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What a summer we’ve had so far! The weather has been wonderful and while the theatrical offerings are quite a bit less in the summer than during the fall, winter and spring, their quality has been excellent. Speaking of the fall, there are so many wonderful productions opening in September: DOUBT, THE PROM, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, and ROCK OF AGES, just to name a few. But they are all in September and I’m here to give you a preview of August. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to see in the final month of summer:

At MusicalFare Theatre the critically acclaimed and widely attended production of A GENTLEMAN’S GUDIE TO LOVE AN MURDER closes on August 7th. If you haven’t yet seen this hilarious Tony Award winning musical (and if you can still get tickets) you owe it to yourself to get there. At Shakespeare in Delaware Park A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM continues through August 21st. Shakespeare in Delaware Park shows run Tuesday through Sundays and the weather so far has been just perfect for your outdoor enjoyment of the Bard. There’s no charge for admission (there is a pass the hat moment during intermission) and make sure you bring a blanket and possibly something to eat and drink. The Buffalo INFRINGEMENT FESTIVAL runs through August 7th. This festival consists of approx.. 200 performances in 32 venues. Go to https://bif22.infringebuffalo.org/schedule/ for a performance calendar.

At Niagara on the Lake in Canada, the Shaw Festival season is in full swing and you can see all nine of their productions just in the month of August! Performances in August at the Festival Theatre include THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, DAMN YANKEES and THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA. At the Royal George Theatre GASLIGHT, CHITRA and JUST TO GET MARRIED are onstage this month. Finally, in the Studio Theatre, EVERYBODY, TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD, and GEM OF THE OCEAN round out the August productions at Shaw.

Cabarets at MusicalFare this month include Terrie George’s tribute to Bette Midler, DIVINE: THE SONGS AND STORIES OF BETTE MIDLER on August 12th. On August 20th Drew Fornarola plays the cabaret in DREW FORNAROLA AND FRIENDS: SONGS I WISH I’D WRITTEN (AND SOME I DID.)

There’s your August theatrical offerings. Enjoy the summer and enjoy the theatre!

Randall Kramer is the Artistic and Executive Director of MusicalFare Theatre, a Past President of the Boards of Arts Services Initiative and the Theatre Alliance of Buffalo, and a steering committee member of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance.