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Darren Aronofsky's film "Black Swan" showed the dark side and the insecurity surrounding the life of performance and aging out of that career. This week, get a comedic take on the subject with Blackfriars Theatre's staging of David Mamet's hilarious play, "A Life in the Theatre" (pictured). The show follows the lives of two actors: Robert, a self-important but insecure theater veteran, and John, an eager and young up-and comer. "This is a funny and sad look at both the rise of a young actor and the downward spiral of an older actor who is past his prime," says the play's director, David Runzo.

The family-friendly production kicks off at Blackfriars Theatre (795 E. Main St.) on Friday, January 25, 7:30 p.m., and continues through February 10. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., as well as Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17-$27 and are available in person at Blackfriars Theatre, online at, or by calling 454-1260, and at the door if tickets remain.

On Saturday, January 26, Blackfriars will also host a reading of "Mr. Bundy" as part of the Rochester Fringe Play Reading Series. This drama follows a set of parents who consider vigilance and vigilantism when they learn that their next-door neighbor is a convicted child molester. The reading takes place at 3 p.m., and admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more info, call 520-2940 or visit