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The Niagara University theater department will kick off its 2012-13 season on Thursday with a production of Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch,” a dark tale of murder in a small Midwestern town. The 1966 show, which premiered at New York City’s La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and was revived in 1988 at Second Stage Theatre, will run in the recently renovated William P. and Marie Leary Theatre through Oct. 22.
Next up on the NU season is Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” a farce in the classic style, slated for Nov. 8 to 18. That’s followed by a production of Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ “Urinetown the Musical,” a sort of post-modern satire of contemporary society and the musical itself, from Dec. 6 to 16.
The new year at Niagara starts with its 34th annual Short Play Festival, which includes three cycles of plays directed by students, from Jan. 18 to 26, 2013. After that, it’s a production of Steve Martin’s historical drama of ideas, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” Feb. 14 to 17. “Time Stands Still,” Donald Marguiles’ taut psychological drama about a war photographer returning home, seen last season at the Kavinoky Theatre, runs from Feb. 22 to 24.
The classic Molière comedy “The Learned Ladies” takes the Leary Theatre stage from March 21 to 26. And the season closes out with Stephen Sondheim’s beloved fractured fairy tale “Into the Woods,” from April 18 to 28. For more info on the season, call 286-8685 or visit theatre.niagara.edu.
-Colin Dabkowski