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Curtain rises

The lights are about to go back up on one of the most important stages in Western New York. On Saturday, the 710 Main Theatre (710 Main St.) at the edge of Buffalo's Theater District will host its first public show since its former tenant, Studio Arena Theatre, went belly-up in 2008.

MusicalFare Theatre, the popular Amherst-based company, will have the honor of inaugurating the renamed space with its 24-hour musical festival. The festival begins tonight with a VIP reception during which four teams assembled by MusicalFare director Randall Kramer receive their assignments for a mini-musical. The teams will spend one long, caffeine-fueled night writing their scripts, cast their shows in the morning, rehearse them in the afternoon and present their polished final products on the theater's stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets to the Saturday performance are $25 or $15 for students and actors. Tickets the VIP event at 7 tonight are $75. More information is at 839-8540 or

-- Colin Dabkowski