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One-act feast: "Buffalo Quickies" opens in the Alleyway Theatre

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Kate Olena, seated, Mary Moebius and Carlton Franklin perform in "Black and White," one of the shorts in the latest production of "Buffalo Quickies."           John Hickey/Buffalo News

"Buffalo Quickies," the annual festival produced by Alleyway Theatre, has been bringing little-known one-act plays to Buffalo for the past 20 years. Today (March 1), the theater will open its 21st version of the often quirky and sometimes though-provoking festival, directed as usual by the Alleyway’s Joyce Stilson.

This year’s plays include Anson Mount’s "Love Liza?", about an "unusually sympathetic" immigration worker, which won the one-act prize in the theater’s annual Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. Also in the lineup are Jay C. Rehak’s "Courtesy Call," "Autumn Door" by Alleyway favorite Lawrence Gregory Smith, local playwright Donna Hoke’s "Black and White," Christopher Morse’s, "Exterior. A Train Station. Night." and the reprise of Alleyway’s 1999 production of Ted Hoover’s "As You Liked It."

The cast features Kate Olena, Mary Moebius, Carlton Franklin and Michael Starzynski. Tickets are $25 or $13 for students, with more info at 852-2600 or www.alleyway.com.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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