GODOT RODEO: Six one-act plays riffing on Waiting for Godot presented by Buffalo Writers’ Theater. Through June 25 at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant Street, 716-885-9535.
HAY FEVER: A farce by Noel Coward, in which the eccentric members of the Bliss family invite guests to their country estate. High-toned hilarity ensues. Through June 25 at the Irish Classical Theatre’s Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street, 716-853-4282, irishclassicaltheatre.com.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: Shakespeare in Delaware Park opens its 2017 season with Sir John Falstaff and an all-female cast. Runs June 22-July 16 on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park.
RADIUM GIRLS: The Subversive Theatre Collective’s Youth Series present the infamous story of female factory workers who used radium-based paint that slowly poisoned them, and the impact of their plight on the labor movement. Starring students from Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Runs June 22-July 1 at the Manny Fried Theatre, 3rd floor, Great Arrow Building, 255 Great Arrow Avenue, 716-408-0499, subversivetheatre.org.
PLUS, AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL:
1837: THE FARMERS’ REVOLT: A play about the Rebellions of 1837, which led eventually to Canadian nationhood.
1979: More Canadian history, this one a comedy about former Joe Clark, prime minister for just 10 months.
ANDROCLES AND THE LION: An interactive take on Shaw’s re-telling of the well-known fable.
DANCING AT LUGHNASA: 1990 memory play by Irishman Brian Friel.
THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE III: Alan Bennett play about the monarch’s struggles with mental illness.
ME AND MY GIRL: Musical comedy from the 1930s, revised by Stephen Fry in the 1980s.
SAINT JOAN: Shaw’s study of the sainted French military hero and martyr.
WILDE TALES: Four stories by Oscar Wilde adapted for the stage.
Playing now at the Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.
PLUS, AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
BAKKHAI: In Euripides’s play, Dionysos arrives in Thebes, bent on revenge.
THE CHANGELING: Treachery, madness, murder, lust—all the elelments of a Jacobean tragedy.
GUYS AND DOLLS: Frank Loesser’s classic musical.
HMS PINAFORE: Gilbert and Sullivan’s high-seas operetta.
ROMEO AND JULIET: Shakespeare’s second-most frustrating tragedy.
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL: Witty society comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
TIMON OF ATHENS: How not to succeed in business, win friends, and influence people?
TREASURE ISLAND: Adapted for the stage by Nicolas Billon.
TWELFTH NIGHT: A comedy with everything: a shipwreck, sassy servants, cross-dressing, a dissolute uncle.
THE VIRGIN TRIAL: A thriller about the young Princess Elizabeth navigating Tudor intrigues.
Season previews opening this week at the Stratford Festival, 55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.
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