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Think of the funniest gay man you know. It has to be a gay man for this exercise. He can be any age or live any kind of way. But he has to be naturally, easily, effortlessly hilarious. He can tell a story with divergent anecdotes, he can land a structured punch line, he can buoy pain with charming, reassuring wit. He uses his humor to make laughs, but also to prove points.…

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Grab your swimsuit and martini shaker, kids. It’s time for summer camp! If you’ve been to Buffalo United Artists’ annual drag romp, roasting the queerest classics of pop culture with a wink, a nod and a tuck – if you, indeed, summer at BUA – then you know. You know what a bow-topped gift it is to see master thespian Jimmy Janowski parade his mascara-drooped eyelashes…

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Community can sometimes be forged in unlikely places. In the absorbing and beautifully staged “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” presented by Buffalo United Artists, audiences will witness how one community was forever changed by the loss of a vibrant and unique teenager. What is especially marvelous is how that community is staged: in a riveting one-man perfo…

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When Buffalo United Artists opened its former theater in the now-demolished Delaware Court Building in 2009, it did so with a reading of Terrence McNally’s riotous play “The Ritz.” The selection was not random. McNally, the prolific and accomplished Tony-winning playwright and librettist perhaps best known for his play “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and the books for “Ragtim…

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It's been a strong year for theater in Western New York. From small community productions with national implications to keenly executed comedies on Buffalo's most elite stages, theatergoers had their pick from the regional theater community's yearly embarrassment of riches -- which seems to grow richer every year. Of the dozens of productions I saw this year, the followi…

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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, check out 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: "Daniel's Husband," through Nov. 7 in a Buffalo …

Theater

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, check out 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: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," through Sunday in…

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Every now and then, a play changes your posture. Something lands just so, a shift in plot, a persuasive expression, a realization that you didn’t know you hadn’t had. That moment burrows deep inside, splitting at the perpendicular, equidistant to the head and heart. It nestles there and changes your form. You’re changed.I didn’t expect such seismic shifts from Michael McKe…

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Just because same-sex marriage is legal doesn’t make it compulsory.Longtime gay couples have had to explain this at countless cocktail parties and casual events, where in the wake of June’s landmark Supreme Court decision on the issue, some version of this question inevitably arises: “So, when are you tying the knot?”For the main characters in Michael McKeever’s play “Dani…

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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, check out 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: "Newsies," through Sunday in Shea's Performing A…

Theater

The Thursday Theater Roundup is a weekly list of current productions that received three or more stars from our reviewers. If you're daunted by all the options, check out 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: "Doubt," through Sept. 26 in a Buffal…

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Jonathan Tolins’ “Buyer & Cellar,” which opened Buffalo United Artists’ 23rd season, is not your typical one-man show. A young actor named Alex More, played here by Kurt Erb, begins by warning us that he did not write this monologue. It is a piece of fiction, he tells us, and then tells us again, a fabrication of a whimsical imagination – all except for this one fact.In ho…

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For their wedding on Wednesday night, Javier Bustillos and Anthony Chase -- two of the Buffalo theater community's leading figures -- didn't want anything too fancy. Just a small backstage ceremony officiated by Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy and attended by a couple of close friends. The friends? Oh, just Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally and Broadway legend Chita …

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"Harbor," through Sunday in a Buffalo United Artists production in the Alleyway Theatre. ★★★ "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," through May 17 in an Irish Classical Theatre Company production in the Andrews Theatre. ★★★½ "The Odd Couple," through May 17 in a Jewish Repertory Theatre production in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre.  ★★★ "She Loves Me," through May 2…

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"Kinky Boots," through Sunday in Shea's Performing Arts Center. ★★★ "Harbor," through May 9 in a Buffalo United Artists production in the Alleyway Theatre. ★★★ "Singin' in the Rain," through Sunday in the Lancaster Opera House. ★★★★ Also, please check out our handy tool to plan the rest of your theatergoing weekend or season: //