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THEATER CHATTER

New play honors

"Family Honor" by Hamburg playwright Joseph P. Ritz is one of the finalists in the 2002 Pittsburgh New Play Festival. Ritz said the play has been a finalist in two prior competitions but has not yet been produced. The Pittsburgh New Play Festival is an annual international project of Gemini Theater Company.

"Company's' coming

The Niagara Falls Little Theatre, founded in 1923, will present seven performances of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" on the Greek Theatre stage in the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center. It opens at 8 p.m. today, continuing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 6. Directed by Fran Newton, the musical is described as "a hilarious look at relationships and marriage as seen through the eyes of a confirmed bachelor." All performances are at 8 p.m., except a 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 30. Tickets: $12-$13 general; $32.50 for a family pass. On Sept. 29, there is a 6 p.m. dinner-theater package ($24-$25). Call (716) 284-NFLT.

Benefit show

Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, 95 North Johnson Park, will offer an 8 p.m. Monday benefit performance of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana." All proceeds will go to the Red Cross. Call 855-2225.

A new "Wonderland'

A new stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" will be presented by Casting Hall Productions in conjunction with Buffalo State College's Performing Arts Department, in the Theatre and Broadcasting Building. Director Donn Youngstrom says the new adaptation by the Manhattan Project under Andre Gregory captures the topsy-turvy world of Alice and the peculiar characters and places she encounters. A free preview is 8 p.m. Oct. 9. Shows are at 8 p.m. Oct. 10, 11 and 12, plus 2 p.m. Oct. 13-14. Tickets are $3-$6 (Rockwell Hall box office/878-3005).

e-mail: htrotter@buffnews.com

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