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PETER PAN, musical based on the play by James M. Barrie presented by Curtain Up! Productions, directed by Christopher Parada. Jul 10-20, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3. The Historic Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave., Lockport (438-1130)

The May Queen at Chautauqua

This week the Chautauqua Theater Company opens a brand new play, The May Queen, by Molly Smith Metzler. The work, directed by company artistic director Vivienne Benesch is the second play specially commissioned by CTC and the Writer’s Center. Here’s the overview: “Everyone who graduated from Kingston High School Class of ’96 wonders what happened to their May Queen, Jen Nash. When she suddenly resurfaces in her hometown, no one is more excited than Mike Petracca, a former flame who still carries an obsessive torch for her. But the reunion is a far cry from what they expected.”

With a resident acting company that employs the most gifted actors from the nation’s most prestigious theater programs, Chautauqua remains a regional Mecca for matching todays established stars with the stars of tomorrow. This play promises to explore the ways in which human beings touch each other’s lives—sometimes without even realizing.

Side by Side by Sondheim

Of the musical revues that seek to celebrate the career of a single songwriter, a few stand out: Ain’t Misbehavin’ celebrates Fats Waller; And the World Goes Round honored Kander and Ebb. In the top tier, we would also need to count Side by Side by Sondheim, a clever pastiche of Stephen Sondheim tunes that reveals his genius. This is the man whose career dominates the American theater of the later 20th century, from his lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy, to experimental shows like Anyone Can Whistle and The Frogs; to concept shows like Follies, Pacific Overtures, and Company. MusicalFare opens a production of this venerable Sondheim sampling with some esteemed talent:, Kelli Bocock-Natale, Bobby Cooke, John Kaczorowski, and Jenn Stafford, under the direction of Chris Kelly. Expect fun and invention.

- Anthony Chase


MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, touring production of the musical by Jeanie Linders, produced by GFour Productions, presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino, directed by Seth Greenleaf. Through Jul 20, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2 & 6. 710 Main Theatre, 710 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, musical revue featuring the songs of Stephen Sondheim, directed by Chris Kelly, starring Kelli Bocock-Natale, Bobby Cooke, John Kaczorowski, Jenn Stafford. Through Aug 9, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).


ASSASSINS, musical by Stephen Sondheim presented by Second Generation Theatre Company, directed by Chris Cavanagh, starring Jonathan Young, Ben Puglisi, Phil Farugia, Steve Copps, Geoff Pictor, Jacob Albarella, Nick Lama, Arin Dandes, Michele Benzin, Eric Rawski. Through Jul 13, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 Johnson Park (864-0938).

HENRY V, history play by William Shakespeare, presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Saul Elkin, starring Patrick Moltane, Tim Newell, Adam Rath, Scot A. Kaitanowski, Gerry Maher, Tom Loughlin, Darleen Pickering Hummert, Marie Costa, Arianne Davidow. Through Jul 13, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill, Delaware Park, behind the Rose Garden (856-4533)

Special Presentations:

IT HAPPENED HERE, performance piece created by Mark Goldman, directed by Eve Everett, starring Rolando Gomez, Don Capers, Loraine O’Donnell, Lawrence Shine, Joe Giambra. Through Aug 11, Mon at 7. Canalside Ruins near the Erie Canal Harbor. Free admission.

SAVING GRACE, comedy by Jack Sharkey, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Katherine Parker, Rob Dziechciarz, Rob Zahm, Alley Griffin, Jay Wollen. Through Aug 24, Thu & Sat dinner at 6 & show at 7:30; Sun, dinner at 1:00 & show at 2:30 (no show Jul 27). Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster (683-7767).


THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, comedy William Shakespeare, presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Steve Vaughan, starring Adriano Gatto, Nathan Winkelstein, Steve Braddock, Greg Gjurich, Nick Lama, Norm Sham, Lisa Ludwig. Jul 24-Aug 17, Tue-Sun at 7:30. Shakespeare Hill, Delaware Park, behind the Rose Garden (856-4533).

DETOUR, by Martin Goldsmith, presented by Torn Space Theater, directed by Matthew Sekellick starring, Andrew Kottler, Becky Globus, James Heffron. Jul 17-26, Thu at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8; plus Jul 23 & 27 at 7:30. The Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. (812-5733).

HECUBA AGAIN, staged reading of Frank Canino’s adaptation of the play by Euripides, presented by Albert Invincible Theatre as part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival, starring Kathleen Betsko Yale, Darleen Pickering Hummert, Jennifer Gold, Virgina Brannon, Victoria Perez, Joy Scime, Brianna LaNoye, Verneice Turner, Alexander Utz. Jul 24 a7, Jul 28 at 6 & Jul 31 at 7. Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St. (883-0995).

THE LOCAL ONE-ACT SHOWCASE, presented by American Repertory Theater of WNY as part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival, featuring works by Maura Nolan, Mark C Lloyd, Matthew Bolye, Megan Kemple, Brianna Lanoye, Celine Keefe. Jul 24 at 7 & 9:30, Jul 25 & 26 at 9 & 11, Aug 1 & 2 at 9 & 11. ART in the Box 16 Linwood Ave. (634-1102).

MARY POPPINS, musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, directed by Randall Kramer, starring Emilie Renier. Jul 31-Aug 8, Thu & Fri at 8, Sat & Sun at 2, plus Aug 6 & 7 at 2. Artpark Main Stage, 450 South 4th St., Lewiston (1-888-223-6000).

THE MAY QUEEN, new play by Molly Smith Metzler, presented by Chautauqua Theater Company. Jul 18-27. Bratton Theater, Chautauqua Institution (357-6250).

ONE-ACT WEDNESDAYS, one act plays by Christopher Durang presented by Buffalo Repertory Awards Theater. Jul 30-Aug 27, Wed at 5:30. Canalside Ruins near the Erie Canal Harbor. Free admission.

THE POLICE, farce by Slawomir Mrozek presented by Subversive Theatre WNY as part of the Buffalo Infringement Festival, directed by Kurt Schneiderman, starring Michael Starzynski, Danica Riddick, Carlton Franklin, Xavier Harris, David C. Mitchell. Jul 24-Aug 2, Thu-Sat at 8. The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).

POSEIDON! AN UPSIDE DOWN MUSICAL by David Cera, presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Todd Warfield, starring Jimmy Janowski, Jeffrey Coyle, Eric Rawski, Kerrykate Abel, Tyler Brown, Joey Bucheker, Bebe Bvlgari, Maria Droz, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Christopher Standart, Michael Seitz. Jul 25-Aug 17, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (886-9239).