Theater Talk: Two Shrews, Two Torn Space Openings

Aug 19, 2016

By coincidence, two regional theater companies have presented Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, at the same time, and both close this weekend. Chautauqua wraps up their "gender bender" take (the shrew is a guy) tonight. Shakespeare in Delaware Park concludes Sunday evening with their "pirate" themed version.  Meanwhile, check out Torn Space Theater for some pushing-the-boundaries performance art this weekend (see below for details).

A gender-bender at Chautauqua with Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at the Bratton Theatre.

OPENING

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) www.tornspacetheater.com

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. www.tornspacetheater.com

CLOSING

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). www.ciweb.org

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). www.shakespeareindelawarepark.org

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). www.mybobbyjs.com

MUSICALFARE PREMIER CABARET- 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). www.musicalfare.com