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Is this farce necessary?

In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor plans to meet with his female accountant while in the room next door two undercover cops prepare to capture the meeting on videotape. What could go wrong? Plenty.

"Unnecessary Farce," by Paul Slade Smith, creates comedy from confusion when the play is staged here, Jan. 7 to 15, by the aptly named Not Another Theater Co.

The farce opens at 8 p.m. Friday Jan. 7 at Fire and Ice Banquet Facilities at The Locker Room, 528 Hiawatha Blvd. E., on the city's North Side. The show also runs at 8 p.m., Saturday Jan. 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9; and 8 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15.

Couples can dine and catch the show for $55; dinner and show for singles costs $29; and tables of eight are available for $199. Diners choose between chicken cordon bleu or chicken Caesar salad.

For show only, you pay $20. For info, call 446-1461.

Directed by Meaghan Pearson and produced by Dustin Czarny, "Unnecessary Farce" stars Michael Shanahan, Crystal Roupas, Katie Deferio, Steve Rowlands, Justin Polly, Casey Callaghan and Kathleen Egloff.

- Russ Tarby

'13' makes Syracuse premier

Divorce, rumors, blackmail, getting the cold shoulder -- who can forget high school?

The Gifford Family Theater will stage "13," the first Broadway musical to employ an all-teenage cast, from Thursday Jan. 6 to Sunday Jan. 9 at the Coyne Center for Performing Arts at LeMoyne College.

The show features a rock score by Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown and is based on the book of the same name by Den Elish, and follows soon-to-be 13-year-old Evan as his parents split and he is transplanted from New York City to small town Indiana.

The show premiers in Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 to 8, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday Jan. 9.

Tickets cost $22 for adults, $18 for students.

For more information, visit lemoyne.edu or call 445-4200.

- Ami Olson

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