Theater Talk: SLOANE and NINE delight; MIKADO, TEMPEST, and BUA open

Jun 21, 2019

As mentioned, the "next" (2019-2020) Artie Award season is well underway and so far the theatrical offerings are simply first rate. For example, Kelli Bocock-Natale and Stan Klimecko a bit too interested in "Mr. Sloane," at Irish Classical, while across Main Street Ben Michael Moran and a cast of fifteen high energy actresses are making NINE the talk of the town.

NINE, directed by Victoria Perez, stars Ben Michael Moran, Aimee Walker, Kelly Copps, and Arianne Davidow at Shea's Smith Theatre.
Credit Second Generation Theatre Facebook post

OPENING

BUA TAKES 10: STONEWALL EDITION, collection of one-act plays presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Jessica K. Rasp, starring Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Tim Goehrig, Adam Kluge, Melissa Leventhal, Matthew Rittler, A Peter Snodgrass, Andrew Zuccari. June 21-30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Alleyway Cabaret, 672 Main St. (886-9239) www.buffalounitedartists.org.
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. Jun 20-Jul 14, Tue-Sun at 7:15, Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

ONGOING

ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE, play by Joe Orton presented by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, directed by Greg Natale, starring Kelli Bocock-Natale, Anthony J. Grande, Stan Klimecko, Gerry Maher. Through Jun 30, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 3 & 7:30, Sun at 2. Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. (853-ICTC). www.irishclassicaltheatre.com

NINE, musical by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston presented by Second Generation Theatre, directed  by Victoria Pérez, starring Ben Michael Moran, Aimee Walker, Arianne Davidow, Kelly Copps, Lisa Ludwig, Mary Gjurich, Sabrina Kahwaty, Nicole Cimato, Charmagne Chi, Leah Berst, Cassidy Kreuzer, Bethany Burrows, Jessie Miller, Anna Fernandez, Stevie Jackson, Julia Murphy, Max Goldhirsch.  Through Jun 30, Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2. Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St. (508-7480). www.secondgenerationtheatre.com

THE SEAT NEXT TO THE KING, play by Steven Elliot Jackson, directed by Todd Fuller, starring Robert Cooke, Xavier Harris. Through Jun 29, Thu-Sat at 8. New Phoenix Theatre, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334). www.newphoenixtheatre.org

CLOSING

GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS, immersive play project by Gordon Farrell, directed by Neal Radice, starring Jamie Nablo, Emily Yancey, Ember Tate, Daniel Greer, John Panepinto, James Cichocki, Trevor Dugan, Gayle Petri, Betsy Bittar, Niki Nowak, Lillian Reszel, Sandra Roberts. Through Jun 22, Thu-Sat at 7:30. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600). www.alleyway.com

MEMORIES & MARTINIS, cabaret-styled memoir presented by O'Connell & Company, directed by Joey Bucheker, starring Mary Kate O’Connell, Charles Basil. Through Jun 23, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. The Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder (848-0800). www.oconnellandcompany.com

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

A TIME TO KILL, courtroom drama adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes, presented by Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Kinzy Brown, Peter Horn, Marc Ruffino, Sandra Gilliam, Larry Smith, Elizabeth Oddy, Bob Lohr, Jeremy Catania, Michael David O'Hear, Ronald Hicks, Kenneth Leman, Justin Chortie, Jacob Sauer, Nathanial Higgins.
Through Jun 30, evening shows arrival at 6, show at 7:30; matinee shows arrival at 1, show at 2:30. Bobby J’s Italian American Grille, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga (395-3207). www.mybobbyjs.com

THE MIKADO, operatta by Gilbert & Sullivan, presented by Opera-Lytes starring Holly Bewlay as Yum-Yum, Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm at the Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N Buffalo St, Springville, NY 14141 (592-9038). www.springvillearts.com

UPCOMING

THE CHRISTIANS, play by Lucas Hnath presented by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Taibi Magar, featuring the Chautauqua Choir.  Jun 28-Jul 14. 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

Listings adapted from Javier Bustillos