Theater Talk: Aladdin, Much Ado, Amish Project, Breeches, Henry V, Coriolanus... whew!

Aug 17, 2018

While August is traditionally the month for taking a vacation, that message hasn't gotten to the theaters!

André Sills (left) as Coriolanus and Michael Blake as Cominius in The Stratford Festival's multi-media heavy production directed by Robert LaPage.
Credit Photography by David Hou

A frenetic lavish (interview with "Jasmine") stage production of Disney's ALADDIN is still at Shea's, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING gets at the "heart" of the play at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, THE AMISH PROJECT and INTO THE BREECHES are at Chautauqua, Buffalo's Roslyn Ruff steals the show at Williamstown, Stratford's production of CORIOLANUS starring Andre Sills is the breakout show of their summer, while the Shaw, for the first time ever, puts on a Shakespeare play, HENRY V, set during WWI. Speaking of the Shaw Festival, next year  will feature Mae West's 1926 play SEX!

OPENING SOON

THE AMISH PROJECT, by Jessica Dickey, presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Sarah Wansley. Aug 19-21. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). www.chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company

CLOSING

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

DISNEY’S ALADDIN, touring production of the Broadway musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Aug 19, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 1 & 6:30. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org  (Listen to an interview with Lissa deGuzman who plays "Princess Jasmine" in the production here.)

INTO THE BREECHES!, play by George Brant presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Laura Kepley. Through Aug 17. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). www.chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company

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. Through Aug 19, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

UPCOMING

FARENHEIT, 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

ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy, world premiere of a play by Donna Hoke, presented by Buffalo Boys Productions, directed by Victoria Pérez-Maggiolo, starring Josie DiVincenzo, Jake Hayes, Aaron Wag Krygier, Adam Hayes, Fisher, Diane Di Bernardo, Jon May, Kyle Baran. 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). (Listen to an interview with director Victoria Pérez here.)

THE SHAW FESTIVAL in Niagara-on-the-Lake https://www.shawfest.com/2018season/
(800-511-SHAW)
At the Shaw's Festival Theatre:

    THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW
    GRAND HOTEL
    THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

At the Shaw's Royal George Theatre:

    O’FLAHERTY, V.C.
    OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR
    STAGE KISS
    OF MARRIAGE AND MEN: A Comedy Double Bill

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 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 08/15/2018