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A New Theater Season

Once again, for the 28th time, the curtains rise on a new theater season with the uniquely Buffalonian Curtain Up! celebration, which begins with cocktails, an evening of theater-going, and then a big street party. This year, event co-chair Robert Brunschmid, managing director of Theatre of Youth, promises some improvements that he hopes will make this year especially memorable.

Keith Waterhouse Dies at 80

Keith Waterhouse, the celebrated novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and newspaper columnist, dubbed the King of Fleet Street by his peers, died on September 4 at the age of 80. Waterhouse, who achieved fame with his 1959 novel, Billy Liar, had a special connection to Buffalo, as his son Robert, is the artistic director of the New Phoenix Theatre here, and his 1989 play, Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell, was a successful vehicle for David Lamb, who played the role, created in London by Peter O’Toole, twice at the Kavinoky Theatre, under the younger Waterhouse’s direction.

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