'The Buffalo Play'

'The Buffalo Play'

April is the season of theater, it turns out, with four productions kicking off over the next three weeks. The Missoulian plans to cover each play as it premieres, but to prepare for the busy season, here’s an overview of the schedule:

“Assassins” (UM Theater Program) — The school’s 2018-19 season wraps up with this wild and somewhat controversial musical from Stephen Sondheim, profiling famous presidential assassins (or would-be assassins). The play probes their motivations and turns a mirror on America itself, questioning a country with so many high-profile killers. (Read a full preview here.)

Runs April 10-14 and 17-21 in the Masquer Theater at UM.

Tickets are available from the UM box office — call 243-4581 or order online at umt.edu/theatredance.

“Buffalo Play” (Between the Lines Theatre) — This original play is inspired by the tourists who, in 2016, “rescued” a “cold” bison calf in Yellowstone National Park by placing the calf in the back of their van. The calf was unable to reunite with its herd and had to be euthanized.

Set in a small jail outside the park and starring the dead calf, its mother and the “calfnapping” tourist, the play promises to probe the question, “What kind of an idiot puts a baby bison in the back of their car?”

The play is collaboration between independent troupes BetweenTheLines and the MT+NYC Collaborative. The Missoula run precedes a three-week stint in New York City, by the way.

The first show is April 13, then April 19-21 and 26-27 in the MASC Studio. Head to the BetweenTheLines Facebook page for more information.


“Room Service” (Montana Repertory Theatre) — Following up their car plays from last spring, the Montana Rep continues pushing boundaries for theatergoers, this time inviting the audience into a series of hotel rooms, each featuring a short play. There are five plays, each featuring two to four performers in the Campus Inn. Plays include “Unpacking” by Idris Goodwin and “Office Hours” by Mara Nelson-Greenberg.

Runs April 16-17 and 19-21. For information on the Rep's gala fundraiser on April 18, head to montanarep.org.

“Newsies” (Missoula Community Theatre) — This stage adaption of the cult-hit '90s musical (starring young Christian Bale) promises cute kids, catchy tunes and fun period costumes during its profile of the 1899 New York newsboys’ strike.

Runs April 25–May 12 in the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Go to mctinc.org for more information.