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Theater Talk: ALICE for the kids, SILENCE! for the adults, and AIRNESS for everyone else

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Cheryl Gorski
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There is a wide variety of theater offerings this early July, from the innocent ALICE IN WONDERLAND in East Aurora's Hamlin Park (an outdoor event), to the definitely 18+ SILENCE! THE MUSICAL at the Alleyway, some farce (HERE LIES JEREMY TROY) at Desiderio's Dinner Theatre, KING LEAR closes this Sunday at (free) Shakespeare in Delaware Park and something different at Chautuaqua: AIRNESS about an air guitar contest!

OPENING

AIRNESS, play by Chelsea Marcantel presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. Jul 14-29. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). www.chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company

ONGOING

ALICE IN WONDERLAND, adapted by Alice Gerstenberg, presented by Aurora Players, directed by John Szablewski,  Jul 21 & 22, Aug 4, 5, 18, 19 at 7.  Outdoors in Hamlin Park, East Aurora. www.auroraplayers.org

KING LEAR, drama by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Steve Vaughan, starring Tom Loughlin, Saul Elkin, Lisa Ludwig, Lisa Vitrano, Marissa Biondolillo, Kevin Craig, Norm Sham, Dave Marciniak, John Profeta, Adam Yellen, Anthony Alcocer. Through Jul 15, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

MURDER FOR TWO, murder mystery musical by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian, directed by Doug Weyand, starring Philip Farugia, Joseph Donohue III. Through Aug 12, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

SILENCE! THE MUSICAL by Kaplan, Kaplan & Bell, presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Todd Warfield, starring Maria Droz, Jimmy Janowski, Michael Blasdell, Jeremy Catania, Charmagne Chi, Sam Crystal, Adam Hayes, Eric Rawski, Michael Seitz. Through Jul 29, Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239). wwwbuffalobua.org

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

HERE LIES JEREMY TROY, comedy by Jack Sharkey presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Richard Lambert, Marie Costa, Andrew Starr, Marc-Jon Filippone, Jamie Nablo. Through July 29, evening shows arrival at 6, show at 7:30; matinee shows arrival at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com

MORNING DEW, new work by multimedia designer Flatsitter in collaboration with David Mitchell, presented by Torn Space Theater as part of the third annual Response Performance Festival. Jul 17-22, AMLDC, 612 Fillmore Ave. www.tornspacetheater.com

UPCOMING

CLICK, CLACK, MOO, musical presented by Niagara University Theatre for Young Audiences, directed by Steve Braddock and Terri Filips Vaughan. Jul 19-21 & Jul 27 at 7; Jul 24 at 1; Jul 25 & 28 at 10:00 a.m. Leary Theatre. N.U. campus. Free admission.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Kyle LoConti, starring Todd Benzin, Kate LoConti, Nick Stevens, Melinda Carpeles, Gregory Gjurich, Chris Hatch. Jul 26-Aug 19, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

NUNSENSE 2, musical by Dan Goggin directed by Debby Koszelak Swartz, starring Swartz, Joann V. Mis, Jenna Montesanti, Elizabeth Sanderson, Jill Anderson. Aug 2-12, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614). www.starrynighttheatre.com.

THE SHAW FESTIVAL

The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake has announced its 2018 season https://www.shawfest.com/2018season/.
At the Shaw's Festival Theatre:

    The Magician’s Nephew
    Grand Hotel
    Mythos: A Trilogy – Gods. Heroes. Men.
    The Hound of the Baskervilles

At the Shaw's Royal George Theatre:

    Stage Kiss
    Of Marriage & Men: A Comedy Double-Bill
    O’Flaherty V.C.
    Oh What a Lovely War
    A Christmas Carol

At the Shaw's Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

    The Orchard (After Chekhov)
    The Baroness and the Pig
    Henry V

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL

The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, has also announced its 2018 season https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays including three plays by Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Coriolanus, and The Comedy of Errors along with such classics as Long Days Journey into Night and An Ideal Husband.

Listings adapted from “On the Boards” appearing in Artvoice 07/11/2018

 

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