Theater Talk: LOST IN YONKERS delights at Desiderio's; Stratford and Shaw actors keep it fresh

Aug 16, 2019

Ellen Horst is the stern Holocaust survivor, Grandma Kurntiz, admonishing her daughter Bella (Diane DiBernardo) and her two grandsons, played by Ayden Herreid and Timothy Whipple, who get some great Neil Simon gag lines in LOST IN YONKERS. Out of town, there's fun for all at both The Stratford Festival and The Shaw Festival when actors take on wildly contrasting roles in different plays in repertory, such as Stratford's OTHELLO and THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR on stage this summer.

LOST IN YONKERS, Neil Simon's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play is at Desiderio's Dinner Theater Thursday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. All cast photo courtesy of Jay Desiderio
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 LOST IN YONKERS, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning (1991) play by Neil Simon presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Lisa Ludwig, starring, Ellen Horst, Diane DiBernardo, Elliot Fox, Ayden Herreid, Timothy Whipple, Kevin Nagel, Kelly Cammarata. Through Sep 29, Thu & Sat, dinner at 6, show at 7:30; Sun, dinner at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). CLOSINGLOVE'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, Marissa Biondolillo, Gretchen Martino, Jamie Nablo, Nathanial W.C. Higgins, Tom Loughlin, Larry Smith, Charles Wahl, Nicholas Lama, Peter Horn, Melissa Leventhal, Jay Wollin. Through Aug 18, Tue-Sun at 7:15, Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). THE SOMEWHAT TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD by Mary Lynn Dobson, presented by Aurora Players Theatre in Hamlin Park, directed by Justyne Harris, starring Rick Lattimer. Aug 17 & 18, Sat & Sun at 7. Hamlin Park, East Aurora. Free, outdoor event, weather cancellations posted on Aurora Players Facebook page SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS FEAST, original site-inspired spectacle presented by Torn Space Theater written & directed by Dan Shanahan and Melissa Meola. Aug 9-18, Fri-Sun, doors open at 6:30, performance at 7. Silo City, 100 Silo City Row (768-1109). OUT OF TOWN AT THE CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION (1-1/2 hour drive from downtown Buffalo) ON THE EXHALE by Martin Zimmerman, directed by Patrick Walsh. Chautauqua Theater Company: New Play Workshop: When the tragedy of mass shootings hits home, one mother finds herself inexplicably drawn to the weapon that changed her life forever.Bratton Theater Friday, August 16 at 4 and Sunday, August 18 at 2:15.  355by Preston Max Allen and Jessica Kahkoska, directed by Estefania Fadul. Chautauqua Theater Company: New Play Workshop: Based on a true story: during the Revolutionary War, an unidentified female spy helped George Washington and his army to victory. Today, a contemporary all-female band is determined to figure out who she was. Bratton Theater Saturday, August 17, at 4, and Sunday, August 18 at 8.  OUT OF TOWN AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada 905-468-2172 / 1-800-511-7429 (a 1-hour drive from downtown Buffalo) 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 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. OUT OF TOWN AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL, Stratford, ON 1-800-567-1600 (A 2-1/2 hour drive from downtown Buffalo) AT THE FESTIVAL THEATRE: OTHELLO by William Shakespeare through October 27  BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL by Lee Hall and Elton John extended through November 10THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare through October 26THE FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur adapted by Michael Healey through October 25 AT THE AVON THEATRE: PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward through October 26 LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken through November 2 THE NEVERENDING STORY based upon the novel by Michael Ende, adapted by David S. Craig through November 3 THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller through October 25 AT THE STUDIO THEATRE: HENRY VIII by William Shakespeare extended through October 27MOTHER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Hennig through October 13NATHAN THE WISE by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in a version by Edward Kemp extended through October 19 BIRDS OF A KIND by Wajdi Mouawd through October 13 Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos