Throughout the month of love, you’ll be infatuated with the offerings of Buffalo’s local theatre companies. From poignant productions honoring Black History Month to hilarious romps, all too familiar looks into our near technological future and maybe even a dash of romance, Buffalo’s talented casts and crews will have you entertained all month long. Here are the shows to see in February:
Master Harold and the Boys at Shea’s 710, 710 Main St, Buffalo
Set in 1950s Port Elizabeth, South Africa and first produced in 1982, the play was initially banned in South Africa and has since become an enduring, modern classic that continues to speak to inequality and injustice.
Playing February 15 to 18 – Tickets and showtimes at Shea’s 710 Theatre
Far Away at Torn Space Theatre, 612 Fillmore Ave, Buffalo
Caryl Churchill brings her minimalist sensibility to a future world where all people, animals, and natural elements have taken sides in a perpetual war. While the loyalties are fragile, the constants in this dark existence are fear, innocence, and the consistent work for the milliner.
Playing February 16 to March 11 – Tickets and showtimes at Torn Space Theatre
Rose at Jewish Repertory Theatre, 2640 North Forest Rd, Getzville
This story chronicles the life of a remarkable woman who traveled from a tiny Russian village to the Warsaw Ghetto, to a ship called The Exodus, and finally to the boardwalks of Atlantic City, the Arizona Canyons, and salsa-flavored nights in Miami Beach.
Playing until February 25 – Tickets and showtimes at Jewish Repertory Theatre
Smokey Joe’s Cafe at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St, Buffalo
Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll. Now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including such favorites as “Hound Dog,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me” and many more.
Playing February 7 to March 11– Tickets and showtimes at MusicalFare Theatre
Way Back When: An Evening of One Acts at New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park
An evening of one acts, written by local playwrights Grant Golden and Rebecca Ritchie, question faith in a funny and touchingly human way.
Playing until February 24 – Tickets and showtimes at New Phoenix Theatre
The Diary of Anne Frank at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave, Lancaster
In this new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination.
Playing February 9 to 18 – Tickets and showtimes at Lancaster Opera House
Beginning Again at Alleyway Theatre, 1 Curtain Up Alley, Buffalo
Roland has been kicked in the head and everything is going to be different now. But the murky corners of his love and loss can be cleansed with the abrasive power of light, insight and self-examination.
Playing February 15 to March 10 — Tickets & showtimes at Alleyway Theatre
Skeleton Crew at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave, Buffalo
At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers have to make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit cycle trilogy.
Playing until February 11 – Tickets and showtimes at Paul Robeson Theatre
Waitress at Shea’s, 646 Main St, Buffalo
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson and direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
Playing until February 11 – Tickets and showtimes at Shea’s
The Constant Wife at Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St, Buffalo
Maugham delights us with this celebrated comedy of manners. The Constant Wife explores the vicissitudes of married life with devastating satire and biting humor.
Playing until February 11 – Tickets and showtimes at Irish Classical Theatre
An Act of God at O’Connell & Company, 4625 Harlem Rd, Snyder
The King of the Universe is tackling His greatest challenge yet: Live theatre! God takes the form of local comic character actor, Joey Bucheker in this 90-minute comedy where the Almighty and His devoted Angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation.
Playing until February 11 – Tickets and showtimes at O’Connell & Company
The Nether at Road Less Traveled, 500 Pearl St, Buffalo
Sometime in the near future, the Internet has evolved into the “Nether”, a place where gender, age, identity, and truth are malleable, and your darkest desires and fears are all-too-obtainable.
Playing until February 11 – Tickets and showtimes at Road Less Traveled
How I Learned to Drive at Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo
Subversive Theatre is proud to revive this 20-year-old landmark work. Originally premiering at NYC’s Vinyard Theatre in 1998 with Mary Louise Parker in the lead role, this searingly honest play seems more relevant than ever in #metoo America.
Playing now until February 10 – Tickets and showtimes at Subversive Theatre Collective
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