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'Buffalo Quickies' is a rite of spring in the theater community

The math is impressive: since 1992, Alleyway Theatre’s “Buffalo Quickies” festival has been responsible for 197 one-act plays, including 119 world premieres and 67 regional premieres. Festival coordinator Joyce Stilson directed 149 of those plays, which have featured 136 actors performing in 521 roles.

The annual festival is a springtime rite of passage in the theater community, the harbinger of fresh talent, new voices and exciting debuts. Stilson returns to direct this year’s 25th installation, which features new short plays by some of the area’s most prolific playwrights: Matt Boyle, Anna Kay France, Donna Hoke, Mark C. Lloyd, Camilla Maxwell, Mike Randall, Jennifer Tromble, Winifred Storms and Jon Elston. This year’s cast includes familiar “Quickies” faces Bethany Sparacio, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Stephanie Bax, Tyler Brown, Michael Starzynski and Edith Grossman.

The festival also includes the winner of the 2015 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, which receives its debut every year on this bill. If previous years’ one-acts are any indication, expect a sampler platter of Alleyway’s off-Broadway sensibilities, including comedic mayhem, political subversion, sentimental drama, perhaps an alien spaceship landing to earth.

“Buffalo Quickies” plays Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley) through April 9 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. General admission is $25, students $13. The theater indicates the show is suitable for adults and teens. Tickets are available on, at 852-2600 and at the box office.

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