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It's not often that high school theater productions make their way onto the Western New York theater scene. But next Friday, Subversive Theatre's Manny Fried Playhouse will play host to a production of "Tick, Tick Boom!", a three-character musical by Jonathan Larson ("Rent") performed by students from the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts.

The show, which takes a look at the life of a starving artist trying to make ends meet in New York City, is co-directed and performed by Daniel Henderson (whose face is familiar to Subversive Theatre regulars), Vanessa Elder and Connor Graham. The three high school collaborators got a little help with the show from former BAVPA student and original "Rent" cast member Jesse L. Martin, who paid for the royalty costs.

"This production is sure to be a fantastic example of success in the flawed system we call the Buffalo Public Schools," Henderson wrote in an e-mail about the show. "It will be an opportunity for the theatrical community of Buffalo to see the enormous talent and dedication to the arts that my generation possesses."

The production runs through May 22 in the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.) Tickets are $13 to $18. For more information, call 408-0499 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

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