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When Gillian Grattan’s Fish Out of Water, a play constructed of monologues by characters whose lives are profoundly intertwined, was presented by the Irish Classical Theatre earlier this season, I recalled a number of plays written in a similar style. Among those I mentioned were Brian Friel’s Faith Healer and Molly Sweeney, Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings, and Bryony Lavery’s Frozen. A number of people particularly asked about Frozen, which I described as a haunting play about the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl, spoken by the child’s mother, a serial killer, and a psychiatrist.

Ramona and Juliet

The gender-bending lesbo-centric theater company, Brazen-Faced Varlets first burst onto the Buffalo theater scene a few years ago with Ramona and Juliet, a lesbian parody of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, cleverly written by Shawn Northrip.

Local Playwrights One-Act Showcase

This week, American Repertory Theater of WNY begins its Local Playwrights One-Act Showcase featuring works by John F. Kennedy, DonnaMarie Vaughan, and Justin Karcher.

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