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Theater Talk: Anthony at the Tonys, fun but not a "Wild Party"

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FUN HOME, the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist, swept five Tony Awards this past Sunday in the musical category. In the play category, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME about a boy with Autism, also swept five. Both AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and the 2015 revival of THE KING AND I took home four Tony Awards.  Anthony attended the Actors Fund viewing party in LA, which is a chance to mingle with stars and support a good cause - The Actors Fund assists those working in theater, film, television, radio, music, dance, opera and circus who are in crisis. And then it was off to see Richard Maltby Jr. and (Buffalo born) David Shire's new musical WATERFALL at the Pasadena Playhouse.

THE WILD PARTY, a musical about theater people in crisis, presented by Second Generation Theatre, opened last night at The New Phoenix Theatre, where it runs through June 28. EMOTIONAL CREATURE, presented by Subversive Theatre Collective, as part of the Subversive Youth Series, opens tonight at the Manny Fried Playhouse and runs through June 20th . Continuing from last week, LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME, a play by Constance Cox adapted from the short story by Oscar Wilde, presented by The Irish Classical Theatre Company, runs through June 28.

Three suburban venues continue with shows through Father’s Day, June 21. FLOWERS IN THE DESERT, presented by Woodbox Theatre, is at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center while LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, presented by Rocking Horse Productions, continues at the Lancaster Opera House and SECRETS EVERY SMART TRAVELER SHOULD KNOW (The New Musical Comedy Revue), presented by Buffalo Chrysalis Theatre Company, is up at Hamburg’s Grange Theatre.  You have an extra week, through June 28th, to see I OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES, a comedy by Neil Simon, at Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre in Lancaster.

Brush off your folding aluminum chairs and brush up your Shakespeare with ROMEO AND JULIET, presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, June 18 through July 12, Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 at “Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park” near the Rose Garden.

Nickel City Opera presents Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (in Italian with English surtitles) fully staged at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, Friday June 26 at 7:30 and Sunday Jun 28 at 2:30. Where else can you eat popcorn and listen to Mozart?