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Subversive Theatre and the New Phoenix are teaming up again, another in a nearly decade-long collaboration on plays centered around injustice. The pairing’s previous outings include such political tales as “Waiting for Lefty,” “Inherit the Wind” and “On the Waterfront.” Add to that a new production of Abby Mann’s “Judgment at Nuremberg,” adapted from the famous 1961 film …

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Politics makes you gag, doesn’t it? It’s a gross, slimy, bilious fact. Beau Willimon’s “Farragut North” pulls back a tiny corner of a presidential campaign’s blood-soaked veil. It covers a mere 24 hours in the week before the crucial Iowa caucus, an epic time for an embattled campaign staff. But it feels even grander than that. It plays as opera, except it’s far too close…

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Actor Tim Joyce is a character actor, through and through. If you’ve seen him on stage with Subversive Theatre Collective, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, or virtually any other company, or if you’ve caught his stand-up comedy act, you know his type: dry, acerbic, bitter, sour. Joyce spoils assumptions, though, revealing the humor in our darkest pain, the still-beating hear…

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Given what you might know about theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gargantuan budgets and blockbuster receipts, you might understand the hesitancy felt by some, including this theatergoer, to news in 2011 of his new “The Wizard of Oz.” The hypercolorized London (and later, North American) productions would cast their Dorothys via a reality show. It would recycle Har…

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“Buffalo Quickies,” Alleyway Theatre’s festival of one-act plays, is a spring ritual, the presentation of world and regional premieres written by playwrights near and far. It has been a breeding ground for first-time playwrights, a launching pad for full productions, and a showcase for the theater’s annual Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. This year’s installation celeb…

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“Buffalo Quickies,” Alleyway Theatre’s festival of one-act plays, is a spring ritual, the presentation of world and regional premieres written by playwrights near and far. It has been a breeding ground for first-time playwrights, a launching pad for full productions, and a showcase for the theater’s annual Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. This year’s installation celeb…

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Anne Frank’s diary may be the greatest paradox in modern literature. According to Jewish principles of goodwill, the most ideal exchange of charity is one in which neither the giver nor the receiver know each other’s identity. Only then is the transaction unconditional and pure. We, of course, know who Anne Frank is. Her intimate expressions now belong to the world, a rea…

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Anne Frank’s diary may be the greatest paradox in modern literature. According to Jewish principles of goodwill, the most ideal exchange of charity is one in which neither the giver nor the receiver know each other’s identity. Only then is the transaction unconditional and pure. We, of course, know who Anne Frank is. Her intimate expressions now belong to the world, a rea…

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The math is impressive: since 1992, Alleyway Theatre’s “Buffalo Quickies” festival has been responsible for 197 one-act plays, including 119 world premieres and 67 regional premieres. Festival coordinator Joyce Stilson directed 149 of those plays, which have featured 136 actors performing in 521 roles. The annual festival is a springtime rite of passage in the theater com…

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After a brief hiatus, dinner theater impresario Jay Desiderio is back. The prolific Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre company re-opened last weekend in a back room of the family’s sprawling new restaurant, Bobby J’s Italian American Grille. Jay is the theater’s director and runs the Cheektowaga restaurant and banquet facility with his brother Bob. The brothers’ adult children ar…

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Is there anything Brian Mysliwy can’t do? In “Fully Committed,” Becky Mode’s comedy, now on stage at Irish Classical Theatre, the actor does it all — 45 characters in 90 uninterrupted minutes. Mathematically speaking, that allows for a mere two minutes per character, which would be an absurd reduction of what’s really going on here. Mode’s play presents itself first as en…

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She’s back, bless her heart. Dixie Longate, that Southern belle with the colorful vocabulary, that roadside prophet with the moonshine wisdom, that decadent diva who won’t let anyone have a bad time or steal her whiskey drink. You might remember Dixie from her last visit to Shea’s Smith Theatre, when her Tupperware party touched down and saved all our souls. She has a way…

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That Chris Botti and his jazz ensemble played on the coldest night this year, thus far, did not go unnoticed. The world-famous trumpeter touched down for a repeat performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday night, just in time for Valentine’s weekend. Jazz, at its best, is hot and cold in the same breath, but never lukewarm. Passionate, flaming, regret…

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Subversive Theatre’s first production of the new year is, by now, not a new story, though it’s still relevant and still piercing. “Keely and Du” tells of a pregnant woman, Keely, kidnapped by two Right-to-Life extremists in what is called an “unflinching abortion rights drama.” The battle lines between Keely and her abductors, ostensibly as cut-and-dry as their politics, t…

The Thursday Theater Roundup is a weekly list of current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you need help deciding, scroll down to the end of this post, where you'll find a quiz and flow chart designed to help you find the theater that best matches your interests. Here are this week's picks: "Joe Hill's Last Will," through Nov. 28 in …