Theater Review: “The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives/The Darker Side” at Shea’s Smith Theatre

January 20, 2019

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives/The Darker Side at the Smith Theatre has all of the right ingredients to make you laugh the night away.  Mary Kate O’Connell and Pamela Rose Mangus star in this sensational show as Kathy & Moe and allow theater-goers to experience why they are known to be the Divas of WNY theater.

The show opens with O’Connell and Mangus, two Supreme Beings, who plan the beginning of the world. Once they’ve decided on the color scheme of the races in this world, they are a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color.  Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Mangus and O’Connell decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the show is filled with comic segments that nicely blend into one another. This Buffalo audience is whisked through the outrageously funny shenanigans of Kathy and Mo, where these multiple Artie award winning actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother’s funeral, a cowboy trying to pick up a woman in a country-western bar (my favorite segment of all).

Yes, the stage is quite bare but these two actors allow the stage to become alive by the depth of their portrayals. O’Connell and Mangus work great as a team and use every opportunity to send a message to the audience about difficult topics such as death, relationships, diversity and the right to choose. They are at their best when deep in character.

This dynamic duo is sure to entertain you and send light-hearted messages that make you think about life all night long.  Don’t miss your chance to see this side-splitting O’Connell & Company spectacular!


The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives/The Darker Side plays at the Shea’s Smith Theatre through January 27, 2019.

Tickets are available at :

or by calling 716-847-1410

Tickets are $30.00


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Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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