Theater Talk: 29th Annual Artie nominations revealed; Awards Monday, June 3 at Shea's 710

May 24, 2019

The nominations for the 29th Annual Artie Awards, a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS & Immunodeficiency Clinic at ECMC and a chance to highlight theatrical excellence in Western New York were revealed in a Facebook Live broadcast with Anthony Chase and Nicole Marrale Cimato this past Monday. You can watch it here. The 29th Artie Awards winners will be announced Monday, June 3, starting at 8pm (red carpet at 7pm) at Shea’s 710 Theatre.

L-R Amy Jakiel, Anthony Chase, and Charmagne Chi emcee'd last year's Arties. What hi-jinx do they have planned for 2019?
Credit Eileen Elibol, WNED|WBFO

Tickets are available at the Shea’s Box Office or by visiting wned.org/community/screenings-and-events/artie-awards/ and clicking on the “Purchase Tickets” link in the right column. This is the third year that WNED | WBFO has served as presenters of the awards.Over the years, through contributions from theater audiences and proceeds from red ribbon sales, the Arties have raised over $500,000 for AIDS-related charities.

ONGOING
BAKERSFIELD MIST, play by Stephen Sachs, presented by Lancaster Opera House, directed by Scott Behrend, starring Mary McMahon and Tom Owen. Through May 26. Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Lancaster. (683-1776) www. lancopera.org

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, play by Ernie Nolan based on the book by Adam Rubin, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Kyle LoConti, starring Melinda Capeles, Joe Isgar, Alejandro Perez, Victoria Perez, Carlos Maggiolo Perez, Daniel Torres, Dan Urtz, Alexandria Watts, and Preston Williams. Through Jun 1, Sat & Sun at 2, plus Jun 1 at 4. Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400). www.theatreofyouth.org

LOOKING THROUGH GLASS, play by Ken Kaissar presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Zachary Bellus, Arin Lee Dandes, Angelo J. Heimowitz, David Lundy, Tina Rausa. Through Jun 2, Thu at 7:30, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2.  The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville (650-7626). www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com

CLOSING

PASSING STRANGE, musical by Stew & Heidi Rodewald, directed by Lorna C. Hill, starring Preach Freedom, Brian Brown, Augustus Donaldson, Jacqueline Cherry, Tianna Livingston, London Lee, Zoë V. Scruggs. Through May 26, Thu-Sat at 7, Sun at 4. Ujima Company, 429 Plymouth Ave. (281-0092). www.ujimacoinc.org

LATE IN THE EVENING: The World According to Paul Simon, world premiere musical conceived and directed by Michael Walline, starring Noah Bielecki, Cathy Carfagna, Terrie Ann George, Timmy Goodman, Robert Insana, Dudney Joseph, Jr., Dominique Kempf, Bob Mazierski, Sean Murphy, Emily Prucha, Zak Ward. Through May 26, 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

THREE SISTAH’S, musical by Thomas W. Jones II & William F. Hubbard, directed by Renita Shadwick, starring Denise Mullen, Danielle Green, Taneisha Facey. Through May 26, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013). www.aaccbuffalo.org

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

LITTLE WOMEN, a dramatic reading of the play by Marian de Forest, adapted from the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, presented by The Kavinoky Theatre, and the Zonta Clubs of Buffalo and Grand Island, Jun 1 at 3:30. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668). www.kavinokytheatre.com

A TIME TO KILL, courtroom drama adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes, presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Kinzy Brown, Peter Horn, Marc Ruffino, Sandra Gilliam, Larry Smith, Elizabeth Oddy, Bob Lohr, Jeremy Catania, Michael David O'Hear, Ronald Hicks, Kenneth Leman, Justin Chortie, Jacob Sauer, Nathanial Higgins.
May 9-Jun 30, 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

UPCOMING

GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS, immersive play project by Gordon Farrell, directed by Neal Radice, starring Jamie Nablo, Emily Yancey, Ember Tate, Daniel Greer, John Panepinto, James Cichocki, Trevor Dugan, Gayle Petri, Betsy Bittar, Niki Nowak, Lillian Reszel, Sandra Roberts. May 30-Jun 22, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING, play by Steven Elliot Jackson, directed by Todd Fuller, starring Robert Cooke, Xavier Harris. Jun 7-29, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

Listings courtesy of Javier Bustillos.