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The tail-end of the 2011-12 theater season has shaped up to be unexpectedly busy, with several late additions that seem to signal a continued broadening of the city's theater scene to include more material relevant to the city's large African-American population.

"No Stage," a spoken-word performance delivered by Archie "The Messenger" Barlow and company is running through Thursday at Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St.). Earlier this week, Ujima hosted a two-day reading of a new work called "I'm Beautiful: A Work in Progress." Tonight and Saturday, Buffalo East (1410 Main St.) hosts a short run of Anne Paris' play "East Side Mommas."

And on Thursday, Buffalo East will host a production of "Negras Eros," a play about black female sexuality presented by a group known as Company A. The show, described in a release as a "thought provoking exploration of sexuality, culture, eroticism and identity" debuted in North Carolina in 2002. At the time, critic Joann Grose described the play as a three-dimensional reaction to the often one-dimensional images of black women in the media. "Negras Eros," which runs through June 30, is $10 on opening night and $15 for all other performances. Call 604-3677 for more information.

-- Colin Dabkowski