Theater Talk: Star power: Hello, Bette! Goodbye, Josh!

Aug 18, 2017

Anthony went down to New York City to take in some Broadway shows: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (a sung-through musical adaptation of a segment of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace) at the Imperial Theatre; A DOLL'S HOUSE, PART 2 (which imagines what happens when Nora returns 15 years later) at the John Golden Theatre; and HELLO, DOLLY! starring Bette Midler at the Schubert Theatre.

Bette Midler in HELLO, DOLLY isn't Carol Channing, but she is 100% Bette! (Bette Midler, center, as Dolly Gallagher Levi at the Shubert Theater in NYC).
Credit N.Y. Times

OPENING   BASTARD, solo performance presented by Palissimo Co. as part of the Response Performance Festival 2017. Aug 19 & 20 at 7:30. The Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. www.palissimo.org   THE GATHERING, performance piece presented by Torn Space Theater as part of the Response Performance Festival 2017. Aug 18 & 19, 6:30 & 7:30. Silo City, 20 Childs Street. www.tornspacetheater.com   ONGOING   Shakespeare's La Pucelle, an extraction of Joan of Arc's storyline from one of Shakespeare's least produced works, Henry VI, presented by The Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Lara D. Haberberger, starring Stefanie Warnick. Aug 18 at 7, Aug 19, 26  & 27 at 2.  Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St. (598-1585).   TRAINWRECK, new musical based on the album by Boys Night Out. Through Aug 26, Fri & Sat at 9.  Patchwork Theatre of Niagara, 1201 Pine Ave., Suite 104, Niagara Falls. Facebook.com/PatchworkNiagara   CLOSING   DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID, Pittsburgh CLO & Kansas City Starlight touring production of the Alan Menken musical, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Through Aug 20, Thu & Fri at 7, Sat at 2 & 7, Sun at 1 & 6. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000). www.sheas.org   MACBETH, tragedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Matt Witten, Lisa Vitrano, Chris Hatch, Jamie Nablo, Nick Stevens, Ray Boucher. Though Aug 20, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

ROMEO AND JULIET, tragedy by William Shakespeare presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Dawn Monique Williams. Through Aug 18. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6250). www.ciweb.org/chautauqua-theater-company

UPCOMING

  TEACH, free public reading of a new play by Donna Hoke, as part of Road Less Traveled's regional residency development program, starring Ben Michael Moran, Maura Nolan, Alejandro Gomez, Renee Landrigan, Jordan Levin. Aug 28 at 7. 15 E. Utica St.