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ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, Christmas play by L. Don Swartz, starring Karla Weidenboerner, Jed Woomer, Rosemary Swartz, Jessica Kuhn, Ben Torres, Camryn Porter, Donald Swartz. Nov 29 at 7. Nov 30-Dec 16, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2 (no performance Dec 2). Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda (743-1614).

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, comedy by Barbara Robinson presented by the Lancaster Regional Players, directed by David Nuijens, starring Penny Striker, Christina Morrow, Cameron Heffler, Alex Bogart, Mitchel Guidie, Allison Gray, Aaron Boos, Jake Shapiro, Adam Misnik, Annabella Bogart. Nov 30-Dec 16, Fri at 7:30, Sat & Sun at 2:30. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster (683-1776).

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted from the play by Charles Dickens, presented by Theatre in the Mist. Nov 30-Dec 9, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Stella Niagara Theatre, 4421 Lower River Rd., Lewiston (1-877-856-0694).

CLOUD 9, play by Caryl Churchill, directed by Kelli Bocock-Natale, starring Richard Lambert, Chris Kelly, Diane Curley, Kelly Ferguson Moore, Pamela Rose Mangus, Eric Rawski, Steve Copps. Nov 29-Dec 22, Thu-Sat at 8. The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 Johnson Park (853-1334).

GYPSY, Broadway musical presented by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, directed by Fran Newton, starring Kim Ehrenburg, Michael Breen, Cassandra Grizanti, Laura Jakiel. Nov 30-Dec 15, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 3. The Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda (284-6358).

INSPECTING CAROL, holiday comedy by Daniel Sullivan, presented by the Western Door Playhouse, starring Patrick Bielecki, Sam Granieri, Sami Granieri, Leroy Lewis, Michael Lombardo, Pat LoPatriello, Nicholas Marino, Chris Mongielo, Mark Priest, Sharon Priest, Reina Roggio, Dede Secic, Tom Slaiman. Nov 30-Dec 9, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30. Woodbox Theatre, Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Avenue at Portage Road (297-5910).

KNOWING AND UN-KNOWING: ONE ACT FESTIVAL, six short plays presented by St. Bonaventure University Theater Program, directed by Ed. Simone. Nov 30-Dec 2, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 2 & 7:30, Sun at 7:30. The Garret Theater, St. Bonaventure University, West State Rd, Allegany (375-2494).

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, adapted from the Frank Capra film, presented by the Alden Christian Theatre Society, directed by Kathy Sutter, starring Ryan Morgan, Dylan Brozyna, Rachel Wach, Marc Ruffino Dec 1-9, Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30, plus Dec 8 at 2:30. ACTS Beacon Cafe and Performing Arts Center, 1470 Church St., Alden (937-7770).

RADIO TBS (Trailer Park Broadcasting Scandals), comedy by Mark L. Smith presented by Subversive Theatre Collective and Brazen-Faced Varlets, directed by Kelly M. Beuth, starring Brittany Kucala, Jenny Gembka, Lara D.Haberberger, Jane Cudmore, Diane DiBernardo, Amelia Scinta, Diane McNamara, Kerry Alsheimer, Theresa DiMuro-Wilber, Kate Olena. Nov 29-Dec 15, Thu-Sat at 8. Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor (408-0499).

WHITE CHRISTMAS, touring production of the musical by Irving Berlin presented by Shea’s and Albert Nocciolino. Dec 4-9, Tue-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St. (1-800-745-3000).


A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL by Kathy Feininger, presented by O’Connell & Company, directed by Jeffrey Coyle, starring David Butler, Mary Kate O’Connell, Michael Starzynski. Through Dec 16, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2:30. Erie Community College- North Campus, 6205 Main St., Williamsville (848-0800).

THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES by Jeff Goode, presented by the Francis Bacon Experiment. Through Dec 9, Fri & Sat at 8. The Wasteland Theater, 700 Main St. (348-2005).

THE IRISH CURSE, comedy by Martin Casella presented by Buffalo United Artists, directed by Drew McCabe, starring Kevin Craig, Dave Hayes, Matthew Crehan Higgins, Michael Seitz, Jonathan Shuey. Through Dec 8, Fri & Sat at 8. BUA Theater, 119 W. Chippewa St. (886-9239).

OTHER DESERT CITIES, play by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Peter Palmisano, starring David Lamb, Barbara Link LaRou, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Lisa Ludwig, Matt Witten. Through Dec 16, Thu & Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. (829-7668).


33 VARIATIONS, play by Moises Kaufman directed by David Oliver, starring Morgan Chard, Beth Donohue, John Fredo, Adriano Gatto, Ellen Horst, Tim Newell, Brian Riggs and Randall Kramer at the piano. Through Dec 2, Wed & Thu at 7, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. (no performance Nov 22). MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).

2012: END OF THE ROAD, world premiere of the play by Jon Elston, directed by Scott Behrend, starring Bob Grabowski, Barry Williams, Sara Kow-Falcone, Christina Rausa, Kay Kerimian, Xavier Harris, David C. Mitchell, Monish Bhattacharya. Through Dec 2, Thu-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Road Less Traveled Theater, Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, 639 Main St. (629-3069).

Special Presentations

BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE, comedy by Leonard Gershe, directed by Jay Desiderio, starring Sean Marciniak, Justyne Harris, Margo Davis, Justin Fiordaliso. Through Dec 16, Thu, Sat & Sun, dinner at 6, show at 7:30. Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster (683-7767).


THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson, presented by Theatre of Youth, directed by Meg Quinn, starring Mary McMahon, Robert Insana, Joyce Carolyn, Annette Daniels Taylor, Jennifer Fitzery, Bill Schmidt, Adam Rath. Dec 7-16, Fri at 7, Sat at 2 & 5:30, Sun at 2. Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. (884.4400 x 304).

BROADWAY SANTA, family Christmas musical presented by The Amherst Players. Nov 30-Dec 8, Fri at 7, Sat at 1 & 7. Harlem Road Community Center, Amherst (836-3820).

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted and directed by Neal Radice, now in its 30th year, starring John Smeathers, Syndi Starr, Katy Clancy, Roger Van Dette, David C. Mitchell, J. K. Hudson, Joyce Stilson, Lily Hart, Charlie Hearn, Matthew Luraschi, Radice. Dec 6-16, Thu & Fri at 7:30, Sat at 5 & 8, Sun at 2. Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alley (852-2600).

CHRISTMAS IS COMIN’ UPTOWN, musical by Garry Sherman, Philip Rose, and Peter Udel, directed by Paulette D. Harris. Dec 7-16, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Paul Robeson Theatre at the African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. (884-2013).

THE HOLIDAY GUYS IN HAPPY MERRY HANU-MAS!, musical revue starring Jeffry Denman, Marc Kudisch. Dec 6-9, Thu at 7, Fri at 8, Sat at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst (839-8540).

SHREK THE MUSICAL, national touring production of the Broadway musical. Dec 13 & 14 at 7:30. UB Center for the Arts, North Campus (645-ARTS).