Theater Talk: RUSSIANS and SEX at The Shaw; CHRISTIANS at Chautauqua; MOMMIE QUEEREST at BUA

Jul 12, 2019

Even though society may look down on her, she's still in control, and we could be talking about the flower girl, "Sonya," in THE RUSSIAN PLAY by Hanna Moscovitch or Margy, the prostitute in Mae West's SEX, both of whom forego money for love, but "it's complicated." These two seemingly different plays just opened and continue the conversation started when Shawfest presented GBW's MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION several seasons back.

In THE RUSSIAN PLAY at The Shaw Festival Mike Nadajewski is the rich man's son Kostya who is in love with Gabrella Sundar Singh as Sonya, but she's not so sure.
Credit The Shaw Festival

OPENING

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

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

CLOSING

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

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; Mozart/Guerrerio's FIGARO (90210) a modern version of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO; and Corigliano/Hoffman's THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES all inspired or based on plays by 18th century playwright Beaumarchais. The Rossini and Mozart are at the Norton Theatre on the Chautauqua Institution Grounds. The Corigliano, one night only July 28, at at the Amphitheater (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

Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos