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In late February, as news about Trayvon Martin's death and the circumstances around it spread, a million cries of injustice went up in cities across the United States. Those cries took various shapes and forms, from community vigils to the Million Hoodie March in New York City. They also arise in the work of Archie "The Messenger" Barlow, who brings "No Stage," his performance of poetry and theater, to the Road Less Traveled Theatre (639 Main St.) for a two-week run, opening at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Barlow, a graduate of the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, has begun to make a name for himself as a poet and spoken-word performer in his adopted home of Baltimore. "No Stage," which features Barlow and partner Jo'rell "Lyrical" Whitfield, tells the story of two young black men struggling to make their lives work in the inner city.

"I hope this play plants seeds that will foster communication between all members of the community at large in Buffalo," Barlow said in a statement. "There is a racial dynamic in this country that no longer exists as an undertone, but as a blatant disregard for basic human rights and there has to be an uproar in Buffalo and across the country, to signal that no man, woman, or child deserves to have their life taken from them at the hands of another."

Tickets to the show, which runs through June 21, are $20, $15 for students and $10 for seniors. For more information, call 444-3016 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski