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I think the month of March will be remembered as one of the most exciting theatre months in the 2019-2020 season. There are some very anticipated projects opening and there are a great variety of plays, musicals and special engagements. So, let’s get right to it!

Opening on March 5th at Road Less Traveled Productions is the comedy HAND TO GOD. This regional premiere about a boy and his ridiculously lewd, profane and combative hand puppet, Tyrone, was originally going to open RLTP’s 2018 season but their forced move to a new space last season pushed it into this season. HAND TO GOD has entertained audiences all over the country since its hit Off Broadway and Broadway runs. The following night, March 6th, features three different openings: At the Kavinoky Theatre Paula Vogel’s INDECENT opens in a co-production with The Jewish Repertory Theatre. This highly anticipated regional premiere is a Tony Award winner (Best Director of a play.) There’s a world premiere at The Irish Classical Theatre where THE ONION GAME, a black comedy, opens the same night. Finally, at the New Phoenix Theatre, the drama KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN also begins its run. And, as if you don’t have enough to do for the first weekend in March, the BLUE MAN GROUP is at Shea’s Performing Arts Center from the 6th through the 8th. Following right on the heels of the BLUE MAN GROUP, the national tour of HELLO DOLLY lands at Shea’s Performing Arts Center from March 10 – 15th. On Thursday, March 12th another highly anticipated theatrical opening happens, this time at Shea’s 710, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME has its regional premiere in an All For One production. All For One is a collaboration of five local theatres: Irish Classical, MusicalFare, Road Less Traveled, Shea’s and Theatre of Youth and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT… is a fascinating theatrical experience that won a Tony Award for Best Play and is based on a best- selling book. On March 14th THE OUTSIDERS, directed by Chris Kelly, opens for a limited run at Theatre of Youth. That same weekend also features the return of THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LOST EPISODES at the Alleyway Theatre from March 12th – 15th. Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, THREE TALL WOMEN, opens at Shea’s Smith Theatre on March 20th in a Second Generation production. Finally, the ubiquitous RIVERDANCE returns once again to Shea’s Performing Arts Center from March 27th – 29th.

Productions that opened in February and continue into March include the critically acclaimed COOKIN AT THE COOKERY at MusicalFare through March 8th and the world premiere of SCOTCH AND MADNESS at The Alleyway Theatre through the 14th.

Wow – that’s a lot of really compelling theatre in March. You better get busy!

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