ANNIE: Little Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks close out the season, June8-24, at Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, 683-1776, lancopera.org.
LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN: We can resist anything but a little Oscar Wilde. Beckon summer with a flick of the wrist: Through June 24 at the Irish Classical Theatre Company, Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street, 853-4282, irishclassicaltheatre.com. Broadway stars will perform
LATE NIGHT WITH THE CAST: Buffalo United Artists and Alleyway Theatre present a one-night-only, after-hours cabaret performance featuring the cast of Love Never Dies, the touring broduction of the sequal to The Phantom of the Opera currently playing Shea’s. Broadway stars will perform selections from their favorite musicals in a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the ECMC Immunodeficiency Clinic. Minimum donation is $25 and pre-purchase of tickets is highly recommended. Friday June 8, 11pm at Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley, 852-2600, alleyway.com.
LOVE NEVER DIES: New touring production of the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, through June 10 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 650 Main Street, 847-0850, sheas.org.
THE RED DRESS: Biographical drama set in 1920s Berlin: A popular film actress and anti-Nazi political activist marries a World War I veteran turned filmmaker who becomes embroiled in the Goebbels propoganda machine. Through June 23 at New Phoenix Theatre in the Park, 95 Johnson Park, 853-1334, newphoenixtheatre.org.
COMEDYSPORTZ: Improvisational comedy every Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm at CSz Buffalo, 4476 Main Street, Amherst, 393-8669, cszbuffalo.com.
CSz AFER HOURS: Late(ish) comedy for the 18+ crowd every Saturday, 9:30pm at CSz Buffalo, 4476 Main Street, Amherst, 393-8669, cszbuffalo.com.
DIVA BY DIVA & GENTLEMEN PREFER DIVAS: Long-running and popular revues featuring songs, readings, humor, and more—by and about (but not exclusively for) women. At O’Connell & Company, in residence at the Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, 848-0800, oconnellandcompany.com.
AT THE SHAW FESTIVAL:
THE BARONESS AND THE PIG: A Pygmalion-like tale, but with a baroness instead of a patronizing professor. Opens June 7.
GRAND HOTEL: Tony-award-winning musical based on the 1932 film based on the 1929 novel, set in 1920s Berlin.
THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW: The world premiere of an adaptation of what is either the first or the sixth (depending on what edition you have) of C. S. Lewis’s The Narnia Chronicles.
MYTHOS: A TRILOGY: GODS. HEROES. MEN: Three plays, 1,000 years of Greek mythology, digested by the ingenious British comedian Stephen Fry. It’s a world premiere, and you can see just one, just two, or all three.
OF MARRIAGE AND MEN: Two shorts by Shaw on the subject of marriage: How He Lied to Her Husband and The Man of Destiny.
O’FLAHERTY, V.C.: The Irish and World War I—it’s complicated. A lunch hour one-act.
THE ORCHARD (AFTER CHEKHOV): Imagine The Cherry Orchard re-cast with a Punjabi Sikh family who are trying to protect their orchard in the Okanagan Valley. Opens June 7.
STAGE KISS: Exes in “real” life are cast as lovers on stage in the comedy by Sarah Ruhl.
Playing now at the Shaw Festival, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 1-800-511-7429, shawfest.com.
AT THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
BRONTE: THE WORLD WITHOUT: ”Three sisters live in poverty with their ailing father and dissolute, dying brother, jealously guarding the secrets of their disappointed hearts.”
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS: Slapstick, mistaken identity, ribald puns, in one of Shakespeare’s first comedies.
CORIOLANUS: One of Shakespeare’s later, grimmer tragedies.
AN IDEAL HUSBAND: Oscar Wilde’s comedy about politics and blackmail.
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT: Really just about the opposite, in every imaginable way, of the production above. Eugene O’Neill at the absolute top of his game dramatizing the bottom.
THE MUSIC MAN: And the pendulum (with a capital “P” and that rhymes with…) swings again. Meredith Willson’s classic musical.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: Dan Chameroy fills Frank-N-Furter’s fishnets. Drinks before, during, after the show.
THE TEMPEST: Ban, ban, Ca-caliban has a new master.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.
Playing now at the Stratford Festival, 55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, 1-800-567-1600, stratfordfestival.ca.
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