Theater Talk: Chautauqua Opera and Theater go 18th century; Shaw uses dramaturgs and dialect coaches

Jul 26, 2019

The Chautauqua Opera Company is gaga for the 18th century, wrapping up their opera trilogy  - BARBER OF SEVILLE and ¡FIGARO!(90210)  - on Saturday with THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLE, all based on plays by Beaumarchais. At the Bratton Theatre, they've updated Goldoni's ONE SERVANT, TWO MASTERS with ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS. And the discussion continues about theater specialites which are more in demand - the dramaturg and the dialect coach.

In THE GLASS MENAGERIE at The Shaw Festival, there are three distinct regional accents spoken, and it's the job of the dialect coach to help actors. (Pictured is Julia Course who plays "Laura" with a St. Louis accent.)


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).


BUFFALO INFRINGEMENT FESTIVAL, July 25-Aug 4 in venues all around Buffalo. See the complete schedule at 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.

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).

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Steve Vaughan, starring Ben Caldwell, Darryl Semira, Lucas Lloyd, David Wysocki, Rebecca Elkin.  Jul 25-Aug 18, Tue-Sun at 7:15, Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533).

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).

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. Free, outdoor event, weather cancellations posted on Aurora Players Facebook page


THE BEAUMARCHAIS OPERA TRILOGY: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.; Mozart/Guerrerio's ¡FIGARO!(90210) a modern version of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO on Friday, July 26 at 4:00 p.m.; and Corigliano/Hoffman's THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES on Saturday, July 27 at 8:15 p.m. all inspired or based on plays by 18th century playwright Beaumarchais. The Rossini and Mozart operas are at the Norton Theatre on the Chautauqua Institution Ground (tickets required). The Corigliano opera is at the Amphitheater (ticket or general Gate Pass allows entrance to the Amp).

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.

Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos