During the second half of what has already been a remarkably eventful theater season, Western New York theatergoers will be able to see two quite different sides of the playwright Joe DiPietro.
The tamer of these two offerings will be the Kavinoky Theatre’s June production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” a musical romantic comedy that is the second-longest running show in off-Broadway theater history.
The more, ahem, uninhibited of the two is Buffalo United Artists’ production of the mostly unprintable “F------ Men,” a series of hormone-driven theatrical episodes that opens at 8 tonight in the BUA theater (119 Chippewa St.). The piece is based on the 1897 play “La Ronde,” by German playwright Arthur Schnitzler. Like its inspiration, DiPietro’s play focuses on the moments just before or after sexual encounters. (In an interview with the Guardian, DiPietro reassured audiences that no “actual shenanigans are seen on stage.”) Unlike its inspiration, DiPietro’s play is an exploration of the sexual mores of gay men in the early 20th century.
BUA’s production, directed by company founder Javier Bustillos, features Brant Adamczyk, Stephen Brachmann, Joey Bucheker, Richard Fanning, J.R. Finan, Jimi Konidis, Matthew Crehan Higgins, James Mikula, Michael Seitz and James Wild.
Tickets to the show, which runs through Feb. 23, are $15 to $25. Call 886-9239 or visit www.buffalobua.org.
– Colin Dabkowski