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In April, Alemaedae Theatre Productions made a big splash on the local theater scene with its jarring co-production, with Ujima Theatre, of "Zooman and the Sign." That play, a hard look into urban poverty, violence and racism, had chilling parallels to Buffalo's struggles with those very issues.

Now, Alemaedae is mounting the latest of several original productions, this time taking its message to Buffalo East, the small theatrical venue at 1410 Main St., that's now home base for the American Repertory Theatre of Western New York. The show, "F.B.E." (that stands for "Family Before Everything") was co-written by Alemaedae's director Phil Davis and frequent collaborator Taura "Chyna" Stephens. It centers on a family struggling with poverty, drugs and the potential fracturing of the fragile bonds that connect its members.

The show previews at 8 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo East, opens Friday and runs through Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 602-6253 or visit for more info.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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