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HI count 14 productions running in February! And I'm sure there are some that I haven't covered. What a great time to see some great theatre. And here it is:

Productions that opened in January and continue into February include THE BOY AT THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING which closes at Theatre of Youth (TOY) on February 4th. Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning drama, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, at Subversive Theatre has its final performance on February 10th. February 11th features the closing of four different productions that opened in January: the comic AN ACT OF GOD at O'Connell & Company, the regional premiere of the futuristic mystery THE NETHER at Road Less Traveled Productions, the powerful SKELETON CREW by Dominique Morisseau at The Paul Robeson Theatre at The African American Cultural Center, and Somerset Maugham's classic comedy THE CONSTANT WIFE at Irish Classical Theatre Company. These six shows are truly as diverse a line-up of productions as you're going to find: classic and contemporary comedies, teenage drama, contemporary dramas and a futuristic mystery.

Productions opening in February are plentiful and varied. February 1st is the opening of Martin Sherman's ROSE at Jewish Repertory Theatre starring Tina Rausa. February 2nd is the first performance of WAY BACK WHEN: AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS by Grant Golden and Rebecca Ritchie at New Phoenix Theatre. The national tour of WAITRESS, with music and lyrics by contemporary songwriter Sara Bareilles, begins its one week run at Shea's Performing Arts Center on February 6th. The following night, February 7th, is the opening of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ: THE SONGS OF LIEBER AND STOLLER at MusicalFare Theatre. The Lancaster Opera House production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK ushers in on February 9th. You'll notice I specifically wrote "The Lancaster Opera House Production…" This is an important distinction to be made as the Opera House often hosts amateur theatrical troupes on its stage. When it self-produces the quality of its productions tend to be at a higher level. The acclaimed Shaw Festival production of Athol Fugard's drama MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS has a four performance run at Shea's 710 Theatre beginning February 15th. That same night the Alleyway Theatre produces the world premiere of BEGINNING AGAIN by David Alan Brown. The next night, February 16th, at Torn Space Theatre, acclaimed experimental playwright Caryl Churchill's FAR AWAY begins its run.

Cabaret performances this month at the Premier Cabaret include the February 3rd return of LET CHI ENTERTAIN YOU, starring Charmagne Chi and Joe Donahue (tickets only available for the 10 pm show), and the February 28th one-night only performance of HOMECOMING: DREW FORNAROLA & FRIENDS. Drew Fornarola is a Buffalo native and New York city based writer, composer and performer who has headlined at Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre and Feinstein's 54 Below in the Big Apple. He will be teaming up with local performers to present an evening of his songs, comedy and storytelling.

Who knew February was such a great theatre month?!!

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.