Past Shows

Anatol
The Apollo of Bellac
The Madman and the Nun
Suburban Motel
The Firebugs
Modigliani
Meat
Sophistry
Salomé
Out at Sea
The Froegle Dictum
Incident at Vichy
Final Judgement
Hope on the Range


Anatol
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(April - May of 2001)
Critics' Choices: Backstage West, Santa Monica Mirror
Pick of the Week: LA Weekly
Author: Authur Schnitzler
Director: Jessica Kubzansky
Cast Kevin Weisman - Anatol
Ron Garcia - Max
Alanna Flanagan - Cora
Beth Kennedy - Gabriele
AnnaLea Rawicz - Bianca
Kara Zediker - Emilie
Renee Ridgeley - Annie
Merrin Dungey - Else
Laurel Moglen - Ilona
Evan Arnold - Franz
Eric Teplitz - Man on the Street

Costume Design - Lisa Wujick
Lighting Design - Craig Pierce
Secenic Design - Karen Torell Falkner
Original Music and Sound Design - Steve Goodie
Properties - Jami Rudofsky

Production Stage Manager: Christina Mitchell

Staged at: The Powerhouse Theater, Santa Monica, CA
Reviews

BACK STAGE WEST
"Director Jessica Kubzansky's dazzlingly elegant, imaginative, yet thought-provokingly cynical Buffalo Nights Theatre Company's production of Schnitzler's romantic comedy is beguilingly colorful, and the crispness of the presentation is neatly juxtaposed with rich psychological awareness and an attention to character detail. The acting is superb. Weisman offers a complex and powerfully nuanced performance, as he segues through a startling number of different archetypal situation..." - Paul Birchall

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Apollo of Bellac
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(April-June of 2000)
Critics' Choices: LA Times, Hollywood Reporter, NPR, Backstage West, Santa Monica Mirror
Pick of the Week: LA Weekly
Author: Jean Giraudoux
Director: J.M. Higgins
Cast Michael Goorjian - The Man
Karen Tucker - Anges
Evan Arnold - Clerk
Beth Kennedy - Wife
Kevin Weisman - Vice President
Gibson Frazier - President
Lorin Shapiro - Chevredent
Brian Flora - Mr. Cracheton
Andy Milder- Mr. Lepedura
Greg Palmer - Mr. Rasmutte
Brian Watt - Chairman of the Board

Costume Design - Dick Magnanti
Lighting Design - Craig Pierce
Set Design - Kristen McCarron
Sound Design - Jason Duplissea
Stage Management: Jami Rudofsky, Sarah Hutchinson, Christina Mitchell
Staged at: The Powerhouse Theater, Santa Monica
Reviews

LA WEEKLY - Pick of the Week
"strong ensemble...J.M. Higgins' smart staging, with its striking use of shadows, emphasizes the comedy without underplaying Giraudoux's more serious inquiry into the meaning of happiness"

CRITICS' CHOICE
"J.M. Higgins' perfect staging for Buffalo Nights Theatre Company evokes the wit, insight and poetic virtuosity in this stylish parable"

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"unfailingly lively, playful and a pleasure to watch."

CRITICS' CHOICE
"A tasty vegetable...Giraudoux's classic farce punctures pomposity with style and flair"

LA TIMES
"witty, playful, charming and adroit...a wondrous journey indeed!"

CRITICS' CHOICE
"What's not to like about the spry, imaginative, tres jolie staging of this frothy confection? Executed with comic flair, vivacity, and a shrewd eye for atmospheric detail, Apollo delights with its inventive, near-acrobatic stagecraft, perfectly balanced whimsy, and crisp timing."
"...here you have a production which consistently captivates and enchants!"

BACK STAGE WEST
"Karen Tucker is entirely captivating...Michael Goorjian's spooky Svengali is both hilarious and unexpectedly awe-inspiring..."

