Three Summertime Shows
by Anthony Chase
A quick preview of a few local productions
BETTE AND JOAN: THE FINAL CURTAIN
It’s 1989 and screen icon Bette Davis is on her deathbed. Who should be sent to ease the great actress’ passage to the other side? Why none other than her arch enemy Joan Crawford, who happily takes on the malicious task. Originally created by Foursight Theatre Co. UK, Buffalo United Artists is eager to present this bitch fest as their annual foray into “summer camp.” Best of all, the production stars the fabulous Jimmy Janowski as Crawford and hilarious Christopher Standart as Davis. The production opens this week and plays through August 16th at Alleyway’s Main Street Cabaret, 672 Main St. (716-886-9239).
In his 1959 classic absurdist play, Eugene Ionesco playfully explores the dangers of conformity in a small French town where, one by one, the citizens turn into rhinoceroses. Presented by Subversive Theatre the production has been directed by Albert Falcone and plays through August 15th at The Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (716-408-0499).
Mourning turns to joy in Shakespeare’s comedy about a twin brother and sister separated by a shipwreck, and a widowed countess who thinks she’s found love in a young man who is actually a girl in drag. Following actual Elizabethan performance practices and the recent Broadway production starring Mark Rylance as the Countess Oliva, Shakespeare in Delaware Park is embarking on a production with an all-male cast featuring festival favorite Tim Newell as Olivia. The production continues through August 16th, Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park (856-4533).
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