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Our first peek at the fall regional theater season comes this weekend, when Triangle Network of Theatres presents A Taste of Triangle Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill's Center for Dramatic Art. Last year's edition blew the lid off what was once a well-kept secret among the theater's cognoscenti. This time around, nine regional companies--including Actors' Comedy Lab, ArtsCenter, Burning Coal, Herman LeVerne Jones' National Ensemble Theater, New World Stage, Playmakers Rep, Theatre in the Park (Tony Pender in Theatre in the Park's Richard III is pictured), Transactors and N.C. State's University Theatre--present a sampler of their recent hits and things to come. Highlights include a look behind the curtain at Burning Coal's upcoming production of Tom Stoppard's Travesties, and fond looks back at Playmakers' springtime showing of Art and University Theatre's Stop Kiss. Free food and drink from places like Rick's Diner, Irregardless Café, Yancey's and Nikos Tavern should add savor to the evening. If you can't catch Saturday's early show at 7 p.m. or the late show at 10 p.m., there's one more chance, next Saturday at 8 p.m., at Theatre in the Park. Tickets are $10, and reservations are a good idea. Call 831-6058 for details. --Byron Woods

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