If you haven't seen LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, or FIRST DATE at MusicalFare, or MOMMIE QUEEREST at the Alleyway, then by all means, go, go, go. But, if you're interested in an August road trip, then you want a "destination" with lots to do such as The Chautauqua Institution, or The Stratford Festival (or the Shaw Festival) or Broadway!
Anthony has glowing reports for Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge playing to sold-out crowds on Broadway in SEA WALL/A LIFE at the Hudson Theater. And HADESTOWN with André De Shields is worth all of the hype (and the Tonys).
FIRST DATE, musical by Winsberg, Zachary & Weiner directed by Doug Weyand, starring Dudney Joseph, Jr., Dominique Kempf, Kevin Kennedy, Michele Marie Roberts, Marc Sacco. Jul 10-Aug 11, 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
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Steve Vaughan, starring Darryl Semira, Rebecca Elkin. Jul 25-Aug 18, Tue-Sun at 7:15, Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, comedy by Richard Bean presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Andrew Borba. Jul 26- Aug 11. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). https://chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company
THE SOMEWHAT TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD by Mary Lynn Dobson, presented by Aurora Players, directed by Justyne Harris, starring Rick Lattimer. Jul 6-Aug 18, Sat & Sun at 7. Hamlin Park, East Aurora. www.auroraplayers.org Free, outdoor event, weather cancellations posted on Aurora Players Facebook page
BUFFALO INFRINGEMENT FESTIVAL, July 25-Aug 4 in venues all around Buffalo. See the complete schedule at www.infringebuffalo.org/schedule. A sampling of offerings includes (but is certainly not limited to) BABUSHKA with Todd Benzin & Don Gervasi; CAR STORIES (back by popular demand); FORGETMENOT with Diane Almeter Jones; GIRL FIGHT (a stage combat demonstration) with the Brazen Faced Varlets; STOP,*#@*! with TheatreFiguren; TIM JOYCE'S BLOODY T-SHIRT; WOLF PLAYS by Medaille Summer Theater 2019 students.
MOMMIE QUEEREST, camp comedy by Jamie Morris presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Todd Warfield, starring Jimmy Janowski, Michael Blasdell, Michael Seitz, Christopher Standart. Jul 13-Aug 4, Sat at 8 & Sun at 7. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239). www.buffalounitedartists.org
AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada 905-468-2172 / 1-800-511-7429
BRIGADOON, a musical, by Lerner and Loewe, at the Festival Theatre, through October 13
GETTING MARRIED, a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, at the Shaw's Royal George Theatre, through October 13.
ROPE, a thriller by Patrick Hamilton (after Hitchcock) at The Royal George Theatre, through October 12
THE HORSE AND HIS BOY, adapted from C.S. Lewis's Narnia books by Anna Chatterton, at the Festival Theatre, through June 26
THE LADYKILLERS, by Graham Linehan, at the Festival Theatre, through October 12
THE RUSSIAN PLAY, by Hannah Moscovitch, a "Lunchtime One-Act" at the Royal George Theatre, though October 12
SEX, by Mae West, at the Jackie Maxwell Theatre, through October 13
THE GLASS MENAGERIE, by Tennessee Williams, at the Jackie Maxell Theatre, through October 12
VICTORY, by Howard Barker, at the Jackie Maxwell Theatre, through October 12
MAN AND SUPERMAN, by George Bernard Shaw, at Festival Theatre, August 17 through October 5.
AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL, Stratford, ON www.stratfordfestival.ca 1-800-567-1600
FESTIVAL THEATRE: OTHELLO, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
AVON THEATRE: PRIVATE LIVES, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE NEVERENDING STORY, THE CRUCIBLE
STUDIO THEATRE: HENRY VIII, MOHTER'S DAUGHTER, NATHAN THE WISE, BIRDS OF A KIND
Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos