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November may be one of the busiest months for theatre I’ve seen in a long time. There are well over a dozen openings and a number of shows that continue their October runs into November. Here they are:

November 1st at Road Less Traveled Productions INTERROGATION ROOM, by local playwright Jon Elston, returns to their stage. This was one of the first plays RLTP ever produced and it was met with a very positive reaction from critics and audiences and won an Artvoice Theatre Award for Best New Play. Also opening on November 1st is the Buffalo United Artists (BUA) production of THE BOYS UPSTAIRS at the Alleyway Theatre. That same night (!), Starring Buffalo’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS begins its one weekend - three performance run at Shea’s 710 Theatre. Starring Buffalo is a new company that specializes in concert versions of musicals starring Broadway performers, Buffalo actors, and students from local high schools. The following week on November 5th and also at Shea’s 710, ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END begins its weeklong run. On November 8th, the long awaited Kavinoky Theatre production of HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD finally gets it opening night. You’ll remember that the Kav was already in rehearsal for MOCKINGBIRD… last spring when Broadway producer Scott Rudin suddenly pulled the rights, creating havoc for the theatre and forcing it to produce George Orwell’s 1984 instead. The following week on November 13th ELF: THE MUSICAL arrives at MusicalFare Theatre. Like last year’s MusicalFare holiday production of CHRISTMAS OVER THE TAVERN, tickets for ELF are going very quickly and you are encouraged to make your reservation while they’re still available. The national touring production of JERSEY BOYS returns to Shea’s Performing Arts Center for a three-day run beginning November 15th. On November 22nd, COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN! opens at New Phoenix Theatre. That same night MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: A LIVE RADIO PLAY opens at the Lancaster Opera House. And yes, a third production opens on November 22nd! A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES by Dylan Thomas ushers in at the Irish Classical Theatre Company for a holiday run. The following night, November 23rd, MANMADE EARTH has its regional premiere at Torn Space. The final weekend of the month features O’Connell & Company’s production of A CLOSER WITH PATSY CLINE at Shea’s Smith Theatre beginning on the 29th and on the 30th THE NUTCRACKER returns to Shea’s Performing Arts Center for two performances. This is the 12th year of this wonderful collaboration between Shea’s, The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Neglia Ballet. Kudos to these three organizations for creating a community tradition and classic.

Productions that opened in October and continue into November include THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Lancaster Opera House, Second Generation’s THE TOXIC AVENGER at Shea’s Smith Theatre, and OH MY GOD at Jewish Repertory Theatre.

I told you this was a busy month! Enjoy.

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.