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Parish problem

It's a major get for Buffalo United Artists. The small, grass-roots theater company known for producing tightly directed and usually well-acted plays on and around gay themes, happily shies away from the mainstream. But every once in a while, as for any niche theater company, the mainstream strays into its territory. Such is the case with BUA's production of "Doubt," the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play by John Patrick Shanley about a priest accused of molesting a schoolboy by a stern and unyielding nun who is out to get him.

The show, which opens at 8 tonight in Alleyway Theatre (1 Curtain Up Alley), stars Louis Colaiacovo as Father Flynn, the beleaguered priest at a Bronx school, and Lisa Ludwig as Sister Aloysius, who suspects him of committing an unspeakable crime. The play is a taut exploration of the gray areas between suspicion and accusation; doubt and certainty; and, ultimately, right and wrong.

The show, directed by Javier Bustillos, runs through Oct. 25. For more information, call 886-9239 or visit www.buffalobua.org.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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