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A Howe-to guide

Tina Howe's 1973 play "Birth and After Birth" finally received its off-Broadway premiere last year. In the interceding time, it was occasionally performed, anthologized and written about, but not until recently was it given significant national exposure. But critical reception of its revival was chilly, to be kind.

Nonetheless, Niagara University will be among the first to mount the play in its new period of legitimacy, and Howe herself will visit campus to give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, titled "The Thrill and Danger of Writing for the Theatre."

Howe is a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee whose long career in playwriting has yielded popular translations of the Eugene Ionesco plays "The Bald Soprano" and "The Lesson" as well as well-received original works such as "Coastal Disturbances" and "The Art of Dining."

Niagara's production of the play premieres on Dec. 6 and runs through Dec. 16 at the Theater at the Church (415 Plain St., Lewiston).

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-- Colin Dabkowski

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