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This April is a very interesting month for theatre. Almost all of the productions are either in the first week of the month or in the last week of the month. That’s because Easter is near the middle of the month and most theatres like to stay from the week before it. They also don’t like to run productions through Easter weekend and you won’t find any productions doing that this year. So, the month basically breaks down to shows that end their production run in the beginning of the month and ones that open near the end of the month.

The one show that actually opens in early April is AN ACT OF GOD at Shea’s Smith Theatre. It features the charming Joey Bucheker and runs for only four performances from April 5th through April 7th. Arthur Miller’s AFTER THE FALL, produced by Subversive Theatre in collaboration with Post-Industrial Productions, closes on April 6th. April 7th features three more closings: Paul Robeson’s THE SIDEWALK STAGEPLAY, Theatre of Youth’s (TOY) THE JUNGLE BOOK, and an adaption of George Orwell’s 1984 at the Kavinoky Theatre. The following weekend The Brazen Faced Varlet production of THE SECRETARY at Alleyway’s cabaret space closes on April 14th.

Opening April 24th at MusicalFare Theatre is the world premiere production of LATE IN THE EVENING: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PAUL SIMON. LATE IN THE EVENING is conceived by Michael Walline, with contributing artist Zak Ward, in association with MusicalFare. The following night, April 25th, features 1776 at O’Connell & Company. This production sports an all-female cast in this traditionally male dominated musical. April 26th has four separate openings with productions at The Kavinoky Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre Company, The New Phoenix Theatre and Road Less Traveled Productions. EQUIVOCATION at the Kav features the character of William Shakespeare and the subject of alternative facts, what’s not to like about that?! HAMLET at ICTC is, of course, by William Shakespeare and should be very interesting in their theatre in the round setting. ANNAPURRA is at the New Phoenix Theatre and promises to be “a breathtaking story about the longevity of love.” Finally, Laura Eason’s THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW has its regional premiere at RLTP in a production directed by David Oliver. The final opening in April is THE BOOK OF MORMON at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on April 30th. The production runs for a week into early May.

It really is a varied and exciting month of theatre. And, as a bonus, you get a week off around Easter. It will give you time to get out and enjoy our (fingers crossed…) spring weather. Enjoy!

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.