With the re-emergence of the sun after one of the worst winters in memory comes the Western New York theater scene’s annual spate of lighthearted productions. And not a moment too soon.
First out of the gate is MusicalFare Theatre’s production of Christopher Durang’s cheeky musical “Adrift in Macao,” which opens Wednesday in the company’s recently renovated digs at 4380 Main St. in Amherst. The show, set in the mythical version of the Chinese coastal city more evocative of American films from the early 20th century than actual Chinese culture, is a pastiche-driven story about a Western girl acquainting herself in amusing ways with an Eastern land. With characters named Rick Shaw (Ben Puglisi) and Tempura (Marc Sacco), this sendup of mid-century cinema is not going for sophisticated laughs.
MusicalFare’s production, starring Kelly Copps and Steve Copps, is directed by Randall Kramer. Following Wednesday’s opening, MusicalFare will hold a celebration for its new Premier Center Cabaret with a performance from singer Kerrykate Abel and pianist Chuck Basil.
Tickets are $42. Call 839-8540 or visit www.musicalfare.com.
– Colin Dabkowski