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Shakespeare in Delaware Park opens the 1990 season at 8 p.m. Tuesday with "The Merry Wives of Windsor," directed by Kathryn Long. A pre-show concert starring Joyce Carolyn & Friends will begin at 6:45 p.m. Performances run at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays in Delaware Park behind the Rose Garden, with pre-show concerts at 7:15 p.m. Saul Elkin stars as Falstaff, with Barbara Link LaRou as Mistress Page and Vincent O'Neill as Shallow.

The Summer Dance Festival Competition preliminary gets under way at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Benjamin Franklin School, 540 Parkhurst, Tonawanda. More than 1,000 dancers are expected to compete in preliminaries leading up to finals set for Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Ramada Inn in Niagara Falls. For information, call 632-4603.

Bill Cosby will perform two shows at Melody Fair, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Both performances are sold out.

The fourth annual Buffalo Dance Festival will be held at 8 p.m. next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Rockwell Hall Auditorium. The program features the work of 10 area dance companies and five independent choreographers: William C. Thomas, Shelly Hain, Emily Kaye, Craig Zara and Brian John. For information, call 877-6982.

"The Buffalo Project," a performance written and directed by Robbie McCauley, will open at Hallwalls at 8 p.m. Friday. Additional performances will be 8 p.m. Saturday at the Polish Community Center, 1081 Broadway, and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Langston Hughes Center, 25 High St.

Theatre Beyond Words, a mask/mime comedy troupe, will open in Niagara Falls next Thursday in the Grand Ballroom of the Skyline Brock Hotel. For information, call (416) 468-2151.

The drama "Crimes of the Heart" opens at 8 p.m. Friday at the Gypsy Theater, 303 Niagara Blvd. (River Road) in Fort Erie, two minutes from the Peace Bridge. For ticket information, call (416) 871-7944.

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