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The Madman and the Nun
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(April-June of 1999)
Critics' Choices: Backstage West, La Opinion, KCRW
Recommended: LA Times, LA Weekly
Author: Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
Direction and Adaptation: Ron Campbell
Cast Maury Sterling - Alexander Walpurg
Renée Ridgeley - Sister Anna
Beth Kennedy - Sister Barbara
Lorin Shapiro - Dr. Jan Bidello
Jeff Maynard - Dr. Ephriam Grun
Evan Arnold - Professor Ernest Waldorf
Ron Garcia - Alfred
Kevin Weisman - Paphnutius
Rebecca Byrkit - Nurse Algolania

Scenic and Lighting Design - Dan Ernshaw
Costume Design - Dick Magnanti
Original Music and Sound Design - Hoagie K. Hill
Properties - Jennifer Land & Diana Georger
Stage Management - Jami Rudofsky, Dalia Vosylius, Andrew Charles
Staged at: The Powerhouse Theater, Santa Monica
Quotes:

BACK STAGE WEST gave the show a resounding CRITICS' CHOICE:
"...by all means rush down to the Powerhouse Theatre, where the brash, edgy Buffalo Nights Theatre Company is attacking Witkiewicz's startlingly original play... it's audacious sensual, and yet utterly intellectual"
"...This is one show not to be missed."

The LOS ANGELES TIMES recommended our show:
"a witty, macabre new adaptation, which mines gold from this absurdest psychodrama...Their unconventional assault is the theatrical equivalent of electroshock treatment-only far more enjoyable."

The LA WEEKLY also recommended our show:
"The cast attacks the text with gusto...evocative music and imaginative sound design"

The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER raved:
"...part Theatre of the Absurd, part flamboyance and fury and part Marx Brothers mayhem..."
"...a world recalling the tortured vision of Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown'"

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Suburban Motel:
Featuring Loretta, Problem Child
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(Feb-March of 1998)
Critics' Choices: Backstage West, La Opinion, KCRW
Recommended: LA Times, LA Weekly
Author: George F. Walker
Director: Rob Kramer
Cast Evan Arnold
Diana Georger
Brian Kite
Jeff Maynard
Kevin Weisman
Khrystyne Haje
Maggie Welsh
Kara Zediker
Staged at: The Falcon Theatre, Burbank
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The Firebugs
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(March of 1997)
Critics' Choices: Drama-Logue, Backstage West, The Santa Monica Outlook
Recommended: LA Weekly
Author: Max Frisch translated by Michael Bullock
Director: Chris Beach
Cast Steven M. Porter
Maury Sterling
Kevin Weisman
Lorin Shapiro
Renée Ridgeley
Ernie Davis
Laurel Moglen
Jason Reed
Beth Kennedy
Gibson Frazier
Evan Arnold
Brian Kite
Staged at: The Powerhouse Theater, Santa Monica
Quotes:

DRAMA-LOGUE
"... a solid production of a challenging show, incredibly well done by a talented company that continues to take on difficult material with commitment and flair."

BACK STAGE WEST
"full of imaginative visual touches that demonstrate the cast's astute sense of humor..."

THE SANTA MONICA OUTLOOK
"...a stylish, inventive and sizzling production."

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Modigliani
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(May of 1996)
Winner: LA WEEKLY Award, Revival Production of the Year & Best Director - Ron Morasco
Critics' Choices: Drama-Logue, Back Stage West, LA Times
Author: Dennis McIntyre
Director: Ron Marasco
Cast Ron Garcia
Michael Goorjian
Ethan Lipton
Ron Morasco
Renée Ridgeley
Nelly Ruiz
Maury Sterling
Staged at: The Lost Studio, Los Angeles
Quotes:

LA WEEKLY
" ...a masterful, impassioned, fine crafted piece of work..."

Reviews: LA Weekly
Los Angeles Times
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Meat
(World Premiere, 1996)
Winner: Drama-Logue Award, Best Director - Steve Chabon
Pick of the Week: LA Weekly, American Radio Network
Critics' Choices: Drama-Logue, Back Stage West
Best of the Weekend: LA Times
Author: Ethan Lipton (BNTC resident playwright)
Director: Steve Chabon
Cast Gibson Frazier
Jodi Johnson
Laurel Moglen
Evie Peck
Maury Sterling
Julie Ann Taylor
Staged at: The Powerhouse Theatre, Santa Monica
Quotes:

LOS ANGELES TIMES
"... an ingenious little fable ... full of bright funny performances."

