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What a weekend

It's a big weekend for Road Less Traveled Productions, the plucky and ambitious theater company headquartered in downtown's Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre.

At 8 tonight in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts in Amherst, Alec Baldwin makes his third visit to town in support of the theater company. This time, he'll read the lead role of Charlie Castle in a staged reading of Clifford Odets' noirish Hollywood thriller "The Big Knife," along with a cast of local stage veterans. Tickets for the sure-to-be mobbed event, which run $60 to $75 with $20 student rush tickets available at the box office, are still available.

And at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, RLTP will open its much-anticipated production of Conor McPherson's "St. Nicholas." The one-man play featuring Irish Classical Theatre co-founder Vincent O'Neill as an Irish theater critic who falls into a demimonde of "big-city vampires," aims to perturb and delight in equal measure.

Tickets for "St. Nicholas" are $15 to $30 (Ticketmaster) with more information online at www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org or call 629-3069.

-- Colin Dabkowski