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Theater Talk: Anthony dishes on The Tony Awards; local actresses rock PIAZZA and Shakespeare, too!


All week long people have been asking: "What did Anthony think of The Tony Awards?" and here he dishes the dirt. We remember Buffalo's beloved playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney and remind you that great Buffalo actresses (including double Artie Award nominee Debbie Pappas Sham) can be seen through this Sunday, June 18 in LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at the Lancaster Opera House backed by one of the best chamber ensemble pit orchestras ever. Ever. And, next week Pamela Rose Mangus stars as "Falstaff" and joins Victoria Perez, Charmagne Chi, and many others in the all-female Shakespeare in Delaware Park production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR which opens Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m.


GODOT RODEO, six one-act plays by Matt Boyle, Frank Canino, John Elston, Mark Lloyd and Mike Fanelli, presented by Buffalo Writers' Theater, starring John Profeta, Leon Copeland, Brittany Germano, Becky Globus, Darryl Hart. Jun 17-25, Sat at 7 & Sun at 2. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. (652-6719).

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, with an all-female cast directed by Eileen Dugan, starring Pamela Rose Mangus, Kate Conigisor, Priscilla Young Anker, Victoria Perez, Charmagne Chi.  Jun 22-Jul 15, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533).


HAY FEVER, comedy by Noel Coward presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Gordon McCall, starring Josephine Hogan, David Oliver, Marisa Caruso, Jordan Levin, Hillary Walker, David Lundy, Melissa Levin. Jacob Albarella, Andrea Gollhardt. Through Jun 25 Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC).


LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, musical by Adam Guettel & Craig Lucas, presented by Second Generation Theatre, directed by Loraine O’Donnell, starring Debbie Pappas Sham, Kelly Copps, Anthony Lazzaro, Marc Sacco, Rebecca Runge, Katy Miner, Matt Witten, Steve Jakiel, Leah Berst, Lucas DeNies, Christopher Andreana. Through Jun 18, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).


NOISES OFF, comedy by Michael Frayn presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Andrew Borba. Jun 30-Jul 16. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6250).

Adapted from “On the Boards” appearing in Artvoice 6/6/2017

Listen for Theater Talk, Friday morning at 6:45 and 8:45 during Morning Edition.
Even though "semi-retired," Peter Hall continues to wear many hats. He is the Sunday afternoon host on WBFO’s “sister station,” Classical 94.5 / WNED where he has produced over 1,000 radio interviews with musical artists. If you see him at a theater with a pen in his hand, he’s probably getting ready to co-host “Theater Talk” with Anthony Chase (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO) or to write a review for www.buffalorising.com. He is also a member of the "Artie Awards" committee (think “Tony Awards for Buffalo theaters”).
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