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February farces

It's a good season for farce-lovers in Western New York. Just as the glimmering production of Mark Twain's "Is He Dead?" wraps up its run at the Kavinoky Theatre on Sunday, another farce is getting ready to open at Lockport's Palace Theatre (Two East Ave., Lockport).

"Cashing It In," written by Lockporter Geoff Koplas and directed by Jon May, applies the age-old farcical formula to a modern-day conundrum. Koplas' main character -- played by himself, as it happens -- is the son of a man who's just won the lottery. When the old man dies, Koplas' character concocts an ever-expanding series of lies to convince a lottery official that he's still alive. The whole thing sounds a bit like "Waking Ned Divine" transposed from Ireland to Lockport, with some added twists for good measure.

The show opens on Thursday and runs through Feb. 15. For more information, call 438-1130 or visit lockportpalacetheatre.com.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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