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Thursday Theater Roundup

"Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy," through Sunday in Shea's Performing Arts Center. ★★★

From the review: "If you take offense to the use of the word 'sex' within 500 yards or so of the word 'nun,' 'Sister Act' is not the show for you. But take it from a lapsed Catholic who spent his share of time in the confessional: Seeing this show –prancing altar boys, pelvic-thrusting sisters and all – is likely to be worth whatever penance your priest can dream up." --Colin Dabkowski

Michael Blasdell, Luther Nelson, Maria Droz and Jimmy Janowski star in Buffalo United Artists "L'Imitation of Life."

"L'Imitation of Life," through April 6 in the Buffalo United Artists Theatre. ★★★★

From the review: "The latest Janowski-Warfield camp-tasia is perhaps the greatest achievement in the eye-roll-inducing, pun-laden, innuendo-ridden brand of camp that BUA and Janowski have been honing for much of the past two decades. I don’t think there was a two-second stretch during the entire production during which the sold-out opening night crowd did not sound like a particularly exasperated Hollywood laugh track." --Colin Dabkowski

Jacob Kahn and Arin Lee Dandes star in Theatre of Youth's "The Borrowers."

"The Borrowers," through March 24 in Theatre of Youth's Allendale Theatre. ★★★½

From the review: " 'The Borrowers' is a clever mix of action, love and loss, family and some fright. TOY’s audiences know an interesting story when they see and hear one and except for some talky moments here and there, causing a few cases of the fidgets, they were mostly rapt at a recent matinee. Director Meg Quinn’s technical crew -– the ingenious set designer Kenneth Shaw, sound and music creator Chet Popiolkowski, lighting designer John Rickus, puppeteer Adam Kreutinger -– deserve high honors for their wizardry. It even snowed once. Seems that there is no challenge too large for this inventive team." --Ted Hadley

James Ivey plays the title role in "Clarence Darrow" in the Manny Fried Playhouse.


"Clarence Darrow," through March 30 in the Subversive Theatre Collective's Manny Fried Playhouse. ★★★½

From the review: "The production, directed by Tom Loughlin, provides a breathless tour through Darrow’s life and landmark accomplishments. It ranges from Darrow’s stunning performances, perhaps the most notable of which is his widely re-enacted defense during the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, to his troubled relationships with the unions whose members he worked tirelessly to defend." --Colin Dabkowski


Tod Benzin and Pamela Rose Mangus in Donna Hoke's new play "Seeds," running through Marc 24 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre. Photo by Charles Lewis / The Buffalo News.

"Seeds," through March 24 in Road Less Traveled Theatre. ★★★★

From the review: "Simply put, the instructional, observant and insightful “Seeds” is Hoke’s best work to date..." --Ted Hadley


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