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Blackfriars Theatre, 28 Lawn St (454-1260; Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, Oct. 5-26. Dirty Blonde, Dec. 7-29, with performances Dec. 31. Fully Committed, March 1-22. Rags: A Musical, May 3-24, 2003. Tickets: $20-$22; $35 on New Year's Eve.

Bristol Valley Theatre, 151 S. Main St, Naples (374-6318; Horseplay!, 8 p.m. Sept. 20-21. In My Head I'm Thin, 8 p.m. Sept. 27-28. An Old Time Music Celebration, 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12. Call for ticket info.

Downstairs Cabaret Theatre (325-4370): Suds, Ain't Misbehavin: The Music of Fats Waller, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, continuing. Call for ticket info.

Gates Community Theatre, in the Roberts Wesleyan College Hale Auditorium, 2301 Westside Drive (594-6008): Miracle on 34th Street, Dec. 14-15. $8. Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Geva Theatre, 75 Woodbury Blvd (232-GEVA): On the Mainstage: Cookin' at the Cookery, through oct. 6. Proof, Oct. 15-Nov. 17. A Christmas Carol, Nov. 29-Dec. 29. Brighton Beach Memoirs, Jan. 7-Feb. 9, 2003. 36 Views, Feb. 18-March 23, 2003. Theophilus North, April 1-May 4, 2003. 1776, May 14-June 22, 2003. On the Nextstage: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Nov 12-Dec 8. Lobby Hero, March 18-April 6, 2003. September Shoes, June 3-22, 2003. Big Theatre for Little People (for children ages 5-11): Meet Me Incognito, Jan-Feb, 2003. Panadero: The Baker's Tale, May, 2003.

Henrietta Community Theatre, Rush Henrietta Senior High School, 1799 Lehigh Station Road (359-2540): Lend Me a Tenor, Sept. 13-14, 20-21. Call for ticket info.

Jewish Community CenterStage, 1200 Edgewood Ave (461-2000, x235; Shtik! A Queer Play on Jewish Vaudeville, Oct. 19-20. Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Dec. 7-31. The Trouble with Peggy: Pieces of Guggenheim, Feb. 8-9, 2003. The Chosen, March 1-22. Dinner with Friends, May 3-17.

Monroe Community College, MCC Theatre, Building 4, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd (292-2534): Smokey Joe's Café: The Song of Leiber and Stoller, Nov. 22-24. $8; $5 with MCC ID and for children under 12.

Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave (389-2170): Reduced Shakespeare Company, Nov. 1. The Jungle Book, Nov. 23-24; Dec. 14-15. The Capitol Steps, Jan. 25, 2003.The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Feb. 15, 2003. As You Like It, May 2, 2003. I Never Saw Another Butterfly, May 11, 2003. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, May 31, 2003.

Nazareth College Theatre Arts Department, 4245 East Avenue (389-2170): Tartuffe, Oct. 18-20, 25-27. The House of Yes, Nov. 15-17, 22-24. The Laramie Project, Feb. 21-23, Feb. 27-March 2. A Lie of the Mind, April 10-13 and 16-17. Tickets: $8; $7 students; $6 seniors.

Off-Monroe Players, (234-0500; HMS Pinafore, Nov 8-10, 15-17, 22-23. Performances at Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner Street. Call for ticket info.

Pittsford Musicals, Pittsford-Mendon High School (586-1500; South Pacific, Nov. 15-16, 22-23. Call for ticket info.

Roberts Wesleyan College, Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center, 2301 Westside Drive (594-6008; RWCCT production of The Wizard of Oz, Nov. 1-3, 8-10. Spring production TBA.

Rochester Academy of Performing Arts(RAPA), 727 E. Main Street(325-3366): Nunsense, Oct. 11-20; $12. Bah, Humbug! Scrooge's Christmas Carol (Junior Players): Dec. 6-15. $10. Annie, Jan. 31-Feb. 23, 2003; $14; $10 students. Footloose (Teen Players): May 2-18, 2003; $12.

Rochester Broadway Theatre League (222-5000, 232-1900, ): Jim Brickman, Sept. 26-29. The Vagina Monologues, Oct. 1-6. West Side Story, Oct. 8-13; Mamma Mia!, Nov. 26-Dec. 8. The Music Man, Feb. 3-9. The Full Monty, March 18-23. Blast!, April 29-May 4. All shows at the Auditorium Center. Season tickets: $116.50-$293.50.

Rochester Children's Theatre, School of the Arts, 45 Prince St (271-7870): Cirkus Inferno, Oct. 19-20. Jack and the Beanstalk, Oct. 26-Nov. 10. Hansel and Gretel, Nov. 30-Dec. 8. Circo Comedio with juggling master Monsier Saucier, Jan. 11, 2003. Show Queen, Jan. 25-Feb. 9, 2003. Ramona Quimby, March 15-30, 2003. Stuart Little, April 5-27, 2003. One Family/ One Planet, May 10, 2003. Call for ticket information.

The Shakespeare Company of Greater Rochester, at St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 350 Chili Ave (334-7429): Twelfth Night, Sept. 26-28, Oct. 3-5. Free; suggested donation $5; $3 children.

