BEN BUTLER: Richard Strand’s comedic telling of a serious story: What does a Union Army general do when an escaped slave asks sanctuary at the fort he commands? Through March 25 at Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Avenue, 829-7668, kavinokytheatre.com.
BETSY CARMICHAEL’S BINGO PALACE: It’s fun; it’s funny/ It’s BINGO! With actual games and prizes. Opening March 23 at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main Street, sheas.org/SmithTheatre.
DISGRACED: Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, Ayad Akhtar’s play tells the story of an upwardly mobile lawyer, born American and raised Muslim, confronting racial and religious realities and biases. Through March 31 at Road Less Traveled Productions, 500 Pearl Street, 629-3069, roadlesstraveledproductions.org.
DON’T BOTHER ME, I CAN’T COPE: Musical revue mixing rock, calypso, and ballads. Through March 25 at Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Avenue, 884-2013, aaccbuffalo.org.
JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK: She’s back! Through March 25 at Theatre of Youth, 884-4400, theatreofyouth.org.
THE NANCE: Set in the Depression-era theater world of New York City, Douglas Carter Beane’s play about a burlesque performer who plays an openly gay character at a time when Mayor Fiorello La Guardia seeks to “cleasn up” the city’s burlesque houses. Through March 24 at Subversive Theatre Collective, Manny Fried Theatre, 3rd floor, Great Arrow Building, 255 Great Arrow Avenue, 408-0499, subversivetheatre.org.
THE NIGHT ALIVE: A comedy following the exploits and day-to-day of a group of Dubliners scraping out an existence on the streets and in the crowded house they share. Through March 25 at Irish Classical Theatre Company, Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street, 853-4282, irishclassicaltheatre.com.
‘NIGHT, MOTHER: The story of a daughter informing her mother that she intends to commit suicide. Presented by the Brazen-Faced Varlets at through March 24 at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant Street, 598-1585, varlets.org.
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Jason Miller’s Puliter Prize-winning drama about the reunion of a high-school basketball squad and the long-held secrets revealed therein. Through April 7 at New Phoenix Theatre in the Park, 95 Johnson Park, 853-1334, newphoenixtheatre.org.
COMEDYSPORTZ: Improvisational comedy every Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm at CSz Buffalo, 4476 Main Street, Amherst, 393-8669, cszbuffalo.com.
CSz AFER HOURS: Late(ish) comedy for the 18+ crowd every Saturday, 9:30pm at CSz Buffalo, 4476 Main Street, Amherst, 393-8669, cszbuffalo.com.
DIVA BY DIVA & GENTLEMEN PREFER DIVAS: Long-running and popular revues featuring songs, readings, humor, and more—by and about (but not exclusively for) women. At O’Connell & Company, in residence at the Park School, 4625 Harlem Road, 848-0800, oconnellandcompany.com.
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