Officially opens May 9
Shaw photo by Peter Andrew Lusztyk; design by KeyGordon.com
Though previews have been running since mid-April, May 9 marks the official openings of Shaw’s first two shows of the season. Following last season’s hit, The Magician’s Nephew, the Narnia stories continue at the Festival Theatre with the world premiere of The Horse and His Boy (program illustration at right). And, for families, there are ten matinee performances at 10:30 a.m. Note: you need not be familiar with any Narnia stories to enjoy this new show. Meanwhile, opening at the Royal George, also on May 9, is period thriller Rope. Patrick Hamilton’s play features two college students in 1920s London who commit murder and host a party for the victim’s friends with his hidden body as the centerpiece—just to see if they can pull it off. —Donna Hoke
At Festival Theatre
(10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)
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In 1969 Washington, DC, sisters Olive, Marsha, and Irene are all that remain of the Bradshaw family after burying their mother, father, and now, younger brother.
Dragons Love Tacos
When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues.
American Repertory Theater of Western New York presents this world premiere by Brooklyn-based playwright Caitlin Saylor Stephens.
Looking Through Glass
In this world premiere, Leah is possessed by the soul of her true love whom she met shortly before her planned wedding.
Lancaster Opera House presents this Stephen Sachs comedy about a woman who finds a million-dollar painting at a thrift store. Inspired by true events.
Alleyway closes its 28th feast of short plays, this year featuring all local playwrights and a host of world premieres.
Desde el Puente
The musical version of this short play festival takes its final bow.
New Phoenix closes the curtain on this two-hander with Lisa Ludwig and John Profeta.
Say good night sweet prince to this Shakespearean classic at Irish Classical Theatre Company.
This political thriller ends its run at Kavinoky.
The Undeniable Sound of Right Now
It’s 1992, and gentrification has hit bar owner Hank with higher rents and new fads in fashion and music. Last chance to see if Hank saves his bar.
Give a final salute to the all-female version of this musical.
Late in the Evening
MusicalFare closes its world premiere of this story told in Paul Simon songs.
Lancaster Opera House ends this short run.
This world premiere finishes at American Repertory Theater of Western New York.
The moving musical closes at Paul Robeson.
May 3, 7, 10, 11
One of the strangest family films of the 1980s features an unforgettable performance from David Bowie and puppets by Jim Henson.
7:30 p.m. at the Screening Room
(880 Alberta Dive., Amherst)
The Roycroft Film Society presents a 2007 romantic comedy set in a beauty salon in Beirut.
4 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary School
(141 Girard Avenue, East Aurora)
May 5, 8
The TCM Big Screen Series showcases John Wayne’s lone Oscar-winning performance to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary.
4 p.m. on May 5 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre
(3500 Main Street)
1 p.m. on May 5, noon and 7 p.m. on May 8, at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Rd., Williamsville)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Long before he won Oscars for directing Gravity and Roma, Alfonso Cuarón helmed this, the third Harry Potter film. It’s a fine pick to end the latest Buffalo Film Seminars series.
7 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre
(3500 Main Street)
The Old Chestnut Film Series continues its Henry Fonda series with Sidney Lumet’s Cold War drama.
7:30 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History
(3826 Main Street)
The Battle of Algiers
Cultivate Cinema Circle continues its year-long Post-Colonialisms: World Cinema and Human Consequence series with one of the strongest socio-political films ever made, from director Gillo Pontecorvo.
7 p.m. at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
(341 Delaware Avenue)
May 19, 21, 22
A stellar cast—Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts—leads another TCM Big Screen Series screening.
4 p.m. on May 19, 7 p.m. on May 21-22, at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Road, Williamsville)
May 20, 21
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Director Hayao Miyazaki’s exhilarating epic about brave Princess Nausicaä turns thirty-five this year.
Dubbed version: 7 p.m. on May 20; subtitled version: 7 p.m. on May 21, at the Regal Elmwood Center (2001 Elmwood Avenue) and Regal Transit Center (6707 Transit Road, Williamsville)
The AKAG’s Reel Talk film series screens Ava DuVernay’s stunning documentary exploring the criminalization of African Americans and the prison boom.
7:15 p.m. at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
(1285 Elmwood Avenue)
Celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic with a live performance by Rabbit Jaw, followed by the film itself.
Live show at 7 p.m., film at 8:30 p.m. at the Screening Room
(880 Alberta Drive, Amherst)
Thursday Night Terrors—Chopping Mall
Thursday Night Terrors goes shopping with a 1986 cult classic.
7:30 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre
(3500 Main Street)