Theater Talk: MOCKINGBIRD on Broadway has that snappy Sorkin dialog; TEMPEST continues to delight

Jul 5, 2019

Anthony is back after a short trip to NYC where he saw his favorite MY FAIR LADY (again!) at Lincoln Center and TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD at the Schubert (the updated Aaron Sorkin version that's coming to the Kavinoky in the fall)! And THE TEMPEST continues to delight at Shakespeare in Delaware Park (especially with comic masters Chris Handley and Norm Sham - see photo).

THE TEMPEST at Shakespeare in Delaware Park features the comic genius of (L-R) Chris Handley and Norm Sham, here with Phil Wackerfuss as Caliban.
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The musical FIRST DATE  opens next week and brings together "blind date newbie" Aaron who is set up with serial-dater Casey, as the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening as other restaurant patrons transform into friends and exes and parents. And there's considerable buzz about SEX by Mae West at The Shaw Festival and good things too about the Shaw's treatment of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, both at the Jackie Maxwell Theatre (adjecent to the larger Festival Theatre).

OPENING

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

ONGOING

THE CHRISTIANS, play by Lucas Hnath presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Taibi Magar, featuring the Chautauqua Choir.  Through Jul 14. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6437). https://chq.org/chautauqua-theater-company

THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Saul Elkin, starring David Marciniak, Christine Turturro, Robyn Lee Horn, Phil Wackerfuss, David Lundy, Brendan Cunningham, Brett Klaczyk. Brendan Didio, Tom Makar, Chris J. Handley, Norman Sham. Through Jul 14, Tue-Sun at 7:15, Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

UPCOMING

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

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

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

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

Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos