Theater Talk: Shea's new sheriff, a matinee for BUA (oh my!) and a special at MusicalFare

Aug 12, 2016

Michael Murphy of the highly regarded Old Globe Theatre in San Diego has been chosen as successor to Anthony Conte, president of Shea's Performing Arts Center (and the Smith Theatre and Shea's 710 Main). 

While Shea's is a presenting theater, the Globe is a producing theater, so we might see some changes in the future. In the meantime, we have two different "shrews" to enjoy - a gender bender at Chautauqua and a pirate themed "shrew" at Shakespeare in Delaware Park. And, by popular demand, an extra performance of IT'S ONLY A PLAY (Buffalo United Artists at the Alleyway Theatre) has been added - a matinee this Saturday, August 13 at 4 p.m. in addition to the final performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.  If you enjoyed SISTERS OF SWING at Musicalfare, not to mention EVITA, then you've enjoyed the vocal talents of Michele Marie Roberts, who joins her "sisters" in a one-night-only show, WHERE THE GIRLS ARE, at Musical Fare - this Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m.  And, since almost all Buffalo actors have "day jobs" we ask what it's like to work all day, be on stage at night, try to sleep, and be at work the next morning.

Michele Marie Roberts, with friends Wendy Hall and Renee Landrigan present WHERE THE GIRLS ARE at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St. Amherst on Saturday, August 113 at 8 p.m.

OPENING

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, a comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Andrew Borba. August 12-19.  Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6250).

ONGOING

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, a comedy by William Shakespeare presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Steve Vaughan, starring Bonnie Jean Taylor, Chris Hatch, Zev Steinberg, Marissa Puzutto, Norm Sham, Adam Yellen, Marc Ruffino, David Lundy, Rolando Gomez.  Through August 21 Tuesday-Sunday at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533).

CLOSING

IT’S ONLY A PLAY, comedy by Terrence McNally presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Anthony Alcocer, Anthony Chase, Adam Hayes, Jimmy Janowski, Lisa Ludwig, Mary Kate O’Connell, Michael Seitz. Through August 14, Saturday at 8, Sunday at 7. Added performance on August 13 at 4.  Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239).

THE MUSIC MAN, the beloved musical by Meredith Willson, directed by Debby Swartz, starring Beau Bradshaw, Jill Anderson. Through August 14, Thursday at 7, Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614).

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

LOOKING, a comedy by Norm Foster presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Don Gervasi, Marc-Jon Filippone, Lisa Hinca, Tammy Reger.  Through August 28. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207).

MUSICALFARE PREMIER CABARET- Where the Girls Are starring Wendy Hall, Renee Landrigan, Michele Marie Roberts, August 13 at 8; The Music of Cole Porter with The Phil Sims Cabaret Big Band featuring Katy Miner, August 20 at 4 & 8. Paul Marinaro, August 27 at 4 & 8. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).

UPCOMING

BURDEN, Torn Space Theater’s fourth and newest performance installation for Silo City. August 18-21, Thursday-Sunday at 6, 7, 8, & 9 p.m. 20 Childs St. (Silo City Way)

MY VOICE HAS AN ECHO IN IT, a six-hour durational performance of live music, spoken text and video presented by Torn Space Theater, created by Temporary Distortion. August 19 & 20 at 5. The Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave.