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Theater Talk: Arties are over, Tonys are up, ICTC opens tonight

The 25th Annual Artie Awards presentation last Monday night at 710 Main Theatre was a high energy non-stop romp featuring seven musical numbers with the original Buffalo casts, very funny ad-libs, not to mention lots of fabulous shoes and great hair.  The venue was a first for the Arties, but we hope not the last. 

Openings this evening include “Legally Blonde The Musical” at the Lancaster Opera House running through June 21, “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” presented by The Irish Classical Theatre Company running through June 28th, and “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know (The New Musical Comedy Revue) presented by Buffalo Chrysalis Theatre Company at the Grange Theatre in Hamburg.

In Canada, at Niagara-On-The-Lake, the Shaw Festival continues well into the fall with the following, not all of which have opened yet: “Sweet Charity,” “Pygmalion,” “Light Up the Sky,” “The Lady from the Sea,” “ Top Girls,” “The Twelve-Pound Look,” “ Peter and the Starcatcher,” “You Never Can Tell,” “ The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt,”  “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures,” and “The Next Whisky Bar- A Kurt Weill Cabaret.”

Closing in Buffalo this weekend are “The Book of Mormon” (the touring production of the Broadway musical) at Shea’s with a last performance Sunday at 7pm, “The Glass Menagerie” at East Aurora’s Roycroft Pavilion with a final performance Sunday at 2:30, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” presented by O’Connell & Company at The Park School in Snyder, “Tally’s Folley” presented by Red Thread Theatre with a final performance Sunday at 2pm, and “Winnie the Pooh – The House at Pooh Corner” presented by Theatre of Youth at the Allendale Theatre  through Sunday at 2.

Two special presentations include “F.B.E. (Family Before Everything)” presented by Alemaedae Theater at the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex at 1670 Main Street (602-6253) for one night only, including dinner, on Sunday afternoon July 7th. And, speaking of dinner, Neil Simon’s “I Ought to be in Pictures” is at Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre through June 28th.  

Looking down the road to next Thursday, June 11th, Second Generation Theatre presents a musical – “The Wild Party” - at the New Phoenix Theatre.

Listen for Theater Talk, Friday morning at 6:45 and 8:45 during Morning Edition.