Over the weekend the Second Generation Theater (founded by Kristin Bentley, Kelly Copps, and Arin Dandes) put on a retrospective of their past five shows, and gave a hint of their upcoming BIG FISH, at Shea's Smith Theatre, their new "home." Next door, at Shea's , the Disney musical ALADDIN opened, featuring Lissa deGuzman as Princess Jasmine, a role she's looked forward to all her life, as told to WBFO in conversation. And Donna Hoke will indulge a persistent Buffalo dream, to win a Superbowl, in ONCE IN MY LIFETIME, coming to Shea's Smith Theatre later this month.
INTO THE BREECHES!, play by George Brant presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Laura Kepley. Aug 11-17.Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). www.chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company
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, plus Aug 9 at 1. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org
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
MURDER FOR TWO, murder mystery musical by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian, directed by Doug Weyand, starring Philip Farugia, Joseph Donohue III. Through 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
NUNSENSE 2, musical by Dan Goggin directed by Debby Koszelak Swartz, starring Swartz, Joann V. Mis, Jenna Montesanti, Elizabeth Sanderson, Jill Anderson. Through Aug 12, Thu at 7, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614). www.starrynighttheatre.com.
ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy by Donna Hoke, ("For one night, fans at the downtrodden Miracle Bar discover that the impossible happens when you believe it can.") Aug 28 - Sep 8. Shea's Smith Theatre 658 Main Street, Buffalo (847-0850) www.sheas.org/performances/once-in-my-lifetime/
Listings adapted from "On the Boards" appearing in Artvoice.