THEATER

 

Angels in America image by Mark Duggan Photography

Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches runs March 8-24 at Shea's Smith Theatre.

 

Productions of this groundbreaking show are rare, but the recent Tony-winning Broadway revival has put it back in the forefront of American theater—and with good reason. “Most people know Angels in America as a play about AIDS, which it certainly is and was groundbreaking largely for that reason, but, in addition, it explores turbulent political times with Reaganism and McCarthyism, religion, climate change, all topics still on the minds and hearts of people in America today,” explains Second Generation Theatre executive director Kristin Bentley, who plays Harper in the production. “It is a deeply American story of very real relationships navigating hardships and is hysterically funny and heartbreaking at the same time. It challenges both the actors and the audience.

 

I don’t really need to sell you on why you might want to experience Tony Kushner’s modern masterpiece, but if its history and pedigree aren’t enough, consider direction by Greg Natale and the A-list cast, which includes the outstanding Ben Michael Moran and David Oliver as leads Prior and Roy Cohn. Second Generation’s season opener, Big Fish, showed what they were capable of at their new Smith Theatre home; the bar is set, and they will no doubt meet it with Angels in America.

—Donna Hoke

 


 

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March 1–23

King John

At New Phoenix Theatre

newphoenixtheatre.org, 853-1334

 

Closing March 2

Bridge of Roses

At Alleyway Theatre

alleyway.com, 852-2600

 

March 1–24

Frost/Nixon

At Irish Classical Theatre Company

irishclassicaltheatre.com, 853-4282

 

March 8–31

Between Riverside and Crazy

At Road Less Traveled Productions

roadlesstraveledproductions.org, 629-3069

 

Opening March 8

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

At Buffalo United Artists

buffalobua.org, 886-9239

 

March 8–24

Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches

A Second Generation Theatre production at Shea’s Smith Theatre

secondgenerationtheatre.com, 508-8486

 

March 14–24

Million Dollar Quartet

A MusicalFare production at Shea’s 710 Main

 

March 14–April 6

After the Fall

At Subversive Theatre Collective

subversivetheatre.org, 462-5549

 

March 15–April 7

George Orwell's 1984

At Kavinoky Theatre

kavinokytheatre.com, 829-7668

 

The Sidewalk Stageplay

At the Paul Robeson Theatre

aaccbuffalo.org, 884-2013

 

March 16–April 7

The Jungle Book

At Theatre of Youth

theatreofyouth.org, 884-4400

 

Closing March 17

Ragtime

A world premiere at MusicalFare Theatre

musicalfare.com, 839-8540

 

March 21–April 13

Parade

At American Repertory Theater

artofwny.org, 716-634-1102

 

March 26–31

Rent

At Shea’s Performing Art Center

sheas.org, 847-0850

 

Closing March 26

Miss Saigon

At Shea’s Performing Art Center

sheas.org, 847-0850

 

March 29–April 14

The Secretary

At Brazen-Faced Varlets

varlets.org, l_haberberger@yahoo.com

 

March 30

Edward Albee’s Occupant

Buffalo actors Christina Rausa and Daniel St. Francis star in this biographical drama about Louise Nevelson by Suitcase Productions at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

burchfieldpenney.org, 878-6011

 

 

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