Theater Talk: Artie Awards a success; Love Never Dies a guilty pleasure at Shea's

Jun 8, 2018

The 28th annual Artie Awards presented by WNED|WBFO were a big success with a larger audience than ever resulting in more proceeds from the event collected to support Erie County Medical Center's HIV/AIDS and Immunodeficiency Services, a charity for which various theater companies have been collecting for months. In addition, performers from LOVE NEVER DIES (currently at Shea's) will put on LATE NIGHT WITH THE CAST, a benefit concert to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, tonight, June 8 at 11:00 p.m. at the Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main Street. See the list of nominees and winners along with photographs here.

Artie Awards co-hosts (L-R) Charmagne Chi, Anthony Chase, Amy Jakiel perform their opening number.
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OPENING

FORGET ME NOT, play by Diane Almeter Jones presented by Freelance Productions, directed by Kristen Tripp Kelley, starring Anne Roaldi Boucher, Zachary Bellus, Nick Stevens, Marisa Caruso. Jun 7-9 at 7:30. Kavinoky Theatre (435-3542).

ONGOING

THE RED DRESS, play by Tania Wisbar presented by Argyle Road Productions, directed by Frank A. Rossi, starring Liz McKendry, John Nuncio, Jeremy Kreuzer, Camilla Maxwell, Pamela Rose Mangus. Through Jun 23, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, play by Oscar Wilde presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Josephine Hogan, starring Matt Witten, Ben Michael Moran, Christian Brandjes, Chris Kelly, Jamie O'Neill, David Lundy, Arianne Davidow, Colleen Gaughan, Emily Collins, Jaimee Harmon, Kathleen Betsko Yale, Kate LoConti. Through Jun 24, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME, play by Constance Cox based on the story by Oscar Wilde, presented by Aurora Players, directed by Mark David Skura, starring Monish Bhattacharyya, Christopher Jackson, Mia LaMarco, Tom Durham, Andi Dudziak, Laurie Oravec, Jessica Rasp, Colin Fleming-Stumpf, Danielle Burning, Finnegan Lasch. Through Jun 17, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. Roycroft Pavilion in Hamlin Park, East Aurora (687-6727). www.auroraplayers.org

CLOSING

LA LUPE: MY LIFE, MY DESTINY, play with music by Carmen Rivera presented by Raíces Theatre Company, directed by Victoria Pérez, starring Melinda Capeles, Steve Brachmann, Rolando Martín Gómez, Smirna Mercedes Pérez, Dewel Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez. Through Jun 10, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 6.  Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. 3rd floor (381-9333). www.RaicesTheatreCompany.com

LOVE NEVER DIES, touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Jun 10, Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.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

LATE NIGHT WITH THE CAST, a benefit concert to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, featuring members of the national touring company of Love Never Dies. Jun 8 at 11:00 p.m. Alleyway Theatre’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. www.alleyway.com

TALES OF THE DRIVEN, staged reading of a new play by Kurt Schneiderman presented by Subversive Theatre. Jun 11 at 7. Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave. 3rd floor

Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice 06/06/2018