COMEDYSPORTZ: Improvisational comedy presented by CSz Buffalo every Friday and Saturday at 4476 Main St., Lower Level, Amherst, 393-8669, cszbuffalo.com.
CSZ AFTER HOURS: The late-night (9:30pm) Saturday show by the improvisational crew CSz Buffalo runs a little more blue than the early show. Ongoing at 4476 Main St., Lower Level, Amherst, 393-8669, cszbuffalo.com.
FAHRENHEIT 451: In which Subversive Theatre Collective, as is their wont, employs the transportive power of science fiction to plunge its audience into an ice-cold reality bath. Their adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian classic runs through October 6 at the Manny Fried Theatre, 3rd floor, Great Arrow Building, 255 Great Arrow Avenue, 408-0499, subversivetheatre.org
GOLDEN BOY: The Irish Classical begins its season with Clifford Odets’s 1937 play about a young man who dreams of being a violinist but instead pursues fame and fortune as a boxer. It’s a brilliant and tragic story, delivered in Odets’s signature language, raw and musical. Starring Anthony Alcocer, Cassie Cameron, Rolando Martín Gómez, David Autovino, and Arin Lee Dandes. Through October 7 at the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street, 853-4282, irishclassicaltheatre.com.
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL: A stage adapatation of the 1988 film, directed by Candice Kogut and starring a cast of young and talented actors. Presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY through September 22 at the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Avenue, 697-0837, artofwny.org.
PHILOSOPHUS: World premiere of Colin Speer Crowley’s comedy in which Voltaire and a companion are on the run with a treasuered notebook stolen from Frederick the Great, whose men are on their tail. Through October 6 at the Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley, 852-2600, alleyway.com.
PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL: Dress your children and yourself in pink for the return of this colorful kids’ musical, running through October 7 at Theatre of Youth, 884-4400, theatreofyouth.org.
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES: The Tony Award-winning 1982 musical, in which the “pump boys” who operate a honky-tonk and the “dinettes” who run a neighboring diner put on an evening of country and rockabilly songs. Directed by Chris Kelly, starring Jaclyn Lisenby Brown, Jayson Clark, Joseph Donohue III, Maria Droz, Ryan Kaminski, and Andrew J, Reimers. Through October 7 at MusicalFare Theatre, in residence at Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, 839-8540, musicalfare.com.
PURLIE: A musical based on the 1961 Ossie Davis play Purlie Victorious, about a preacher who returns to his Georgia hometown to save his church and free his people from Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s plantation. Through October 7 at the Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Avenue, 884-2013, aaccbuffalo.org.
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET: The Kavinoky Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical is winning rave reviews. Starring Matt Witten as Sweeney Todd and Loraine O’Donnell as Mrs. Lovett, it runs through September 30 at the Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Avenue, 829-7668, kavinokytheatre.com.
AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL:
THE BARONESS AND THE PIG: A Pygmalion-like tale, but with a baroness instead of a patronizing professor. Opens June 7.
GRAND HOTEL: Tony-award-winning musical based on the 1932 film based on the 1929 novel, set in 1920s Berlin.
HENRY V: In which Prince Hal becomes a king, in this production with World War I as a setting.
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: The world premiere of an adaptation of what is either the first or the sixth (depending on what edition you have) of C. S. Lewis’s The Narnia Chronicles.
OF MARRIAGE AND MEN: Two shorts by Shaw on the subject of marriage: How He Lied to Her Husband and The Man of Destiny.
O’FLAHERTY, V.C.: The Irish and World War I—it’s complicated. A lunch hour one-act.
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR: Also set in World War I, a musical comedy about the business of war.
THE ORCHARD (AFTER CHEKHOV): Imagine The Cherry Orchard re-cast with a Punjabi Sikh family who are trying to protect their orchard in the Okanagan Valley.
STAGE KISS: Exes in “real” life are cast as lovers on stage in the comedy by Sarah Ruhl.
Playing now at the Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.
AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
AN IDEAL HUSBAND: Oscar Wilde’s comedy about politics and blackmail.
BRONTE: THE WORLD WITHOUT: ”Three sisters live in poverty with their ailing father and dissolute, dying brother, jealously guarding the secrets of their disappointed hearts.”
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS: Slapstick, mistaken identity, ribald puns, in one of Shakespeare’s first comedies.
CORIOLANUS: One of Shakespeare’s later, grimmer tragedies.
JULIUS CAESAR: This is not the Shakespeare high schoolers should be asked to read first.
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT: Really just about the opposite, in every imaginable way, of the production above. Eugene O’Neill at the absolute top of his game dramatizing the bottom.
THE MUSIC MAN: And the pendulum (with a capital “P” and that rhymes with…) swings again. Meredith Willson’s classic musical.
PARADISE LOST: Inspired by Milton’s epic poem about the struggle between good and evil.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Dan Chameroy fills Frank-N-Furter’s fishnets. Drinks before, during, after the show.
THE TEMPEST: Ban, ban, Ca-caliban has a new master.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.
Playing now at the Stratford Festival, 55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.
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