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THEATER NOTES

The Irish Classical Theatre Company will open "Christmas Memories," a lunchtime theater production featuring seasonal music, stories and poetry, at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Franklin Street Theatre, 282 Franklin St. Lunchtime performances will continue at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, through Dec. 16, with evening shows at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. All performances will be followed by talk-backs.

Performances of "Over the Tavern: Part II," Tom Dudzick's comic sequel about a Western New York family living in the turbulent late 1960s, will begin with a "pay-what-you-can" preview at 7 p.m. Sunday in Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main St. Previews will continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 8 p.m. next Thursday, with the opening night performance at 8 o'clock Dec. 4.

"Blues in the Night," a 1930s revue of blues and jazz music by Sheldon Epps, will open at 8 p.m. Friday in the Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave. The story of three sisters waiting for their men to arrive, shows will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 20.

"Freeze!," a comedy of bad manners by Arch Brown, will be opened by Buffalo Ensemble Theatre at 8 p.m. next Thursday in the New Phoenix Theatre, 95 N. Johnson Park. The story of a nymphomaniac virgin girl and a pair of father/son lovers, performances will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 19.

"Babes in Toyland," a children's musical featuring the music of Victor Herbert, will be performed by the American Family Theater as part of its Broadway for Kids series at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday on the Center for the Arts Mainstage, University at Buffalo North Campus.

"Christmas A-Z," a seasonal musical revue, will be presented by In-Concert Productions at 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.

"A Christmas Carol," the classic holiday show based on the story by Charles Dickens, will be opened by South Buffalo Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday in its theater space at 2219 South Park Ave. Performances will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 12.

A preview of "Harvey," a comedy about a giant rabbit by Mary Chase, will be performed by Niagara University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday in the university's Gallery Theatre, Route 104 West, Niagara Falls. Following the 7:30 p.m. opening Dec. 4, shows will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 13.

"Menopausal Gentleman," a one-woman performance by Peggy Shaw, co-sponsored by HAG Theatre, will be performed at 8 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 4 and 5 in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 2495 Main St., Suite 425. The show is part of the Ways in Being Gay festival.

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