Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Announces 2018-2019 Three-Play Season

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By Ann Fink

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the professional Equity company in residence at the McAninch Arts Center, is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 season.

“Incredible critical response to our productions and the addition of two new ensemble members made the 2017-2018 season one of our most memorable yet,” BTE Artistic Director Connie Canaday Howard said. “We are building off that success with a new season reflecting the full spectrum of theater from entertaining comedy to thought-provoking drama while maintaining the connection to the heart our audiences have come to expect from BTE.”

BTE’s 2018-2019 three-play season includes “The Dingdong, or How the French Kiss,” a new adaptation by Mark Shanahan from “Le Dindon” by Georges Feydeau (Sept. 6 - Oct.7); “Defiance” by John Patrick Shanley (Jan. 31. - March 3); and “Miracle on South Division Street” by Tom Dudzick (May 2 - June 2).

In “The Dingdong, or How the French Kiss,” directed by BTE Artistic Director Connie Canaday Howard, five actors play 13 roles in this bubbly, fast-paced adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s classic. Opening the wrong door leads to mayhem, giggles and ultimately some unexpected understandings of a happy marriage. The New York Times hails it as “hilarious” and Front Row Center gives it a “Critic’s Pick - Best of the Year!”

Directed by BTE Ensemble Member Kurt Naebig, “Defiance” centers around a 1971 Marine Corps base that becomes a collision course over race, women and the exacting cost of doing the right thing. Variety calls it, “witty and thought-provoking” and the Wall Street Journal hails it as, “Spellbinding. I wouldn't have thought it possible, but John Patrick Shanley has followed up ‘Doubt,’ the best play of 2004-2005, with a play of identical quality."

Tom Dudzick's spirited comedy “Miracle on South Division Street,” directed by Steve Scott, unwinds a tale about believing in the powerful bonds that tie a family together. Ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop, a Brooklyn neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. Now daughter Ruth announces her plan to write and star in a one-woman show about the family miracle so the “whole world will know,” just as a deathbed confession brings the family legend into question. “Utterly delightful,” says Theatremania.com.

Tickets for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s 2018-2019 season are currently on sale by subscription only. Subscribers save 20 percent off of the regular ticket price of $40. To subscribe,call the MAC Box Office at (630) 942-4000. Tickets for individual performances go on sale in person at the Box Office, Saturday Aug. 4; online noon Sunday, Aug. 5; and by phone at noon Tuesday, Aug. 7. For more information, visit atthemac.org or call (630) 942-4000.

All BTE 2018-2019 season performances contain adult themes and language.

Buffalo Theatre Ensemble members include: Aly Amidei, Robert Jordan Bailey, BTE Associate Artistic Director Amelia Barrett, Bryan Burke, Robyn Coffin, Rebecca Cox, Lisa Dawn, Nick DuFloth, BTE Artistic Director Connie Canaday Howard, Jon Gantt, Christopher Kriz, Loretta Hauser, Michael W. Moon, Kurt Naebig, Laura Leonardo Ownby, Galen G. Ramsey, William “Sandy” Smillie, Kelli Walker and Norm Woodel.

Support for BTE is made possible through The DuPage Foundation and the Norm Woodel Inspiration Fund.

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