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THEATER NOTES

The musical revival of "Chicago" was a remarkable hit on Broadway. Now the road company, starring Janine Lamanna and Obba Babatunde, opens in Shea's Performing Arts Center on Tuesday for eight performances through Oct. 19. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through next Thursday, at 8 Oct. 17, at 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 18, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 19.

Irish playwright Brian Friel's "Molly Sweeney," a three-person play about a blind woman's recovering sight, is his most recent success. The Irish Classical Theatre Company will perform it under the direction of Vincent O'Neill starting next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Calumet Theatre, 48 W. Chippewa St. The performance features Josephine Hogan, Michael Russo and Michael Simpson. Performances continue through Nov. 16.

Ronald Ehmke has written and performed three one-man shows over the past several years. Now he's ready to offer them as a "boxed set" under the overall title of "The Dark Times." They open Friday at 8 p.m. with "Not for Profit" (repeated Saturday at 8 p.m.), then "In the City of the Dead" Oct. 17 and 18, and finally "Welcome to the Sausage Factory," Oct. 24 and 25. Margaret Smith directs. Performances are in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 2495 Main St.

An Australian drama about a father and his gay son, David Stevens' "The Sum of Us," will be the first production by the New Phoenix Theatre Company. It opens at 8 p.m. next Thursday in the New Phoenix Theatre on the Park, 95 N. Johnson Park. Joseph Natale directs Richard Lambert, Monica Martin, Dan Sheffield and Scott Stambach. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Nov. 1.

Theatre of Youth has extended performances of its "The Mystery of Skullbone Island," featuring the Hardy Boys. Added performances in the Franklin Street Theatre, 282 Franklin St., are Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. In addition, the performance this Sunday at 2 p.m. will be signed for the hearing-impaired.

The musical "Pippin" opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Niagara University's Gallery Theatre on the DeVeaux Campus. Directing and choreographing the school production is Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, musical direction by Mildred Paella. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 26.

Ghostlight Theatre Company has collected five short, scary plays under the title "Ghostlight Fright Night," opening next Thursday in the Grant School Theatre, Grant and Christiana streets, North Tonawanda. The plays: "The Open Window," adapted from Saki (H.H. Munro), directed by Audrey Strong; "The Tell-Tale Heart," adapted from Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Chris Fire; "The Lottery," adapted from Shirley Jackson, directed by Debby Koszelak Swartz; "The Monkey's Paw," adapted from W.W. Jacobs, directed by Scott Lesinski, and "Midnight Wax," written and directed by L. Don Swartz. The performers: Laura Goldinger, Gary Hoffman, L. Don Swartz, Andras Brem, Scott Lesinski, JoAnn Mis, Carl Tamburlin, Kathy Ellis Donner, Julie Senko. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., through Oct. 25.

The New Sensational Seniors, a group of women ranging from 60 to 84 years old, will perform a song and dance revue called "It's About Time" at 8 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.