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The fabulous Carrie Fisher, (pictured right) who turned 53 a couple of weeks ago, is back on Broadway performing her hilarious autobiographical one-woman show, Wishful Drinking. Fisher made her Broadway debut in 1973 when her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was starring in the musical Irene and took her out of high school to give her a job in the chorus. As Fisher recounts in her show, “because, as we all know, experience in the chorus is far more valuable to a child than an education!” (Irene was also Reynolds’ Broadway debut.) Fisher’s last Broadway appearance was in 1983, when she replaced Amanda Plummer as the title character in Agnes of God.

The Subversive Theatre Collective will present Dario Fo’s farce We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! November 20-December 13. Directed by Donn Youngstrom, the production will star Rolando Gomez, Megan Townsend, Chrissy Golab, and Dan Morris. Next spring Youngstrom will direct George M. Cohan’s Seven Keys to Baldpate for Buffalo State’s Theater Department.

Coming up next for Buffalo State’s Theater Department, the classic musical Anything Goes, directed by Joseph Price. The production will run November 12-21. Price will also direct Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things in February.

The Brazen-Faced Varlets will present the one-woman show Clit Notes by Holly Hughes on November 14 at 8pm as part of Hallwalls “Ways in Being Gay” series. The performance stars Kelly Beuth, and will be directed by Lara Haberberger. This piece was first performed as part of Hallwalls 1994 “Ways in Being Gay.”

Vaudeville Variations, a musical tribute to benefit Niagara Hospice, will be held on November 14 at 7:30pm at the Riviera Theatre. Directed by Chris Standart, with musical direction by Maria Scaglione, the evening will feature performances by Kelli Bocock Natale (as Sophie Tucker), Robert Tucker, and Josephine Hogan, among many others.

Road Less Traveled Productions’ 2009 Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop Readings continues on November 16 at 7pm with Donna Hoke Kahwaty’s The Couple Next Door. Directed by Jon Elston, the reading will star Kelly Meg Brennan, Lisa Vitrano, and Matt Witten. Admission is free.

Manny Fried will be honored with the Literary Legacy Award presented by Just Buffalo. The award dinner will take place on December 3.

Ed Smith’s original musical Home for the Holidays will premiere at the Paul Robeson Theatre on November 20. Directed by June L. Saunders Duell, the production will star Roger Lamont Killian, Annette Christian, Nicolas Cofield, Evanette Viera, Charles Everhart, Claude Hill and Cynthia Maxwell. The show will also be produced in December at Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth, where Smith serves as artistic director.

In other holiday fare, Theatre of Youth will celebrate winter with an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fantasy fairytale, The Snow Queen. In addition to Mary McMahon as the Snow Queen, the production will feature former Studio Arena artistic director Kathleen Gaffney’s return to the Buffalo stage as the narrator and other characters.

Congratulations to Darleen Pickering Hummert and her Theatre for Change; the company will celebrate its 20th anniversary on November 13.

Also on November 13, BUA opens the comedy Texas Homos at the BUA Theater, starring (pictured left) Chris Kelly, Eric Rawski, Caitlin Coleman, Darryl Hart, and Kurt Erb.

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