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Some 20 years ago, Karen White-Walker was a self-described stay-at-home mom who took a course at the University at Buffalo to sharpen her mind. It did more than that: It launched a career as a playwright. A theater person in the class liked what he heard of her writing and suggested that she write a play. She did, and it was a sellout in Lockport's Kenan Center. "Nobody showed up for the auditions," she says, "so I recruited my family members -- and my lawyer."

Now a veteran of eight productions, White-Walker is bringing back a revised version of her 1988 play "Before We Say Goodbye." It opens Thursday in the Smith Theatre, 660 Main St., and continues through Dec. 15. The play deals with six at-odds siblings in their 60s and 70s as they make one final effort at reconciliation. "It's a play-within-a-play," explains White-Walker. "In a flashback the parents of the six siblings appear as 18-year-olds."

David Munnell directs an ensemble cast featuring Erma Lewis, Gail Stengel, Cheri Behe, Robert Wagner, Karen Cassidy, Norman Argulsky, Rachel Cornish and John Reynolds. For tickets, call 879-0935.

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