BLOOD AT THE ROOT: Based on the story of the Jena Six, a group of black students charged with attempted murder after a fight precipitated by the hanging of nooses from a tree on their college campus. Through October 29 at the Paul Robeson Theatre 350 Masten Avenue, 884-2013, aaccbuffalo.org.
THE BODYGUARD: A traveling production of the musical based on the hit film that starred Whitney Houston. R&B star Deborah Cox is a pretty fair stand-in as the diva whose life has been threatened. Playing October 24-29 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 650 Main Street, 847-0850, sheas.org.
BUNNICULA: It is what it sounds like: A stage adapatation of a children’s book about a very funny bunny. Through October 29 at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen Street, 884-4400, theatreofyouth.org.
DEAR WORLD: Did you see The Madwoman of Chaillot at Stratford this summer? No go see this. Through October 22 at O’Connell & Company, in residence at the Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, 848-0800, oconnellandcompany.com.
DESDEMONA: A PLAY ABOUT A HANDKERCHIEF: Among the highlights og every theater season are the pastiches of Shakespeare conceived and performed by Brazen-Faced Varlets. This time it’s Othello, as seen by three female characters: Desdemona and Emilia (the wives of Othello and Iago), and Bianca, the brothel owner. Through October 29 at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant Street, 598-1585, varlets.org.
A LITERARY HAUNTED HOUSE: It’s a spooky building—and it’s not just because it’s haunted by theater people. Take a ghostly tour, raise money for the Kav. October 21, 7-9:30pm. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Avenue, 829-7668, kavinokytheatre.com.
NEW KID: Ever move to a new town as a kid? To a new country? A timely play for kids and young adults about the challenges of assimilating to a new community. A play bvy Dennis Foon opening October 21 at Theatre of Youth, 203 Allen Street, 884-4400, theatreofyouth.org.
VISITING MR. GREEN: Saul Elkin plays Mr. Green and Nick Stevens plats Ross Gardiner in Jeff Baron’s award-winning two-hander. Opens October 19 at the Jewish Repertory Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, 650-7626, jewishrepertorytheatre.com.
PLUS, AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL:
1979: More Canadian history, this one a comedy about former Joe Clark, prime minister for just 10 months.
AN OCTOROON: Funny, challenging, and award-winning play by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins examining racial attitudes in America.
DANCING AT LUGHNASA: 1990 memory play by Irishman Brian Friel.
DRACULA: A funny and sexy staging of Bram Stoker’s supernatural thriller.
THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III: Alan Bennett play about the monarch’s struggles with mental illness.
ME AND MY GIRL: Musical comedy from the 1930s, revised by Stephen Fry in the 1980s.
SAINT JOAN: Shaw’s study of the sainted French military hero and martyr.
Playing now at the Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.
PLUS, AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
GUYS AND DOLLS: Frank Loesser’s classic musical.
HMS PINAFORE: Gilbert and Sullivan’s high-seas operetta.
ROMEO AND JULIET: Shakespeare’s second-most frustrating tragedy.
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL: Witty society comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
TARTUFFE: Holy Molière.
TREASURE ISLAND: Adapted for the stage by Nicolas Billon.
TWELFTH NIGHT: A comedy with everything: a shipwreck, sassy servants, cross-dressing, a dissolute uncle.
At the Stratford Festival, 55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.
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