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Buffalo celebrates 36th Curtain Up!

The Theatre District will come alive on Sept. 15, as it does every year around this time, for the 36th Curtain Up! celebration. The three-act affair, featuring a gala dinner, performances at 12 theaters and a vibrant street party, marks the opening of yet another theater season.

The season-opening offerings are eclectic, as usual, but this spate of shows features an unusual number of original plays by writers with local connections. Among them are Greg Lamberson's "Killer Rack," described as a "feminist horror musical comedy" at Alleyway Theatre; Mark Humphrey's dark comedy "The Roommates" at American Repertory Theatre of Western New York's space in the Sportsmen's Tavern; and Donna Hoke's family drama "Sons and Lovers" at Buffalo United Artists' space in the Main Street Cabaret.

Raising the curtain on the 2017-18 theater season

Those seeking last-minute tickets to the gala on the stage of Shea's Performing Arts Center, which go for $50, should call 847-0850. After the shows let out, the party on Main Street gets started, featuring performances, live music, dancing and a general spirit of revelry that does not abate until the wee hours.

Curtain Up! unfolds in three acts: a gala dinner, 12 performances at theaters around town and a street party in the Theatre District. Call 847-0850 or visit for more information.


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