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The 1989-90 Utah State Theatre season at Utah State University is worth checking out, according to Theatre Arts department head Sid Perkes.

"If you have never taken the opportunity to attend one of our productions, this is the year to check out Utah State Theatre," said Perkes. "We are presenting contemporary, classic and award-winning drama."Our season of productions enables us to provide the community with quality theatre, while at the same time providing educational opportunities for students in our department," he said.

The season opens in November with the musical "Evita" and continues with "Narrative Theatre: The Desert West," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Diviners," "Broadway Bound" and "An Evening of One-Act Plays."

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's compelling musical "Evita" tells the story of the social and political rise of Eva Peron, bit actress, mistress and, finally, wife to Argentine dictator Juan Peron. The musical won seven Tony awards. "Evita" will be presented Nov. 2-4 and 9-11 in the Morgan Theatre of the Chase Fine Arts Center.

Rooted in the tradition of storytelling, "Narrative Theatre: The Desert West," by USU faculty member Arthur Y. Smith, is a new script based on contemporary fiction by Western writers. The interpretive theatre presentation opens Monday, Nov. 27, in the Studio Stage Theatre.

This year's Shakespearean classic production is the popular "A Midsummer Night's Dream," to be performed Feb. 8-10 and 15-17 on the Morgan Theatre stage. It will be directed by Gary Bird.

The season continues with James Leonard, Jr.'s "The Diviners" at the Lyric Theatre, 28 West Center, Logan. This drama, set in the early 1930's in a tiny southern Indiana town, runs March 29-31 and April 5-7.

Utah State Theatre will present "Broadway Bound," the third play in Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy, April 26-28 and May 3-5 in the Morgan Theatre.

Utah State Theatre will honor Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee John Randolph at a special scholarship benefit night during the production run. Randolph received the Tony Award, theatre's highest honor, for his performance as Ben in the Broadway production of "Broadway Bound."

The season concludes with four one-act productions, two performed on alternate nights, in May. A variety of new and experimental comedies and dramas will be offered. "An Evening of One-Act Plays" runs May 23-26 at the Lyric Theatre.

Season subscription packages for all six plays are available through Nov. 3. Adult subscriptions are $26 and senior citizen and youth $22.

Discounts are available for USU students, faculty and staff as well.

A flexible subscription package is offered again this year. The $40 package contains eight passes, to be used in any combination for the six productions.

Subscriptions are available through the USU ticket office in the Smith Spectrum, 750-1657, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information or season brochures, contact Kerry Bringhurst at 750-1500 or the theatre department office at 750-3046.