The Shaw Festival, Niagara on the Lake (800-511-SHAW; At the Festival Theatre: Candida, through Nov. 23; Caesar and Cleopatra, through Oct. 27; Detective Story, through Sept. 21; Hay Fever, through Nov. 24. At the Court House Theatre: Return of the Prodigal, Oct. 5. House of Bernarda Alba, through Oct. 5. His Majesty, through Sept. 21. Chaplin, through Oct. 6. At the Royal George: The Old Ladies, through Oct. 27. Merrily We Roll Along, through Oct. 26. The Old Lady Shows Her Medals, through Sept. 21.

Shipping Dock Theatre, 151 St. Paul St (232-2250; Spinning Into Butter, Oct. 4-27; Fuddy Meers, Dec 6-31. Low Level Panic, Feb. 7-March 2, 2003. TBA, April 11-May 4. The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, June 13-July 6, 2003. Tickets: $18; $16 students with ID and seniors 62 and over.

The Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada (800-567-1600; Festival Theatre: My Fair Lady through Nov. 10; Romeo and Juliet through Nov. 2; King Lear through Nov. 3. Avon Theatre: The Threepenny Opera through Nov. 2; The Scarlet Pimpernel through Nov. 2. Richard III: Reign of Terror, through Nov. 3. Tom Patterson Theatre: Henry VI: Revenge in France, through Sept. 28. The Two Noble Kingsmen, through Nov. 29. Studio Theatre: The Swanne: Part 1, through Nov. 2. Call for ticket information.

Studio Arena Theatre, 710 Main Street, Buffalo (856-8025): A Streetcar Named Desire, through Oct. 13. Cookin' at the Cookery, Oct. 20-Nov. 17. The Mousetrap, Dec. 1-28. Shooting Craps, Jan 5-Feb. 2. The Drawer Boy, Feb. 14-March 9. Shear Madness, March 16-April 13. Call for ticket information.

SUNY Brockport, Tower Fine Arts Theater (395-ARTS): Blithe Spirit, Oct. 3-6; Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Nov. 21-24. Festival of Ten, Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 7-9, 2003. Twelfth Night, April 25-27, May 2-4. Student Theatre Production in the Tower Fine Arts Lab Theatre: True West, Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2. Tickets: $10; $7 students and seniors.

SUNY Geneseo(245-5873): After Magritte and The Real Inspector Hound, 8 p.m. Oct. 3-8, Robert Sinclair Theatre. Into the Woods, 8 p.m. Nov. 6-10, Alice Austin Theatre, Brodie Hall.

In This Guide...

  • Homecoming season for a Bills fan

    The last four falls, I've been a Bills fan in exile on the peninsula of Portland, Maine. That's deep in Patriots country, enemy territory.

  • Music, theater, and art: a season of celebration

    It seems entirely appropriate that the publication date of City's Fall Guide this year is September 11. In this annual issue, our writers preview the season in music, theater, art, performances, exhibitions, and literature.

  • An upstate autumn: eating what you kill

    Credit: Kurt Brownell Text: At a recent lunch, the subject of venison came up, with one friend saying how awful he always finds it.

  • Television: Reality is dead; cops, docs, and lawyers live on

    With 32 new shows set to kick off in the next couple of months, City thought you might require some sort of guide to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.             Otherwise, how would you be able to tell the difference between Do Over (WB, 8:30 p.m.

  • Headline: Movies: Great expectations, after summer's best

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  • Movies: A harvest of remakes, sequels, and series

    As all students of the contemporary cinema know, and most reviewers tediously reiterate, the change of seasons from summer to fall should also signal a transformation in the variety of entertainment flickering in the multiple tense darknesses of the megaplexes.             Accepted wisdom preaches that with the kids back in school and the weather turning cooler, and perhaps freed somewhat from the desperate need to release some new spectacular every week, Hollywood will serve up heartier fare than the usual kiddie cartoons, raunchy comedies, exploding blockbusters, horror films, science fiction, cop thrillers and of course, assorted teenpix.

  • Festivals

    Agricultural Society Fair, Genesee Country Nature Center, 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford (538-6822, A country fair, 19th-century style, with food, livestock and crafts. Oct. 5-6.

  • Art

    Local 1570 Gallery, Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue (442-8470): "Art for the Soul," with work by Eve Bothelho, Coral Dalton, M. Wendy Gwirtzman, Raphaella McCormack; opening reception, 6-8 p.m.

  • Literature and lectures

    30th Annual Rochester Book Fair, benefits the University of Rochester Libraries: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21, the Student Life Center, St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue.

  • Classical music

    Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Text: Philharmonic Series(454-2100): All concerts at 8 p.m. in Eastman Theatre; pre-concert chats at 7 p.m.

  • Families and museums

    Text: Center at High Falls, 60 Browns Race (325-2030): Historic district, touring and learning center with orientation to Rochester for groups. Attractions: Original Mill Raceway, Archaeology Site & Giant Waterwheel,"Laser, Light & Fireworks Spectacular!" offered weekends through mid-October, holidays.

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