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Well, another Curtain Up! has come and gone. We had a terrific night for it on September 20th with temperatures in the 70s. The pre-show gala dinner was sold out and the after-party on Main Street was teeming with people late into the night. All is all, a great success!

One of the wonderful things about Curtain Up! is that there are so many productions that open in September and run into October. Add to these currently running shows the shows that open in October and there is a ton of theatre for you to see! I will act as your theatre concierge for this month and let you know how to navigate all of these choices.

First things first, you need to prioritize in early October productions that opened in September and will soon close. That means that for your first weekend in October you could see the final week of the world premiere of NAVIGATORS at the Alleyway Theatre, HAIRSPRAY at The Kavinoky Theatre, WEST SIDE STORY at MusicalFare (sorry, all tickets for the run are sold out), THE AUTHENTIC LIFE OF BIILLY THE KID at Road Less Traveled Productions, AND KNOCK, KNOCK, JESUS CALLING from Brazen-Face Varlets. The following weekend features the closing performances on October 13th of TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE at Irish Classical Theatre Company, Dominique Morriseau’s PIPELINE at Ujima Theatre Company, and LADIES SWING THE BLUES at the Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center. Finally, October 19th marks the final performance of IZZY! at The New Phoenix Theatre.

Productions that are opening in October include SUPERIOR DONUTS from Road Less Traveled Productions, beginning October 10th. SUPERIOR DONUTS will be performed at Shea’s 710 Theatre at 710 Main just a few blocks down Main Street from Road Less Traveled’s home theatre at 456 Main Street. (SUPERIOR DONUTS is the first production in an exciting season at Shea’s 710 Theatre. The rest of the season includes Tom Dudzick’s CHRISTMAS OVER THE TAVERN from December 5th – 22nd, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME from March 12th – 29th, 2020 and Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s BRIGHT STAR from May 7th – 17th, 2020.) Also opening on October 10th is O’Connell & Company’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN in their new home at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons. For younger theatergoers, PETE THE CAT – A NEW MUSICAL opens at Theatre of Youth On October 12th. The following weekend is highlighted by THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at the Lancaster Opera House, opening October 18th. The final weekend in October features the inaugural production in two respected theatre company’s 2019-2020 season: October 24th ushers in OH MY GOD at the Jewish Repertory Theatre and October 25th is THE TOXIC AVENGER from Second Generation Theatre Company in their residency at Shea’s Smith Theatre.

Whew! You’re going to be 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.