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THEATER NOTES

The Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing!", a drama from 1935 about a Jewish family's struggles in a Bronx tenement during the Great Depression, opens next Thursday in the Kavinoky Theatre. Thomas Martin directs and featured roles are plays by Saul Elkin, Bess Brown-Kregal, Jack Hunter, Richard Wesp, Christopher Kelly, Michael Karr, Gerry Maher, Jesse Abel, and Katie White. Performances in the theater located on the D'Youville College campus continue through Feb. 8.

On Wednesday at 8 p.m., a preview of "Awake and Sing!" will benefit the David Fendrick Theatre Fund. The fund makes a grant each year to an individual Buffalo theater artist. A donation of $10 is invited, about half the ordinary ticket price.

A new musical revue fromSummerfare Musical Theatre opens next Thursday in the Daemen Theatre on the Daemen College campus in Amherst. The director and choreographer, Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, has selected music from the 1950s to form a show called "Shake, Rattle & Roll." Her cast includes the same performers who made a hit of Summerfare's revue tribute to music of the 1940s called "Swing, Swing, Swing" -- John Fredo, Kathy Weese, Doug Weyand and Terrie George. Performances of "Shake, Rattle & Roll" continue through Feb. 15.

Part I of Tony Kushner's Pulit-zer Prize-winning play "Angels in America" is playing in the Pfeifer Theatre in a production by the Studio Arena Theatre through Jan. 11. Part I is called "Millennium Approaches." The second part, which is called "Perestroika," will be given two directed, staged readings next week by the cast. On those two days theatergoers can see the full scope of Kushner's theater piece. Next Thursday Part I will be performed at 2 p.m. and Part II at 8 p.m. Then on Jan. 10 Part I will be performed at 3 p.m. and Part II at 8 p.m.

A final performance has been added to the Irish Classical Theatre Company's "Christmas Memories." The performance of stories, poems and Christmas music from writers such as Robert Frost, W.B. Yeats and Patrick Kavanagh will be performed Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Calumet, 48 W. Chippewa St.

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