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It’s May and our 2021-2022 theatre season keeps chugging along. Thanks to the pandemic it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride since September, and we’ve even had some COVID related delays and cancellations lately, but overall things continue to move forward. Here’s a look at some new and continuing productions for you to see in May:

Opening on May 5th is MODERN ORTHODOX at The Jewish Repertory Theatre and THE OREGON TRAIL at The Alleyway Theatre. MODERN ORTHODOX is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Ben Jacobson, an Upper West Side financial consultant ready to propose to his long-time girlfriend Hannah, and Herschel Klein, an Orthodox diamond dealer tasked with selling Ben an engagement ring. How could anything possibly go wrong with that arrangement?! THE OREGON TRAIL is by the Emmy nominated writer of This is Us, Bekah Brunstetter, and is set in 1996 when a computer game called The Oregon Trail suddenly comes to life and whisks us back to 1848. On May 6th ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS opens at Brazen Faced Varlets and on May 10th, AINT TOO PROUD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS opens at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. AINT TOO PROUD tells the story of The Temptations and their journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography.

Productions that opened in April but continue a significant part of their run into May include JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, running through May 15th at the Lancaster Opera House. Three other productions run all the way until May 22nd: local playwright Donna Hoke’s world premiere adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN at Road Less Traveled Productions, PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS, an inventively dramatic tale of addiction, recovery, and everything that happens in between, at the Kavinoky Theatre, and the regional premiere of the off Broadway hit musical comedy, THE OTHER JOSH COHEN, at MusicalFare Theatre.

Lots of options for you this month: from the covered wagon travel of THE OREGON TRAIL to the Upper West Side of New York City (MODERN ORTHODOX), from a different take on Anton Chekhov (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS) to the toe tapping music of The Temptations (AINT TOO PROUD), from an Andrew Lloyd Webber early hit (JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT) to a recent off Broadway award winning musical comedy (THE OTHER JOSH COHEN), from a tale of addiction and recovery (PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS) to a new take on pure Americana (LITTLE WOMEN…NOW.)

So what are you waiting for? Get thee to the theatre!

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.