Theater Talk: MAMMA MIA! opens at Kavinoky, ACT OF GOD coming to O'Connell, SHAW Festival announces

Jan 12, 2018

After directing a fabulous THE PRODUCERS at the Kavinoky, Lynne Kurdziel-Formato brings her talents to MAMMA MIA!, the 1999 juke-box musical set to songs by ABBA, now extended through February 3! Across town, at O'Connell & Company, Victoria Perez has directed AN ACT OF GOD.  And (see listings below) both The Shaw Festival and The Stratford Festival have announced their 2018 seasons.

Loraine O'Donnell, Debbie Pappas Sham, and Lisa Ludwig (L-R) recreate their disco act "Donna and the Dynamos" in MAMMA MIA! at the Kavinoky.


AN ACT OF GOD, play by David Javerbaum presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Victoria Perez, starring Joey Bucheker. Jan 11-Feb 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800).

OVER THE TAVERN, comedy by Tom Dudzick presented by The Lancaster Regional Players, directed by Gail Golden, starring Isaac Fesmire, Alicia Michielli, Greg Reggie, Eileen Stevic, Samuel Fesmire, Caroline Schettler, Ayden Herreid, Emma Anderson. Jan 12-21, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).


MAMMA MIA!, musical based on the songs of ABBA, directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, starring Arianne Davidow, William Hin, Lisa Ludwig, Loraine O’Donnell, Debbie Pappas, Peter Palmisano, Doug Weyand, Matt Witten. Extended through Feb.3, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668).


SISTER ROBERT ANNE'S CABARET CLASS (A One-Nun-sense Musical Event), dinner theater presented by Rocking Horse Productions & Lancaster Opera House, directed by Jane Navarro, starring Katherine Marchiano. Jan 26-Feb 4, Fri & Sat at 7, Sun at 2:30. Ripa's Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).

WE HAVE ISSUES, staged readings of short plays presented by The Brazen-Faced Varlets as part of the International Women's Voices Theater Festival, directed by Lara D. Haberberger. Jan 27 at 1. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. (598 – 1585).


THE BOY AT THE EDGE OF EVERYTHING, original play by Finegan Kruckemeyer presented by Theatre of Youth. Jan 20-Feb 4, Sat & Sun at 2. Allendale Theatre 203 Allen St.  (884-4400).

THE CONSTANT WIFE, comedy by W. Somerset Maugham, presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by David Oliver, starring Josephine Hogan, Steve Brachmann, Kristen Bentley, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Kate LoConti, Kelsey Mogensen, Eric Rawski, Jon May, Elliot Fox. Jan 19-Feb 11, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC).

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, play by Paula Vogel presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Kelly M. Beuth, starring Andrea Gollhardt, John Profeta, Brittany Germano, Theresa DiMuro-Wilber, Justin Fiordaliso, Jenny Gembka, Molly/Oliver Lewars Jan 18-Feb 10, Thu-Sat at 8. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).

ROSE, play by Martin Sherman, presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Tina Rausa. Feb 1-25, Thu at 7:30, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville (688-4114 x391).

SKELETON CREW, play by Dominique Morriseau, the third of her Detroit Trilogy, presented by Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, directed by Paulette D. Harris. Jan 19-Feb 11, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 4., 350 Masten Ave. (884-2103).    

THE NETHER, play by Jennifer Haley, directed By Katie Mallinson, starring Jakiel, Eve Everette, Dave Marciniak, Sabrina Kahwaty, Matt Rivera. Jan 19-Feb 11, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, 500 Pearl St. (629-3069).

WAY BACK WHEN: An Evening of One Acts by Grant Golden and Rebecca Ritchie, directed by Betsy Bittar, starring Pamela Rose Mangus, David Lundy, Jon Summers, Kathleen Rooney, Todd Fuller. Feb 2-24, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334).


The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake has announced its 2018 season
At the Shaw's Festival Theatre:

    The Magician’s Nephew
    Grand Hotel
    Mythos: A Trilogy – Gods. Heroes. Men.
    The Hound of the Baskervilles

At the Shaw's Royal George Theatre:

    Stage Kiss
    Of Marriage & Men: A Comedy Double-Bill
    O’Flaherty V.C.
    Oh What a Lovely War
    A Christmas Carol

At the Shaw's Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre

    The Orchard (After Chekhov)
    The Baroness and the Pig
    Henry V


The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, has also announced its 2018 season including three plays by Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Coriolanus, and The Comedy of Errors along with such classics as Long Days Journey into Night and An Ideal Husband.

Listings adapted from “On the Boards” appearing in Artvoice 01/11/2018