Much as been written about the passing of Neil Simon who died this week at 91, specializing in "the comedy of urban neurosis." We also note the passing of local UB professor and actor Gerry Finnegan described by students as "the best... the most adorable old man and so funny....great teacher, but absolutely insane." Four shows open before Curtain Up! (Friday, September 14), all listed below, from Subversive Theatre, American Repertory Theater (note this show's address, 3200 Elmwood) , MusicalFare Theatre, and the Kavinoky Theatre. And, remember that the two great, accessible Canadian repertory companies, the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival, will continue well into October.
ONCE IN MY LIFETIME: A Buffalo Football Fantasy, world premiere of a play by Donna Hoke, Friday, August 31 will feature a cameo with Theater Talk's own Anthony Chase!presented by Buffalo Boys Productions, directed by Victoria Pérez-Maggiolo, starring Josie DiVincenzo, Jake Hayes, Aaron Wag Krygier, Adam Hayes, Kinzy Brown, Diane Di Bernardo, Jon May, Kyle Baran, Pamela Rose Mangus, Steve Brachmann. Preview Aug 28 at 7:30. Aug 29-Sep 8, Tue-Fri at 7:30, Sat & Sun at 2:30 & 7:30. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (847-0850).
FARENHEIT 451, play by Ray Bradbury presented by Subversive Theatre, directed by Gary Earl Ross & Michael Doben, starring Rick Lattimer, John Profeta, Jamie Nablo. Sep 6-Oct 6, Thu-Sat at 7:30. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (462-5549). www.subversivetheatre.org
HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, by Laurence O'Keefe & Kevin Murphy, presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY, directed by Candice Kogut, starring Madalyn Teal, Joe Russi, Carly Luksch, Kelly O'Hara, Talia Mobley, Parker Welling, Jake Grear, Kaeli McGinnis, Katy Miner, Nick Lama, Rich Kraemer. Sep 6-22, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. 3200 Elmwood Ave. (983-4345). www.artofwny.org.
PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, musical by Foley, Hardwick, Monk, Morgan, Schimmel & Wann, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Jaclyn Lisenby Brown, Jayson Clark, Joseph Donohue III, Maria Droz, Ryan Kaminski, Andrew J. Reimers. Sep 5-Oct 7, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2 (Sep 14 at 8). MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540). www.musicalfare.com
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, musical by Sondheim & Wheeler, directed by John Fredo, starring, Matt Witten, Loraine O’Donnell, Peter Palmisano, Aleks Malejs, Leah Berst, Anthony Lazzaro, Bill Lovern, Marc Sacco, Charmagne Chi, Kelly Copps, Lucas Denies, Adam Eckmair, Karen Harty, Dudney Joseph, Ben Moran, Bob Mazierski, Derek Moran, Steve Heatley. Sep 7-30, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3:30 & 7:30, Sun at 2 (Sep 14 at 8). Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com
THE SHAW FESTIVAL in Niagara-on-the-Lake https://www.shawfest.com/2018season/
At the Shaw's Festival Theatre:
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
At the Shaw's Royal George Theatre:
OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR
OF MARRIAGE AND MEN: A Comedy Double Bill
At the Shaw's Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre
THE ORCHARD (AFTER CHEKHOV)
THE BARONESS AND THE PIG
THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL
The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario presents a variety of plays. https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays (800-567-1600)
Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR, THE TEMPEST, CORIOLANUS, and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS along with such classics as Eugene O’Neill’s LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and Oscar Wilde’s AN IDEAL HUSBAND. In addition, there are world premieres of BRONTE and PARADISE LOST and modern works including TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD and NAPOLI MILIONARIA! And there are musicals: Meredith Wilson’s THE MUSIC MAN and Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.
Listings adapted from “On the Boards” appearing in Artvoice 08/23/2018