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Curtain rising; Theater companies announce plans for new season

In recent weeks, several theater companies have announced plans for the upcoming season.

Here is the information.

*Kavinoky Theatre

The Kavinoky Theatre's 2012-13 season kicks off Sept. 14 with "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a mystery musical by Rupert Holmes, which runs through Oct. 7. Next up is John Robin Baitz's current Broadway hit "Other Dester Cities," about a deeply buried family secret, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 16.

The new year will see productions of Michael Frayn's old comic chestnut "Noises Off" (Feb. 15 to March 10, 2013); Tracy Letts' lauded modern masterpiece "August: Osage County," a coup for the theater, which runs from April 26 to May 19; and Joe DiPietro's "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," the longest-running musical in off-Broadway history, from June 14 to July 7, 2013.

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*Irish Classical

The Irish Classical Theatre Company will launch its season Sept. 13 with Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's hit 2008 musical "Next to Normal," which runs through Oct. 7.

Next up is the boisterous two-man comedy "A Couple of Blaguards," by brothers Frank and Malachy McCourt, running from Oct. 25 to Nov. 18. Brian Friel's popular memory play "Dancing at Lughnasa" runs from Feb. 14 to March 10, 2013, with Jim Sheridan's "Being Behan," a play about the eccentric Irish playwright Brendan Behan, to follow from March 21 to April 14.

David Mamet's breathless classic "American Buffalo" takes the Andrews Theatre stage from April 25 to May 19, and the season ends with Hugh Leonard's "A Life," which picks up where this season's production of his more famous play, "Da," ends. That show runs from June 8 to June 30, 2013. From Jan. 10 to 27, 2013, the company will also feature a special performance of "Joyicity," the one-man tour through the life and work of James Joyce performed to acclaim in the '90s by Irish Classical co-founder Vincent O'Neill.

New for the upcoming season, the Irish Classical will invite the public to an open rehearsal for each production. More info is online at www.irishclassicaltheatre.com.

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*Road Less Traveled

Most of the plays in Road Less Traveled Productions' upcoming season are by female playwrights, which has prompted the company to dub its season "The Year of the Woman."

It launches Sept. 14 to Oct. 7 with Endesha Ida Mae Holland's 1986 play "From the Mississippi Delta," which debuted in Buffalo and went on to a successful off-Broadway run. A trio of short plays by April Jones, Mark Witteveen and Jon Elston make up "End of the Road: The 2012 Plays," slated for Nov. 9 through Dec. 7.

Annie Baker's acclaimed comedy "The Circle Mirror Transformation" runs from Jan. 18 to Feb. 9, 2013, followed by local playwright Donna Hoke's new play "Seeds," from March 1 to 24. The RLTP season ends with Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House," described in a release as "a contemporary fable of love, class, and mortality," from April 19 to May 12.

Theatre Jugend, a company launched by director and playwright Drew McCabe, has announced plans to produce the raunchy cult hit "Cannibal! The Musical" by "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker, March 4-30.

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