With five venues, settled in a quaint town with plenty of walk-to attractions, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, continues to attract a sizeable audience from Buffalo. Anthony Chase reports in during the intermission of "Peter and the Starcatcher" at the Royal George Theatre which is attracting a large number of younger audience members (it's suitable for 8+) who react audibly to the imaginative plot - the "prequel" to "Peter Pan." At the Festival Theatre it's "Sweet Charity" while at the Courthouse Theatre Ibsen's "The Lady from the Sea" is up.
Erie County has restored its Local Conditional Release Program. It provides 25 non-violent prisoners in Alden Correctional Facility with early release, job training and rehabilitation in return for one year probation.