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Theater Talk: Young women excel in traditional male roles at Shakespeare in Delaware Park

We have one opening this weekend: Nickel City Opera presents THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, the story of the lecherous Count, the innocent Susanna, the wily Figaro, and the long suffering Countess. It’s at the Riviera Theatre, in a full production with professional singers and orchestra, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

ROMEO AND JULIET, Shakespeare's tragedy presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Tom Loughlin, with fights choreographed by Steve Vaughan, continues to spar with the rain, but weather permitting, runs through July 12, Tue-Sun at 7:30 on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park. With a good blend of seasoned Buffalo actors (Saul Elkin, Lisa Ludwig, Peter Palmisano, Eileen Dugan, Jerry Maher) and some energetic young folks, including  four women who excel in traditional male roles, including Maria Hasselback-Costa as Benvolio and Mary Beth Lacki as the cat-like, hot-tempered swords-person,Tybalt.

Closing this weekend are LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME, an hilarious play by Constance Cox adapted from the short story by Oscar Wilde, presented by The Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Josephine Hogan, at the Andrews Theatre, through Sunday, June 28’s matinee. And, THE WILD PARTY, a musical by Andrew Lippa, presented by Second Generation Theatre, directed and choreographed (it's snappy!) by Michael Walline, runs through Sunday’s matinee at The New Phoenix Theatre, on Johnson Park.

Coming soon, next Friday to be exact, OUR TOWN, the classic play by Thornton Wilder is presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, through July 12th at the Bratton Theater, on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution (your theater ticket is your gate pass).

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