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THEATER CHATTER

American premiere

Buffalo Ensemble Theatre has entered into a partnership with three other theatrical groups to present the American premiere of "The Remarkable Piety of the Infamous" by Peter Dunne. It opened in London last July to very positive reviews. Subtitled "A Serious Play for Frivolous People," the one-man cabaret style production chronicles the last days of Oscar Wilde as he tried to dodge his ominous fate in the avenues and alleys of Paris. In order to make room for this prestigious premiere, BET has been forced to cancel its planned production of the Jonathan Miller/Dudley Moore comic revue "Beyond the Fringe." With Dunne in the role of Wilde and direction by Robert Waterhouse, "Remarkable Piety" will open at 8 p.m. April 5 in the New Phoenix on the Park, 95 N. Johnson Park and continue through April 29. The other companies participating in this American premiere production are the New Phoenix Theatre Company, Twice Waterhouse and Eastern Productions, which is playwright Dunne's own London company. Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, call 855-2225.

Fredonia sets trilogy

Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," three one-act plays about the comic, poignant and tragic interactions of people involving gays, bisexuals and drag queens, will be presented in the Bartlett Theatre by the Fredonia State College Department of Theatre and Dance at 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Thursday, next Friday and Feb. 24. The trilogy, recommended by the producers for mature audiences only, premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1981 and two years later won the 1983 Tony Award for best play, while Fierstein grabbed the Tony for best actor. Tickets are $8.50 general, $6.50 students. For more info, call 673-3501.

Suspense in Lancaster Drawing from Poe, Dickens, Shakespeare and others, Joshua Kane has created a suspenseful entertainment called "Gothic at Midnight" which he will present at 8 p.m. next Friday in Lancaster Opera House. Tickets are $11 adult, $9 senior/student, $6 children. For more info, call 683-1776.

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