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Deep-seated devotion
Blossom Cohan, something of a legend on the Buffalo theater scene, is also a dedicated theater-goer of an extraordinary sort. Since 1965 Invalid face she has attended every opening night at Studio Arena Theatre, save two (she was sick). "This fall 2000 will be a full 40 years since I walked through the door of the old Studio Theatre at Lafayette and Hoyt streets," Cohan says. She was part of the original team that created Studio Arena Theatre in 1965, and remembers its first production, Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten," and its director, Jose Quintero. Nowadays she is Studio Arena's special projects coordinator and theater historian. The way it's going, the history could be an eye-witness account.
Another super-serious theater-goer is Roger Paolini. He's been a Studio Arena subscriber from the start and has never missed a production in all that
time. "I was still in high school and I remember seeing 'Moon for the Misbegotten' in October of 1965," he says. He remembers a couple of close calls, when he just managed to squeak in on the final night of a production. But he made them all. Paolini, a librarian at Williamsville South High School, also directs (he did O'Connell & Company's "Side By Side By Sondheim" this year). With all the performances going on in Buffalo, Paolini says he spends two or three nights a week in one theater seat or another.

-- Richard Huntington

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