Mainstage 2013

Little Shop of Horrors

Book by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
May 2-4; 9-12; 16-18

Right out of the gate, a deliciously camp and gleefully entertaining MUSICAL! Featuring: A not-your-garden-variety houseplant (with a man-eating appetite) named AudreyII; Seymour, a nerdy, lovesick, skid row flower shop clerk and killer doo-wop tunes in one of the most entertaining scores ever written. A delightfully twisted romp though the clichés of schlock B-horror movies and pop music but, fair warning: DO NOT FEED THE PLANTS.

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Miracle on South Division Street

by Tom Dudzick
May 23-25; 30-June 2; June 6-8

As we all did in Mr. Dudzick’s enormously popular Over the Tavern, you will fall in love with the characters in his newest comedy. In a working class Buffalo neighborhood, family matriarch, Clara, tends to the care of the treasured family heirloom— a twenty foot shrine of the Blessed Mother that adjoins her home commemorating the day in 1942 when the Virgin Mary materialized in her father’s barbershop. When Clara’s grown actress daughter unveils her plan to launch a one-woman show highlighting the family miracle, suddenly, a deathbed confession is revealed, and the family legend is unraveled prompting heartfelt and hilarious results.

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by A.R. Gurney
June 13-15; 20-23; 27-29

What happens when a street-smart mixture of Lab and poodle with a dog tag reading “Sylvia” follows Greg home, into the midst of his midlife crisis? You’ve got a love triangle with a hilarious twist: MAN, WIFE….DOG?! Come. Sit. Laugh. It’s arf-fully funny. Please note: Adult language used, mostly, by the canine.

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by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West
July 3-6; 11-14; 18-20

When entrusting the subject of motherhood to such a dazzling ensemble of American writers, what results is a joyous, moving and hilarious play. Utterly unpredictable, it shatters traditional notions about parenthood, reveals its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply, personal truths that span and unite generations. If you are a mom, step mom, foster mom–or someone in between; a grandma, father, adult son or daughter–bring your own tissues but be ready to laugh out loud! Adult language advisory.

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Italian American Reconciliation

by John Patrick Shanley
July 25-27; August 1-4; 8-10

What happens when Huey Maximilian Bonfigliano makes up his mind to woo his ex-wife, Janice, a woman who once shot his dog and even took a bead on him? Lifelong buddy and confirmed bachelor, Aldo Scalicki, is sent to Janice to plead Huey’s case in a moonlit balcony scene hilariously reminiscent of Cyrano de Bergerac. “Bathed in the same moonlit madness that gave Shanley’s ‘Moonstruck’ screenplay its savor and flavor…”

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Crimes of the Heart

by Beth Henley
August 15-17; 22-25; 29-31

The McGrath sisters are having a very bad day, even for good, eccentric Southern women. How bad? It’s Lenny’s 30th birthday and no one remembers; wild-sister Meg has just returned from Hollywood, the looney bin, and her stalled singing career; and kid sister, Babe, is out on bail after shooting her husband in the stomach (because she didn’t like his looks.) A daffy, touching Pulitzer-Prize winning comedy welcomed back to our stage for the third time.

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Is He Dead?

by Mark Twain Adapted by David Ives
September 5-7, 12-15, 19-21

What’s a young Parisian painter of genius to do when his work isn’t selling, and he is deeply in debt to a villainous art dealer—a scoundrel who is also chasing the woman that he loves? Well, he fakes his own death for a start, and then passes himself off as his own twin sister! We are THRILLED to present this farce-paced, merry comedy, a recently discovered work by the comic master, Mark Twain. “I don’t know when I’ve heard a New York audience laugh louder or longer.” (The Wall Street Journal)

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by Rupert Holmes
September 26-28; October 3-5; 10-12

Twice as clever as any thriller we’ve read in ages! “The comedy thriller of all comedy thrillers—the standard by which the genre should be set”! (LA Theatre & Entertainment Review) That’s high praise, and well-deserved. The play begins as a conventional British thriller with a wife and her lover who are plotting to murder her stuffy husband. The murder ensues…but then the husband reappears, very much alive. The first unexpected twist in an evening of astonishing surprises.

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God of Carnage

by Yasmina Reza
October 17-19; 24-26;30, November 1-2

No doubt you’ll recognize this title. It’s a triple-Tony Award winning Broadway smash-hit-comedy—a comedy of manners without the manners. Two pairs of parents meet to discuss (in such a civilized manner) a fight their young sons have had on the playground. Before long, the parents release their own inner-childishness, and the meeting devolves into laugh-out-loud, unbridled chaos. Adult language advisory.

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The Curious Savage

by John Patrick
November 7-9; 14-16; 21-23

Bravo! Affection and generosity of spirit triumph! In this American chestnut, a charming and very wealthy eccentric named Mrs. Savage has some surprises in store for her eager, fortune-hungry adult children. What are Mrs. Savage’s plans to distribute their multi-million dollar inheritance?

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Mrs Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge

by Christopher Durang
November 27, 29, 30-December 5-7; 12-14

Long-suffering Mrs. Cratchit has had it with Bob and their brood of whiny urchins! Bob’s boss, Ebenezer, keeps showing up, uninvited, with a ghost companion (of Christmases Past, Present and Future) who is definitely missing her mojo. During the hectic Christmas holidays, what’s a harried housewife to do? This utterly silly and rollicking parody of everybody’s favorite Dickens’ classic should draw belly laughs from even the stodgiest Scrooge.

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