Curtain Up! 2022: Your Guide to the Kickoff to Buffalo’s Theatre Season

Culture & Arts, Event, Theater, Things to Do


Written by Step Out Staff

Published on August 31, 2022
Photo courtesy of CURTAIN UP! BUFFALO

Theatre lover’s it’s that time of year again…

The 41st annual celebration of the opening of Buffalo’s professional theatre season is officially back in person for the first time since 2019! If you’re headed downtown to take part in the all the fun events to kickstart the new season, here’s everything you need to know:


Vincent O’Neill Induction into the Plaza of Stars:

The Theatre District will kick off the week by inducting internationally acclaimed actor and director, Vincent O’Neill into the Plaza of Stars. The Dublin born actor was embraced by the Buffalo community when he and his brother performed here in 1985 and brought classic Irish plays, playwrights, and actors to the Buffalo Niagara region. As Artistic Director Emeritus he continues to lend his voice and passion to the Irish Classical Theatre Company.

Vincent’s star will be unveiled on Monday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The free street celebration will feature exciting performances and entertainment shining a spotlight on the theatre industry in WNY and supporting businesses passionate about the joy and magic of theatre.

Photo courtesy of CURTAIN UP! BUFFALO

The Curtain Up! 2022 Schedule:

Curtain Up! will be held on Friday, September 16 in Buffalo’s Theatre District. Fitting with the theme, the evening will be divided into two acts which will include a wide variety of shows, followed by free entertainment on the streets within the district.

Act ITheatre Performances

8:00 pm –Curtains rise simultaneously at all participating area theaters.

Act II – Free Street Party

10 pm -12:00 midnight –When the curtains fall, the free Theatre District street party goes into high gear. Free outdoor entertainment will feature a wide variety of music and specialty acts. The event will also include a range of food and drink options from participating restaurants and food trucks.


The Lineup Of Curtain Up! 2022 Theatrical Performances (Act I):



Photo courtesy of CURTAIN UP! BUFFALO

The Lineup Of Curtain Up! 2022 Street Party Free Entertainment (Act II):

Buffalo Comedy Collective – Improv in the Courtyard, Alleyway Courtyard, 1 Curtain Up Alley

Dot & Line – Explore #Moxie, thought provoking art installations all along Main Street

George Caldwell Quartet – Grammy-Winning jazz pianist inside the Alleyway Lobby

Griffin Kramer – Piano and sing along inside at Shea’s Bistro and Bar, 658 Main Street

The Jay/Sharptet -Outdoors at Plaza of Stars near Main and Tupper Streets

Mountains -Absurdist puppet theatre in Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, 617 Main Street

Tom Makar -Guitar singer songwriter/actor extraordinaire outside The Irish Classical, 625 Main Street

Zydeco – Laissez le bon temps rouler at the Bijou Grille, 643 Main Street

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Written by Step Out Staff

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