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Once again, the winter theatre season is hitting its stride in February. There are so many diverse plays and musicals for you to see! This is truly a great month to see theatre. Let’s get right to it:

Opening on February 2nd at Theatre of Youth (TOY) is TUCK EVERLASTING. The Tuck family has a secret – long ago, they drank from a forest spring; ever since, no one in the family has aged a bit. What will happen when someone from outside their family learns of their secret? On February 5th the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS opens for a week-long run at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. On Friday, February 7th The Jewish Repertory Theatre presents Lanford Wilson’s TALLEY’S FOLLY. This acclaimed work won both the 1980 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award as best play of the season. The seminal musical RAGTIME has its professional regional premiere at MusicalFare beginning on February 13th. RAGTIME is by the award winning writing team of Lynne Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with a book by the esteemed writer, Terrence McNally and is based on a novel by E.R. Doctorow. It won the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score and Book, both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score, and was hailed by TIME Magazine as "a triumph for the stage.” The following night at Shea’s 710 the Road Less Traveled Production of ALMOST, MAINE opens for a brief run. The very next night, Friday, February 15th, Torn Space presents the world premiere of THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE which is based on the 1976 film by John Cassavetes. That same night, the musical BABY, with music and lyrics by Richard Maltby and Buffalo born David Shire, opens for a three weekend run at the Lancaster Opera House. One final opening this month is MISS SAIGON at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on February 26th. This is a musical filled with spectacle, soaring music, and a cast of 42!

Productions that opened in January and continue into early February include SPAMALOT at The Kavinoky Theatre (closing February 3rd), NATIVE SON at the Paul Robeson Theatre, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Irish Classical Theatre, and THE ILLUSION at Road Less Traveled’s new Main Street Theatre (all closing on February 10th), the world premiere of TALES OF THE DRIVEN at Subversive Theatre which ends its run on February 23rd, and LOVE LETTERS at O’Connell & Company closing on February 24th.

February is once again a surprisingly fruitful month to see theatre. We’ve all again got used to winter driving and the cold by now so there’s no reason not go get out and enjoy some of the most exciting performances of the season. I know I’ll be there.

Randall Kramer is the Artistic and Executive Director of MusicalFare Theatre, the President of the Board of the Arts Services Initiative, a member of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance and a past President of the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo.