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BREAK A LEG <br> CURTAIN UP! HERALDS THE START OF A NEW SEASON

WHAT: The 18th annual Curtain Up! celebration

WHEN: Tonight

WHERE: Throughout the Theater District and beyond

INFO: 645-6918

No doubt about it, the best applause that a theater can hear is that coming from a sold-out audience standing in ovation at the end of a play. But it is also a very satisfying kind of applause - a collective bravo! - when a city takes the time to celebrate the riches of its robust theater life. That's what Curtain Up! is: one colossal cheer for Buffalo theater. The event, now in its 18th year, is a one-night celebration that features ceremony, feasting, entertainment and culminates with a play selected from a dazzling array of 13 possibilities.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with the Mayor's Prologue at the Market Arcade Film and Art Centre, 617 Main St. It continues with cocktails and a gala dinner under a tent in the Theater District. All curtains in participating theaters will rise simultaneously at 8:30. After the play a wide variety of outdoor entertainment will be offered at stages located throughout the Theater District.

The 2000-2001 Buffalo Theater Season will open with the following plays: David Javerbaum and Robert S. Cohen's "Suburb," Alleyway Theatre; Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," Irish Classical Theatre; Paula Vogel's "The Mineola Twins," Buffalo United Artists; David Hare's "Amy's View," Kavinoky Theatre; "Tony & Tina's Wedding," Lancaster Opera House; "More Shake, Rattle & Roll," MusicalFare Theatre, Daemen College Theatre; "Nickel City Treasures," O'Connell & Company in Cabaret in the Square Theatre; Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser," in collaboration with Shakespeare in Delaware Park Theatre Company and Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, Pfeifer Theatre; "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," Shea's Performing Arts Center; Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," Studio Arena Theatre; and James De Vita's "Swiss Family Robinson," Theatre of Youth Company in the Allendale Theatre.

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