Many theatergoers claim that life imitates art, which can be frustrating when they pause arguments for intermissions or direct drivers to turn “stage left” at stop signs. Learn to navigate the theatrical world with today’s Groupon to see “Buffalo Quickies” at Alleyway Theatre. The show runs on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. from March 1 to March 17. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get one ticket for general-admission seating (up to a $25 value).
- For $25, you get two tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $50 value).
- For $45, you get four tickets for general-admission seating (up to a $100 value).<p>
Now in its 21st incarnation, “Buffalo Quickies” graces the Alleyway stage each year with a sextet of fresh one-act plays. This season, director Joyce Stilson leads an ensemble of four actors through short works that focus on actions of the heart. The production highlights the one-act winner of the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, founded in honor of one of the Alleyway’s earliest artistic contributors. The play, Anson Mount’s Love Liza?, introduces the audience to an immigration office, where analysts comb through records to find evidence of green-card marriages, and a particular inspection is compromised by one examiner’s personal feelings. Also on stage, Exterior. A Train Station. Night. by Christopher Morse transports viewers to the world of filmmaking as an actor and writer struggle to complete work, and Jay C. Rehak’s A Courtesy Call shows both the giving and receiving sides of prank phone calls. Audience members recline under the ceiling of a converted bus depot, which Alleyway calls home year after year, throwing up new plays and musicals to ignite cultural fervor around town and within other theatrically barren bus depots.
It's fitting that Alleyway Theatre makes its home in a renovated bus depot—the venue is a destination for local talent. The company focuses on Buffalo artists, frequently staging world premieres and fostering the work of homegrown playwrights. Freshly penned plays and acclaimed shorts entertain audiences in the historic venue, which sports the curved walls, stainless steel trimmings, and distinctive mustache of the Art Moderne architectural style.