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Gary Trainor and Delme Thomas star in "Potted Potter."

"Potted Potter," through Sunday in the 710 Main Theatre. ★★★★

From the review: "For this production, Clarkson and Turner’s show gets a magnificent treatment from Gary Trainor and Delme Thomas, a sort of Hogwarts-educated Abbott and Costello whose scripted hijinks come off as the inspired riffing of two very old and very good friends." --Colin Dabkowski

"Moonlight and Magnolias," through May 18 in the American Repertory Theatre of Western New York's home in the Church of the Ascension. ★★★

From the review: "Actors David Mitchell (Selznick), Todd Fuller (Fleming), and veteran Guy Wagner (Hecht) [are] at each other’s throats and physically manic for three acts. They’re loud and silly and frequently over-the-top on a Lauren Millman set. It all makes for an impressive rendering by [director Gail] Golden and the cast in a funny and occasionally crude piece." --Ted Hadley

 

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Christian Brandjes, Jose Rivera and Brian Mysliwy appear in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's production of "American Buffalo."

"American Buffalo," through May 19 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company's Andrews Theatre. ★★★★

From the review: "[Director Chris] Cavanagh has insisted that the economical speech patterns, the fragmented or unfinished sentences, the pulsating unrelenting cadence, the “scatological buckshot,” as the famed Jack Kroll once described Mamet’s work, remain intact and non-stop and he has assembled just the cast to do that." --Ted Hadley

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Kristen Tripp Kelley, Eileen Dugan and Sheila McCarthy star in the Kavinoky Theatre's production of "August: Osage County."

"August: Osage County," through May 19 in the Kavinoky Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "The Kavinoky has pulled off a fine production of Letts’ modern classic under the smart direction of Bob Waterhouse, a British-born man of the theater who clearly understands the peculiarly American sensibility and mood this play requires." --Colin Dabkowski

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"Blood on the Cat's Neck," through May 19 in Torn Space Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "A tuned cast makes this chilling but tedious piece, sometimes subtitled, inexplicably, 'Marilyn Monroe vs. The Vampires,' work." --Ted Hadley

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Andrea Andolina and Matthew Nerber star in the New Phoenix Theatre and Subversive Theatre Collective's production of "On the Waterfront."

"On the Waterfront," through May 25 in the New Phoenix Theatre. ★★★½

From the review: "A cast of stalwarts makes this play work. Victor Morales excels as Johnny Friendly; there is no one better than this fine actor in these tough-guy roles. He’s joined by a parade of Subversive-New Phoenix veterans, attuned to these rough-edged stories." --Ted Hadley

Tina Rausa, Mary McMahon, Victoria Perez and Margaret Massman appear in Road Less Traveled Theatre's production of "The Clean House." Photo by Harry Scull Jr. / The Buffalo News.

"The Clean House," through May 12 in the Road Less Traveled Theatre. ★★★½

From the review: "Director Derek Campbell’s campy approach to the production is in perfect sync with the often tongue-in-cheek nature of Ruhl’s script, which blurs the traditional boundaries between time, place and character to make the piece feel like a living New Yorker cartoon, only funnier." --Colin Dabkowski

"'Swonderful: The New Gershwin Musical," through May 19 in MusicalFare Theatre. ★★★

From the review: "It’s a musical revue that you can actually sit through, if you aren’t itching to dance through, without asking yourself 'why' and 'when' – as in 'will it stop?' " --Ben Siegel

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