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A special benefit will be held tonight and tomorrow night for Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York with a premiere of Matthew Crehan Higgins' "Confessions." Director David Granville describes Higgins as "a 21-year-old South Buffalo guy of extraordinary talent and scope."

Presented in a staged reading at Buffalo United Artists, the 90-minute play consists of 50 monologues - some based on actual interviews, others invented - of gay men struggling with the trials of coming out. In addition to the playwright, the cast will include Brian Cardamone, Paul Kenjarski, Kevin McIntyre and Brant Adamczy, playing a variety of roles.

Tickets for tonight are $25 and include a champagne reception. Saturday tickets are $15 and $10 students. Both performances will be held at BUA's Upstairs Cabaret, 884 Main St. For tickets call 886-9239.

Buffalo United Artists will continue its season with "Rebecca" from Oct. 26 to Nov. 17, then follow it with "P.S., Your Cat Is Dead." The play, by James Kirkwood, who wrote "Chorus Line," opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 22. To celebrate BUA's 10th year, Mart Crowley's "Boys in the Band," a play from the theater's second year, will be presented sometime in January.

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