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March is turning out to be quite the month for theatre! One man plays, a one woman musical, a murder mystery, a thriller, a farce, a musical comedy and a one act play festival: it’s all here for you this month. So let’s get right to it:

Opening on March 2nd is THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at The Kavinoky Theatre. This farce was a hit in London and continues to run in New York City. Second Generation presents the one man show, EVERY BRILLIANT THING, opening March 3rd at Shea’s Smith Theatre. It is described as “a life-affirming story of how to achieve hope through focusing on the smallest miracles of life.” That same night, ART opens in a student production at Niagara University. On March 9th THE BUFFALO QUICKIES one act play festival returns to the Alleyway Theatre for its 32nd year. That same week, on March 11th and 12th there will be three performances of I’M NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE at The Jewish Repertory Theatre. This is a touring production that is directed by TONY and EMMY award winner, Joe Mantegna. The following week on March 16th, the much anticipated All For One production of Agatha Christie’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS opens at Shea’s 710 Theatre. All For One is a collaboration of Irish Classical Theatre Company, MusicalFare Theatre, Road Less Traveled Productions, Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Theatre of Youth. The following week on March 22nd, the national touring company of BEETLEJUICE makes its way onto the Shea’s mainstage for one week of performances. Finally, Irish Classical Theatre Company’s production of THURGOOD, about the groundbreaking Supreme Court justice, opens at the end of the month on March 31st.

Productions that opened in February and continue into March include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TELL ME ON A SUNDAY at MusicalFare, running through March 19th and Lucas Hnath’s THE THIN PLACE at Road Less Traveled Productions, continuing until March 26th. Finally, for a bit of an April preview, A FOOL FOR LOVE, a cabaret featuring the award winning vocalist Katy Miner and Jack Kreuzer backed by a killer trio of musicians, plays the Premier Cabaret at MusicalFare for one night only on April 1st.

The weather seems to be improving (fingers crossed!) and the theatre is only getting more interesting. Get out of the house and see a show!

Randall Kramer is the Artistic and Executive Director of MusicalFare Theatre, a Past President of the Boards of Arts Services Initiative and the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo, and a steering committee member of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance.