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As a veteran of many Western New York stages, Jimmy Janowski has made a name for himself as a performer with great comic gifts and a penchant for camp. That reputation is sure to receive yet another shot in the arm on Saturday, when Janowski does his best Joan Crawford in Buffalo United Artists' production of Jamie Morris' camp send-up "Mommie Queerest."

The all-drag production, directed by Todd Warfield and based on the 1981 film "Mommie Dearest" -- beloved of gay men the world over for its many juicy lines and its captivating protagonist -- also features Bebe Bvlgari, Michael Seitz and Christopher Standart. The film was based on Christina Crawford's tell-all memoir about her infamously difficult mother -- a book from which Morris also drew material.

A BUA release called the production "a horror story of movies, motherhood, and matricide." Tickets to the show, which runs in the BUA Theatre (119 Chippewa St.) through Aug. 26, are $15 to $25. For more information, call 886-9239 or visit www.buffalobua.org.

-- Colin Dabkowski