Buffalo’s remarkable theatre season officially kicks off this weekend with the annual celebration that is Curtain Up! Buffalo. Stretching a full block of Main Street in front of Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo’s historic Theatre District, this street party ushers in the spectacle and grandeur that come from our local production companies. And what a season it’s bound to be. Here are all of the jaw-dropping plays and performances to see in September:
Catch-22 at Subversive Theatre Collective, 255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo
Featuring a bizarre blend of sarcasm, farce, and Keystone Cops silliness amidst a whirlwind of death, betrayal, and destruction, Catch-22 offers audiences a beautiful way to laugh and cry at the evils of our world all at once.
Until Sept 28: Tickets and showtimes at Subversive Theatre Collective
Rumors at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave, Lancaster
Four society couples are invited to the home of the Deputy Mayor of New York to celebrate a wedding anniversary, only to have it go terribly wrong. As more people show up, confusions and miscommunications mount, and the evening spins off into classic Neil Simon farcical hilarity.
Until Sept 29: Tickets and showtimes at Lancaster Opera House
The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid at Road Less Traveled Productions, 456 Main St, Buffalo
Decades after the deed, Garrett is living out his life as “The Man Who Shot Billy the Kid”. Or is he? With creativity and skill, this tantalizing “what-if” scenario blends fact and fiction in a drama that is at times both funny and unnerving as it first questions and then deconstructs our personal and cultural mythmaking.
Until Oct 6: Tickets and showtimes at Road Less Traveled Productions
Hairspray at Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave, Buffalo
It’s 1962 in Baltimore and quirky, plus-sized, teenage Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and she wins a spot on Corny’s show. Overnight, Tracy transforms into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show.
Until Oct 6: Tickets and showtimes at Kavinoky Theatre
West Side Story at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St, Amherst
The music, the story, all of the classic elements that make up one of the most beloved musicals of all-time: West Side Story. MusicalFare’s production will be re-imagined for its intimate space, enabling audiences to experience the show as if seeing it for the very first time. This West Side Story will return it to its core as a young, desperate love story with its heart based in the streets.
Until Oct 6: Tickets and showtimes at MusicalFare Theatre
Mean Girls at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St, Buffalo
Direct from Broadway and opening the national tour in Buffalo, NY at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team; including book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock).
Sept 21 – 27: Tickets and showtimes at Shea’s
‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore at Irish Classical Theatre, 625 Main St, Buffalo
‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is a tale of forbidden love, deception and gruesome revenge that will provoke the mind and disquiet the heart as Annabella and Giovanni risk all by consummating their love in defiance of society, the law and the Church. In this world rife with corruption, greed and misogyny, who will bear the blame, and who will pay the price?
Sept 20 – Oct 13: Tickets and showtimes at Irish Classical Theatre
Broadway Legends: Gentlemen Prefer Divas at O’Connell & Company at Shea’s 710 Theatre, 710 Main St, Buffalo
This diva show has become a staple of the Buffalo theatre scene. Don’t miss it!
Sept 20: Tickets and showtimes at O’Connell & Company
Izzy! at New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo
A stellar multi-talented cast featuring the likes of Brett Klaczyk and Nathan Miller, musical direction by Don Jenczka and stage direction by Richard Lamber leads this musical revue.
Sept 20 – Oct 19: Tickets and showtimes at New Phoenix Theatre
Knock, Knock, Jesus Calling at Brazen-Faced Varlets, 415 Grant St, Buffalo
How do you survive growing up in an extreme religious household your lifestyle isn’t accepted by the church? Heather Fangrsud remembers, reminisces, and ruminates over growing up as a gay, Jehovah Witness. Just like Heather herself, this is a work in progress.
Sept 20 – Oct 6: Tickets and showtimes at Brazen-Faced Varlets
Ladies Swing The Blues at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave, Buffalo
Four jazz icons gather in the famed Jazz club Birdland in 1953 to celebrate the recent passing of one of the greatest jazz musicians Charlie Parker and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his premature death. Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald and the legendary Charlie Parker inhabit this musical journey chronicling the lives of the most influential music-makers of the 20th century.
Sept 20 – Oct 13: Tickets and showtimes at Paul Robeson Theatre
Pipeline at Ujima Theatre, 429 Plymouth St, Buffalo
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students, but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?
Sept 20 – Oct 13: Tickets and showtimes at Ujima Theatre
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