The coming-out, coming-of-age drama is something of a specialty for Buffalo United Artists. And since the company's inception in 1992, American playwrights have provided the theater with no shortage of material -- some of it side-splitting, some of it heart-wrenching, much of it deeply affecting -- about the struggles and triumphs of young gay men.
From work by established playwrights like Terence McNally to that of relative newcomers such as Alexi Kaye Campbell, Buffalo United Artists has presented some of the best of it.
To that growing oeuvre we can now add "Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins," which opens in the Buffalo United Artists Theatre (119 Chippewa St.) at 8 tonight. The show, by Brian Christopher Williams, centers around 15-year-old Horace Poore (Justin Ryan), a young man beset by the many challenges and temptations of growing up gay in the late 1970s. The show, set in the Adirondacks, takes its title (and some of its dramatic fodder) from the outspoken anti-gay activist Anita Bryant -- who, though long dismissed as a bigot and forgotten by most, remains alive and well and living in Oklahoma. It also stars John N. Kaczorowski, Caitlin Coleman, Wendy Hall, Timothy Patrick Finnegan, Marie Costa and J.R. Finan. Chris Kelly directs.
Tickets to the show, which runs through Feb. 12, are $15 to $23. For more information, call 886-9239 or visit www.buffalobua.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski