Theatre Preview with Buffalo Spree's Darwin McPherson

April 24, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 3:13 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

April 24, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 3:13 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW Release): The Kavinoky Theatre, a professional theatre on the campus of D’Youville College, is gearing up to unveil one of its most talked-about productions in years. Tracy Lett’s AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY opens on April 26 and runs a limited four-week engagement through May 19, 2013.

When their father goes missing, the huge, sprawling and completely dysfunctional family reunites and sparks fly. "Fiercely funny and bitingly sad," AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY promises to leave you "laughing and wondering, shuddering and smiling, long after the house lights come back on." Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.

The Kavinoky production includes a virtual "who's who" of Buffalo theatre: including Saul Elkin, Sheila McCarthy, Eileen Dugan, Tim Newell, Norman Sham, Kelli Bocock-Natale, Kristen Tripp-Kelley, Brian Riggs, Kelly Meg Brennan, Steve Jakiel, Steve Copps, Kay Kerimian, and Zoe Appler. The Kavinoky’s stellar design team has pulled out all the stops for this unbelievable dark comedy. David King’s three-story set, Brian and Chris Cavanagh’s lighting design, Tom Makar’s feverish sound design, and Dixon Reynolds’s costumes bring this play to life.

Performances for this four-week limited engagement (April 26 – May 19, 2013) will take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (There will not be an 7:00 p.m. performance on May 4.) The gala opening night performance will be held on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. and includes a catered wine reception with the cast following the performance. Tickets are $39.00 with discounts available to seniors, students, military, and groups. For tickets, call (716) 829-7668 or order fee-free at

APRIL 25 – MAY 19, 2013

BUFFALO, NY – Set in a squalid junk shop in Chicago’s dark underbelly in the ‘70’s, three small time crooks plot a risky caper to get a piece of the American dream, the heist of a valuable private coin collection. As their grandiose and misguided scheme starts to unravel, it spirals into chaos on a slippery slope of greed and betrayal. In American Buffalo, the 1977 Drama Desk winner for Outstanding New Play, Mamet’s searing dialogue fuels the burgeoning hostility, bringing the play to an explosive climax.

Director and ICTC Technical Director Brian Cavanagh brings a unique perspective to American Buffalo, saying of Mamet, “His language is my language. I grew up in this chaotic and sometimes very dangerous atmosphere.” He continued, “American Buffalo is a gritty look at inner city lives and ambitions. It’s raw. It’s real,” Cavanah concluded.

Under Cavanagh’s direction, American Buffalo stars Christian Brandjes as Don Dubrow, owner of Don’s Resale Shop; Brian Mysliwy, ARTIE Award winner as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for ICTC’s La Bête and The Servant of Two Masters, as Walter Cole, better known as Teach; and Jose Rivera as Bob, Don’s gopher.


Supporting the production are Production Stage Manager Renee Radzavich, Assistant Stage Manager Katie Mallinson, Technical Director and Lighting Designer Brian Cavanagh, Set Designer Ron Schwartz, Sound Designer Tom Makar, Costume Designer Kari Drozd and Hair and Make-up Susan Drozd.

Performances will take place at The Andrews Theatre, the home of the Irish Classical Theatre Company, 625 Main Street, Buffalo, Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, May 19. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30PM with matinees on Saturday at 3PM and Sunday at 2PM.

Ticket prices range from $34 to $42. Student tickets are available for just $15 with valid student ID. The first Saturday matinee performance of American Buffalo, April 27 is Pay As You Can.