Buffalo Theatre District opens season

Various shows begin their run in downtown Buffalo

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Image: Russell Wilson

Sarah Emmerling

BUFFALO, N.Y. – On Friday, Sept. 15, various directors, performers, and theatre-goers commemorated the opening of the Buffalo Theatre Season at Curtain Up, an outdoor celebration that takes place every year in the Theatre District. Attendees were able to see different shows at some of Buffalo’s wonderful theatres, many of which featured Niagara University graduates. Both students and adults are encouraged to catch these shows before they close and enjoy all the theatre that Buffalo has to offer.

Peter and the Starcatcher is playing at MusicalFare Theatre and features NU alumni Preston Williams and Renee Landrigan. It features direction by Chris Kelly and musical direction by Philip Farugia. The show is a prequel to Peter Pan, elaborating on the backstories of the beloved characters of Tinkerbell, Wendy, Hook, and The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. The show will run until Oct. 8.

Playing at the Kavinoky Theatre is The Producers, an acclaimed musical comedy. The show is about two Broadway producers who attempt to get rich by putting on a flop, which then backfires when the show becomes an unexpected hit. This hilarious musical features some well-known and catchy songs such as “We Can Do It”, “I Wanna Be a Producer”, and “Springtime for Hitler”. The show will run until Oct. 1 and features NU graduates Arianne Davidow and Heather Casseri.

The Irish Classical Theatre Company is showing Design For Living, a piece by Noel Coward. The show revolves around the unique characters of designer Gilda, playwright Leo, and painter Otto, who are all involved in a love triangle. The cast includes Adriano Gatto, an NU alumni and current theatre professor, as well as Anna Krempholtz, a recent graduate. It will run until Oct. 8.

The American Repertory Theatre of Western New York is now playing Roommates, which was written by local playwright Mark Humphrey. This show, featuring NU alumni Brett Klaczyk, is a world premiere. In the play, Paul is hiding out from Elliot, a gangster to whom he owes money. He is then forced to stay in the same apartment with Elliot’s sidekick Booke. This dark comedy will run until Sept. 23.

John, by Annie Baker, will play at Road Less Traveled Productions until Oct. 1. This drama takes place at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, PA. It depicts a young couple struggling to connect as they navigate through a strange house, with mysterious figures and creepy objects watching them.

There are several more shows playing in Buffalo, and more to open in the next few months. With all the variety, there is something for all ages. Students are urged not to miss out on all the extraordinary theatre being created and produced in this strong art district.