It's a week for revues
09:06 AM, Oct 28, 2013
This week’s theater openings include three revues that feature three distinctly different types of music.
In the Mood is a tribute to 1940s big band music. The national touring show comes to the Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St., for one day only, with shows at 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday. In a local connection, former Rochesterian Laura LaCara is one of the ensemble of singers taking turns leading the music. Tickets are $29.50 to $68.50 and available at the theater box office, (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Take Me Home at Downstairs Cabaret, 20 Windsor St., is a salute to the 1970s and ’80s with music by Journey, Stevie Nicks, Donna Summer and more. It opens at 8 p.m. Friday and also has a show this week at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $26 to $33 and available at (585) 325-4370 or downstairscabaret.com.
Downstairs Cabaret this week opened Good Rockin’ Live: A Salute to Sun Records celebrating the day Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash played together in 1956. Performances are at 3 p.m. today and next Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $23 to $33.
Other theater openings this week:
The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Pirates of Penzance, presented by the Off-Monroe Players from Friday through Nov. 10 at Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner St. It’s free, though reservations are recommended. Call (585) 232-5570 or go to off-monroeplayers.org.
Swimming To …, a show presented by John W. Borek about suicide. No one under 18 will be admitted to the free show at 1 p.m. Saturday at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave. Call (585) 244-0960 or go to MuCCC.org.
The Devoted Disciples is a gospel drama, locally written by Robert Djed Snead and directed by Curtis K. Rivers, at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Wilson Foundation Academy, 200 Genesee St. Tickets are $20 ($15 in advance) and available at Mood Maker Books, (585) 748-7727 or brownpapertickets.com.
Geva Theatre Center’s Festival of New Theatre continues this week with several shows. At 8 p.m. Monday will be script-in-hand readings of excerpts from newly written plays that are part of Geva’s season, including Deborah Zoe Laufer’s All Your Questions Answered and John Cariani’s Last Gas. Cariani’s latest play, Love/Sick, will get a reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the “Rochester Bake-Off,” in which several playwrights were given a few days and the same parameters to create a new work about Rochester. They will be performed at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The script-in-hand performances will be in Nextstage, 75 Woodbury Blvd. They are free, but reservations are required. For more about the festival, call (585) 232-4382 or go to gevatheatre.org.