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A LOCAL ARTS SUMMIT

So much top level local arts talent has collaborated on "Mrs. N" that it's something of a local dramatic summit meeting. It's essentially a one-woman show with actress Betty Lutes DeMunn -- a pillar of Buffalo theater by any conceivable reckoning -- portraying sculptor Louise Nevelson, the thorny and influential artist born halfway between Alexander Calder and Clyfford Still. But the talent behind the scenes is something of a theatrical and artistic elite. The play was written by Buffalo News arts editor Terry Doran who co-wrote the one-man Charles Burchfield and Albert Einstein presentations of the late Buffalo actor David Fendrick. Fortunato Pezzimenti directed, John D'Arcangelo designed the environs of Nevelson's studio and Tom Loonan contributed slide reproductions of Nevelson's work. High-profile composer/musician Greg Piontek provides an original musical score. The production will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday (for invited guests) and Friday (for the public) in the auditorium of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Due to limited seating capacity, seats must be reserved by calling 881-6057. -- Jeff Simon

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