Theater Talk: FIRST DATE and MOMMIE QUEEREST fun summer shows; Anthony reports from Broadway

Jul 19, 2019

Anthony is in NYC, but before he left, both he and Peter enjoyed FIRST DATE starring Marc Sacco and Marie Michelle Roberts at MusicalFare as well as MOMMIE QUEEREST, BUA's "summer camp" send up of the movie "Mommie Dearest." On Broadway, Anthony's seen WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME (a quirky but successful play); AIN'T TOO PROUD (a jukebox musical about The Temptations); and ROLLING STONE (inspired by Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE).

"No wire hangers" screams screams Jimmy Janowksi in MOMMIE QUEEREST, now at the Alleyway Theatre. It's a campy send-up of the Joan Crawford biopic "Mommie Dearest."
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OPENING

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). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

ONGOING

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

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

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

UPCOMING
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. 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

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).

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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