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Patrick Moltane (standing) and Mark Donahue star in Torn Space Theater's production of Sam Shepard's play "Buried Child."

"Buried Child," through March 16 at Torn Space Theater. ★★★½

From the review: "Shepard’s theories are once again aided by his usual themes: desperation, isolation, violence, temper, deceit. Add incest, murder and the always present Shepard staple, menace, and you have the makings for an uncomfortable, albeit intriguing, night at the theater, one interminable at times, riveting at others." --Ted Hadley

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Beth Donohue and Wendy Hall in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's production of "Dancing at Lughnasa."

"Dancing at Lughnasa," through March 10 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Andrews Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "...You enter and exit the picture fluidly, never sure of whose emotions you’re responding to. In the end, you feel awoken from a dream, in the hazy déjà vu of it all. How exquisite this can be." --Ben Siegel

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Anne Gayley, Victoria Perez and Mary Kate O'Connell star in the O'Connell and Company production of "Glorious!"

"Glorious!" through March 3 in O'Connell and Company's Gleasner Hall, Erie Community College Williamsville Campus. ★★★

From the review: "Call it what you will – bravura, tour de force – O’Connell is marvelous as Florence, gentle, innocent, trusting, so serious yet so ridiculous..." --Ted Hadley

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Tim Newell stars in the Jewish Repertory Theatre's production of "Mister Benny."

"Mister Benny," through March 3 in the Jewish Repertory Theatre's Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre. ★★★½

From the review: "In 'Mister Benny,' a one-man play by Mark Humphrey about the beloved comedian Jack Benny, Tim Newell slips a white handkerchief into the breast pocket of his suit jacket, puts on a pair of chunky black glasses, and disappears.In his place, the fumbling, charming, self-aware Benny – a comedian whose vaudevillian persona belongs to a distant and more innocent age – comes so vividly to life that even those with little to no experience of his work experience a pang of nostalgia for someone they barely recognize." --Colin Dabkowski

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Michele Marie Roberts, Jessica Ferraday, Guy Balotine and Josie DiVincenzo star in "Noises Off" in the Kavinoky Theatre.

"Noises Off," through March 10 in Kavinoky Theatre.  ★★★★

From the review: "The Kavinoky’s current production of Michael Frayn’s classic modern farce “Noises Off” is perhaps not absent of flaws. That would be absurd. I dare you to find anything wrong with it, though, or to not take pure joy in everything it offers." --Ben Siegel

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