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Theater Talk: All-star cast at Lancaster Opera House, SIDP opens with THE WINTER'S TALE

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THE WINTER'S TALE by Shakespeare, a late comedy/romance is sometimes called one of the "problem plays" because Act I is so dramatic and sad while Act II is miraculous and uplifting. It opened last night at Shakespeare in Delaware Park. And you have only three days to catch DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS with an all star cast who bring their "A game" and oodles of energy to the Lancaster Opera House. Lots of fun.

Here are some details on the one opening this week:

THE WINTER’S TALE, comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Matt Witten, Jen Stafford, Lisa Vitrano, Tom Loughlin, Marissa Biondolillo, Nick Stevens, Jordan Levin, Steve Braddock, Patrick Moltane.  June 23-July 17, Tuesday-Sunday at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

And we have four closings:

AKEELAH AND THE BEE, adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West, presented by Subversive Theatre Collective, as part of Subversive Youth Series, directed by Kelly M. Beuth. Through June 25, Thursday-Saturday at 7. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499). www.subversivetheatre.org

COMPANY, musical by George Furth & Stephen Sondheim, presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Roger Paolini, starring Steve Copps, Mary Moebius, Guy Tomassi, Michelle Holden, Chris Teal, Amy Teal, Tim Goehrig, Charmagne Chi, Chris Riso, Loraine O’Donnell, Roger Van Dette, Arin Dandes, Valerie Stevens, Jenny McCabe. Through June 26, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, musical by David Yazbeg, presented by Second Generation Theatre Company, directed by Lisa Ludwig, starring Jake Albarella, Peter Palmisano, Gregory Gjurich, Mary Gjurich, Amy Jakiel, Arianne Davidow, Sean Murphy, Emily Prucha, Sean Ryan, Jon Yepez, Dan Urtz, Shelby Ehrenreich, Chloe Barg. Through June 26, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776). www.secondgenerationtheatre.com

AN IDEAL HUSBAND, comedy by Oscar Wilde presented by The Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by David Oliver, starring Steve Jakiel, Ben Michael Moran, Chris Kelly, David Lundy, Gerry Maher, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Pamela Rose Mangus, Kristen Bentley, Jessica Wegrzyn, Andrea Gollhardt, Kate LoConti. Through June 26, Thursday & Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 & 7:30, Sunday at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

Mark your calendars for some openings, including:

EVITA, musical by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Randall Kramer, starring Michele Marie Roberts, John Fredo, Marc Sacco, Paschal Frisina III, Arianne Davidow, Victoria Perez, Jeffrey Coyle, Alejandro Gomez, Taylor Carlson, Jon Yepez, Matthew Iwanski, Emily Yancey, Jake Hayes, Thomas Evans. July 6-Aug 7, Tuesday & Thursday at 7, Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 & 8, Sunday at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), play by Sarah Ruhl presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Larissa Kokernot. July 1-10. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6250).

And, in rehearsals we have IT’S ONLY A PLAY, a play by Terrence McNally directed by Drew McCabe at BUA in the Alleyway Theatre complex July 23 through August 13, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. starring, along with Anthony Alcocer, Adam Hayes, Jimmy Janowski, Lisa Ludwig, Mary Kate O’Connell and Michael Seitz, our own Anthony Chase as “The Lethal Critic."

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