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Theater Talk: Shawfest's HOLIDAY INN on the big stage; CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES continues at Irish

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For the first time ever, The Shaw Festival has a holiday show on the main Festival Theatre stage - HOLIDAY INN,  by Irving Berlin, directed by Shaw and Stratford superstar Kate Hennig, as the traditional A CHRISTMAS CAROL continues at the Shaw's Royal George Theatre. The Alleyway will launch their 37th annual A CHRISTMAS CAROL on December 6, and ELF continues (with only a few single tickets left) at MusicalFare Theatre.

OPENING

 
A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, musical by Dean Regan, presented by O'Connell & Co., directed by Drew McCabe, starring Melissa Leventhal and David Wysocki. Nov 29 – Dec 8, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Shea's Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (1-800-745-3000) www.oconnelland company.com
 
ONGOING
 
A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, musical adapted for the stage by Jeremy Brooks & Adrian Mitchell, from the words by Dylan Thomas, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Vincent O’Neill, Tyler Eisenmann, Michele Roberts, Ben Michael Moran, Nicole Cimato, Christian Brandjes, Karen Harty, Brittany Bassett, Renee Landrigan, Gregory Gjurich Charmagne Chi, Megan Callahan, Joseph Donohue III, Brandon Barry. Nov 22-Dec 15, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com
 
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted from Charles Dickens by Tim Carroll, directed by Molly Atkinson, at The Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON on select days through December 22, 2019 (905-468-2172 / 1-800-511-7429) www.shawfest.com  
 
COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, play by Ed Graczyk, directed by Richard Lambert, starring Lisa Ludwig, Lara Haberberger, Betsy Bittar, Kerry-Kate Abel, Stephanie Bax, Mary Mobius and more. Nov 22-Dec 21, Thu-Sat at 8. The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 Johnson Park (853-1344) www.newphoenixtheatre.org
 
ELF, THE MUSICAL by Martin, Beguelin & Slar, directed by Michael Walline, starring  Melinda Capeles, Louis Colaiacovo, Adrienne Ricchiazzi Cummings, Chris Cummings, Rheanna Gallego, Chris J. Handley, Jake Hayes, Stevie Jackson, Johnny Kiener, Nicholas Lama, Bob Mazierski, Jennifer Mysliwy, Dan Urtz, Michael Wachowiak, Alexandria Watts. Through Dec 22, 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
 
HOLIDAY INN, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, adpated from the Universal Pictures movie, directed by Kate Hennig, at the Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON on select days through December 22 (905-468-2172 / 1-800-511-7429) www.shawfest.com
 
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, play based on the novel by Harper Lee, adapted by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Kyle LoConti, starring Chris Avery, Aleks Malejs, Xavier Harris, Robyn Baun, Shantina Moore, Paul Maisano, Patrick Moltane, John Profeta, David Lundy, Michael Seitz, Jacob Albarella, Marie Costa, Mary McMahon, Ray Boucher, Kevin Kennedy, Peter Palmisano. Through Dec 8, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com
 
TWO TRAINS RUNNING, play by August Wilson, directed by Edward G. Smith, starring Al Garrison, Debbi Davis, Fisher, Hugh Davis, Michael Hicks, Roosevelt Tidwell III, Vincenzo McNeill, Russell Holt. Through Dec 8, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org
 
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
 
PRESCRIPTION MURDER: COLUMBO, play by William Link and Richard Levinson presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Jack Hunter, Dave Marciniak, Lisa Hinca, Laura Barriere, Nathanial Higgins, Rhonda Parker. Through Dec 15, Thu & Sat, dinner at 6, show at 7:30; Sun, dinner at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com
 
UPCOMING
 
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Dickens’ classic adapted and directed by Neal Radice, 37th Annual presentation! Dec 6-22 Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 5 PM, Sun at 2, also, Thu Dec 12 and 19 at 7:30, final performance Sun Dec 22 at 5. Alleyway Main Stage, 1 Curtain Up Alley (852-2600) www.alleyway.com
 
CHRISTMAS OVER THE TAVERN, by Tom Dudzick, directed by Randall Kramer, presented by MusicalFare at Shea's 710 Theatre, Dec 5-22, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. (847-1410) www.sheas.org/710-theatre
 
EL COQUI ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM, play by Matt Barbot, directed by Victoria Pérez, starring Dan Torres, Alejandro Gabriel Gómez, Rolando E. Gómez, Lissette DeJesus, and Smirna Mercedes. Dec 6-22 Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 6. Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave 3rd floor (381-9333) www.raicestheatrecompany.com
 
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, a live radio play, adapted from the Frank Capra movie, directed by Peg Merrill, starring Margo Davis, Betsy Ross Visciano, Jason Mussachio, and Les Bailey. Dec 6-15, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Carriage House Players at the Kenan Center in Lockport. (433-2617) www.kenancenter.org
 
THE GOLDEN GIRLS, "the lost episodes," by David Cerda, with an all-male cast, directed by Todd Warfield. Dec 5-28, Thur-Sat at 8 (no performance Dec 26). Alleyway Cabaret, 672 Main Street (852-2600) www.alleyway.com
 
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS, musical by Kauzlaric & Howe presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Jennifer Toohey, starring Bobby Cooke, Melissa Levin, Bobby MacDonnell, Heather Reed, Christine Seshie, Angelo Heimowitz. Dec  7-22, Sat & Sun at 1 & 4, Dec 21 & 22 at 1 only. Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400). www.theatreofyouth.org
 
Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos

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