloyd. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Nov. 19, at The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road - enter at the Helen Long building, Snyder; $. 848-0800, www.oconnellandcompany.com

fri. 10

South Pacific — Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning musical adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by James Michener and produced by the Lancaster Opera House. Set on an island paradise during WWII, the musical features the songs “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime” and of course, Bali Ha’i.” Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster; $. 683-1776, www.lancopera.org

sat. 11

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, Nov. 11, at the Westminster Parish Hall, 724 Delaware Ave., Buffalo; $. 884-4400,


thurs. 16

Green Day’s American Idiot — The production features music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer, and is presented by the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 16-19 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3, in the Drama Theatre at the UB Center for the Arts, UB North Campus, Amherst; $. 645-2787, www.ubcfa.org

ongoing: now-Nov. 11

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, under the direction of Michael Lodick. Performances: 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

now-Nov. 12

’Til Death Do Us Part: Late Nite Catechism 3 — Entertainment Events presents this comedy. After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game. Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for a session with the country’s feistiest couples counselor. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St., Buffalo; $. 829-1153, 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com, www.sheas.org

now-Nov. 18

Man of LaMancha — Presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, the production is under the direction of Dawn Marcolini Newton. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays (and a 3 p.m. performance Saturday, Nov. 18),

through Sunday, Nov. 19, at The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda; $. 260-2319, www.niagaratheatre.com

now-Nov. 26

The Crucible — The Arthur Miller play is presented by the Kavinoky Theatre and under the direction of Robert Waterhouse. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays, now through Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo; $. 829-7668, www.kavinokytheatre.com

now-Dec. 3

Violet — Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori’s award-winning musical about a woman who embarks on a cross-country journey of discovery, and realizes the true meaning of beauty along the way, under the direction of Susan Drozd, with music direction by Theresa Quinn. 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, Dec. 3, at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst; $. 839-8540, www.musicalfare.com


25th Annual Kenny Awards 2018 Finalists Named — The 10 finalists selected for the 2018 Kenny Awards are: Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts (“Chicago”); Dunkirk High School (“Little Shop of Horrors”); Eden Jr./Sr. High School (“Catch Me If You Can”); Forestville Middle/High School (“Disney’s Beauty & the Beast”); Lewiston Porter High School (“Into the Woods”); Pioneer Central School (“Mary Poppins”); St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”); Starpoint High School (“Mary Poppins”); Tonawanda High School (“Jekyll & Hyde”); and West Seneca West Senior High School (“Anything Goes”). The Kenny Awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo; $. Beginning April 28, tickets can be purchased at the Shea’s ticket office, 650 Main St., or through Ticketmaster.

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