Theater Talk: Gods at Shaw; a King in the park; and we mere mortals with our flashbacks at Rust Belt

Jun 22, 2018

In collaboration with a fellow classicist, Artistic Director of The Shaw Festival Tim Carroll, Stephen Fry presents three takes on "The Greek Myths." MYTHOS: GODS covers the origins of our well known Zeus, Athena, Prometheus, et. al. but he also has an evening called MYTHOS: MEN and MYTHOS: HEROES. Meanwhile, Shakespeare in Delaware Park opened an equally ambitious play, KING LEAR, which runs through July. And, closing this Sunday are the sublimely acted LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN at Irish Classical and a series of short, experimental, existential plays called WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA: Flashbacks in the Fog, at tiny Rust Belt Books on Grant Street.


PBS favorite Stephen Fry recounts the "Greek Myths" that he learned as a young classicist in MYTHOS:GODS at the Shaw Festival
Credit www.shawfest.com

OPENING

KING LEAR, drama by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Steve Vaughan, starring Tom Loughlin, Saul Elkin, Lisa Ludwig, Lisa Vitrano, Marissa Biondolillo, Kevin Craig, Norm Sham, Dave Marciniak, John Profeta, Adam Yellen, Anthony Alcocer. Jun 21-Jul 15,Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org  Listen to WBFO's Jay Moran speak with SIDP's Managing Director Lisa Ludwig.

SLUT, play by Katie Cappiello presented by The Subversive Youth Series, directed by Kelly Beuth. Jun 22-30, Thu-Sat at 7:30. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org

CLOSING

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, Marilyn Mendelson, 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

WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE CASABLANCA: Flashbacks in the Fog, world premiere plays by Western New York playwrights Michael Fanelli, Mark C. Lloyd, Darryl Schneider, John Elston, Matt Boyle, j. Snodgrass, presented by Buffalo Writers' Theater. Through Jun 24, Sat at 7, Sun at 2. Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. (652-6719).  moxtundra9.wixsite.com/bufftheater  Peter Hall reviewed this here.

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

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare presented by Free Chautauqua Shakespeare in the Park, directed by Andrew Borba, at various times and venues: Bestor Plaza, Sunday June 24 at 5 p.m.; Allen Park, Jamestown, Thursday June 28 at 7 p.m.; Southern Tier Brewery, Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.; Southern Tier Brewery, Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m.; Lakeside Park, Mayville, Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. and Allen Park, Jamestown Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m.

UPCOMING

AN OCTOROON, play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. Jun 29-Jul 8. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). www.chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company

MURDER FOR TWO, murder mystery musical by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian, directed by Doug Weyand, starring Philip Farugia, Joseph Donohue III. Jul 11-Aug 12, 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

Listings adapted from "On The Boards" appearing in Artvoice 6/20/2018