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Theater Talk: Waiting on Curtain Up? Anthony's on tonight. Shaw and Stratford continue into October.

David Cooper,Shaw Festival

Much as been written about the passing of Neil Simon who died this week at 91, specializing in "the comedy of urban neurosis." We also note the passing of local UB professor and actor Gerry Finnegan described by students as "the best... the most adorable old man and so funny....great teacher, but absolutely insane."  Four shows open before Curtain Up! (Friday, September 14), all listed below, from Subversive Theatre, American Repertory Theater (note this show's address, 3200 Elmwood) , MusicalFare Theatre, and the Kavinoky Theatre. And, remember that the two great, accessible Canadian repertory companies, the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival, will continue well into October.


ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy, world premiere of a play by Donna Hoke, Friday, August 31 will feature a cameo with Theater Talk's own Anthony Chase!presented by Buffalo Boys Productions, directed by Victoria Pérez-Maggiolo, starring Josie DiVincenzo, Jake Hayes, Aaron Wag Krygier, Adam Hayes, Kinzy Brown, Diane Di Bernardo, Jon May, Kyle Baran, Pamela Rose Mangus, Steve Brachmann. Preview Aug 28 at 7:30. Aug 29-Sep 8, Tue-Fri at 7:30, Sat & Sun at 2:30 & 7:30. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (847-0850).

Credit Donna Hoke
The cast of Donna Hoke's play ONCE IN MY LIFETIME poses for a dress rehearsal photo. It's up at the Shea's Smith Theatre through Saturday, September 8th (because the Bill's  opener against the Ravens is September 9th!)


FARENHEIT 451, play by Ray Bradbury presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Gary Earl Ross & Michael Doben, starring Rick Lattimer, John Profeta, Jamie Nablo. Sep 6-Oct 6, Thu-Sat at 7:30. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, by Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy, presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Candice Kogut, starring Madalyn Teal, Joe Russi, Carly Luksch, Kelly O'Hara, Talia Mobley, Parker Welling, Jake Grear, Kaeli McGinnis, Katy Miner, Nick Lama, Rich Kraemer. Sep 6-22, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. 3200 Elmwood Ave. (983-4345). www.artofwny.org.

PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, musical by Foley, Hardwick, Monk, Morgan, Schimmel & Wann, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Jaclyn Lisenby Brown, Jayson Clark, Joseph Donohue III, Maria Droz, Ryan Kaminski, Andrew J. Reimers. Sep 5-Oct 7, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2 (Sep 14 at 8). MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, musical by Sondheim & Wheeler, directed by John Fredo, starring, Matt Witten, Loraine O’Donnell, Peter Palmisano, Aleks Malejs, Leah Berst, Anthony Lazzaro, Bill Lovern, Marc Sacco, Charmagne Chi, Kelly Copps, Lucas Denies, Adam Eckmair, Karen Harty, Dudney Joseph, Ben Moran, Bob Mazierski, Derek Moran, Steve Heatley. Sep 7-30, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2 (Sep 14 at 8). Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

THE SHAW FESTIVAL in Niagara-on-the-Lake https://www.shawfest.com/2018season/
At the Shaw's Festival Theatre:


At the Shaw's Royal George Theatre:

    OF MARRIAGE AND MEN: A Comedy Double Bill

At the Shaw's Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre



The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario presents a variety of plays. https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays (800-567-1600)

Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR, THE TEMPEST, CORIOLANUS, and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS along with such classics as Eugene O’Neill’s LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and Oscar Wilde’s AN IDEAL HUSBAND. In addition, there are world premieres of BRONTE and PARADISE LOST and modern works including TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD and NAPOLI MILIONARIA! And there are musicals: Meredith Wilson’s THE MUSIC MAN and Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.

Listings adapted from “On the Boards” appearing in Artvoice 08/23/2018

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”).