Niagara Gazette

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April 10, 2014

Shaw Fest players get their acts together


Niagara Gazette — “Cabaret” goes into previews at the Festival’s large theater this afternoon (2 p.m., still available). Then come “The Charity That Began at Home” in the Court House where the festival was born in 1963, and “When We Are Married” in the Royal George May 7.

Later openings include works by Tennessee Williams, Sean O’Casey, the romantic comedy “Philadelphia Story” (precursor to “High Society”) and the monumental “The Mountaintop,” focusing on the late Dr. Martin Luther King. Hundreds of thousands of walkers, gawkers, hawkers and lovers of live, extravagant theater will test the town until at least Oct. 26.

For now, though, the Shaw Festival is at its laid-back finest, not always flawless, but always fun.

Doug Smith began covering theater in 1968, and baseball 20 years before that. Signal back at

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