DRAMA-LOGUE
"This young company continues to strive toward excellence."

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Sophistry
(1995)
Recommended: Drama- LA Times Weekly
Author: Jonathan Marc Sherman
Director: Gibson Frazier
Cast Dorie Barton
Michael Goorjian
Jeff Maynard
Ron Marasco
Lisa Rotondi
Marco Sanchez
Dani Thompson
Kevin Weisman
Staged at: The Lost Studio, Los Angeles
Quotes:

DRAMA-LOGUE
"Directed by Gibson Frazier, the eight member-ensemble play off of each other with energy and good timing. Strongly convincing portrayals ..."

LA WEEKLY
"A robust ensemble..."

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Salomé
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(1995)
Pick of the Week: LA Village View, LA Frontiers Magazine
Critics' Choices: Back Stage West
Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Howard Teichman
Cast David Al-Attiyah
Evan Arnold
Sydney Bennet
Evelyn Celic
Steve Chabon
Gibson Frazier
Kimberley Furst
Brian Kite
David Paul Needles
Renée Ridgeley
Sammie Wayne, IV
Kevin Weisman

Choreographer - Michael Goorjian
Staged at: 2nd Stage Theatre, Hollywood
Quotes:

DRAMA-LOGUE
"... this free wheeling expression of Oscar Wilde's classic, the result is something to see and savor, something Wilde and wonderful."

BACK STAGE WEST
"Energy seems to permeate the play, and Howard Teichman's over-the-top direction provides it with a vibrant power that lasts throughout ... Salome is both spirited and captivating."

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Out at Sea
(Staged with "The Froegle Dictum")
(1994)
Pick of the Week: LA Reader
Critics' Choices: LA Weekly
Author: Slawomir Mrozek
Director: Matt Walker
Cast Steve Chabon
Gibson Frazier
Maury Sterling
Staged at: The Complex, Theatre Row, Hollywood
Quotes:

LA READER
"It is such a complete joy that it's impossible to imagine a better mounting ... crisp direction from beginning to end ... witty, imaginative."

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The Froegle Dictum
(Staged with "Out at Sea")
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(1994)
Pick of the Week: LA Reader
Recommended: LA Weekly
Author: Mark Medoff
Director: Jason Duplissea
Cast Amy Bass
Renée Ridgeley
Doug Shaffer
Kevin Weisman
Staged at: The Complex, Theatre Row, Hollywood
Quotes:

DRAMA-LOGUE
"This black comedy will be your cup of tea ... the UCLA grads in this group are clearly developing their skills while maintaining their idealism. More power to them."

LA WEEKLY
"Two unbelievably funny and absurd one-acts by an up and coming young group."

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Incident at Vichy
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(1993)
Pick of the Week: LA Village View
Critics' Choice: LA Reader
Author: Arthur Miller
Director: Rob Kramer
Cast Steve Chabon
Gibson Frazier
Brian Fessenden
Ron Garcia
Gary Gardner
Jordan Leigh Gurner
Jim Habif
Brian Kite
Jeff Maynard
Maury Sterling
Kevin Weisman
Staged at: The Complex, Theatre Row, Hollywood
Quotes:

LA VILLAGE VIEW
"This superb production by Buffalo Nights Theatre Company reaffirms the talents of this invigorating group, recently formed by UCLA students...Director Rob Kramer is equal to the task of orchestrating Miller's gripping tale, as is the solid cast of actors."

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Final Judgement
(1993)
Recommended: LA Weekly
Author: Corey P. Mandell
Director: Jeff Maynard
Cast Mindy Crist
Gibson Frazier
Ildy Modrovich
Maury Sterling
Staged at: The Complex Theatre Row, Hollywood
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Hope on the Range
(World Premiere, 1992, and second run, 1993)
Pick of the Week: LA Weekly
Author: Ethan Lipton (BNTC resident playwrite)
Director: Brian Kite
Cast Amy Bass
Michael Goorjian
Marco Sanchez
Kevin Weisman
Staged at: UCLA's Little Theatre and The Complex Theatre Row, Hollywood
Quotes:

LA WEEKLY
"Energetic, charming, funny, and fast, this new play by Ethan Lipton has the powerful cast to back up some pretty clever text."

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