Productions opening this week along the Wasatch Front include romantic comedies, satires and two dramatic one-act plays.
- "TALLEY'S FOLLY," Lanford Wilson's heartwarming love story and 1980 Pulitzer Prize winner, will run Oct. 1-24 at the Broadway Stage.The two-character romantic drama stars Mary Parker Williams and Mark Bachan. Williams has appeared in "Sabrina Fair" at Hale Center Theater and, most recently, in "I Do! I Do!" and "Broadway at the Broadway," both at the Broadway Stage.
Bachan appeared in the first Brigham Young University production of "Talley's Folly" in 1984 and in a critically acclaimed revival of the show this past July.
The "folly" in "Talley's Folly" is a boathouse built by Sally Talley's uncle in the 1870s. (He had planned on building a gazebo, but that's too frivolous, so it was constructed as a boathouse in order to give it function.)
It is in this unlikely, but romantic place, that Sally and Matt - two unlikely lovers - meet on the evening of July 4, 1944, in the wake of World War II, to resolve their differences and attempt to discover if they can really love one another.
William Sargent is directing "Talley's Folly."
Performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Oct. 1-24 at the Broadway Stage, 272 S. Main, Salt Lake City. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $8 for students with valid I.D. All seats are reserved. There will be a post-show reception on opening night. For tickets or further information, call the box office at 359-4111.
"Talley's Folly" opens the Broadway Stage's 1992-93 season. Coming up: "Nothing Like the Sun," starring Patrick Page, Nov. 20-Dec. 6; "I Hate Hamlet," Jan. 21-Feb. 13; Arthur Miller's "The Price," March 18-April 10, and either Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera" or "Berlin to Broadway," May 13-June 5. (There is a possibility that the January and May productions may be switched.)
- "THE RAINMAKER," N. Richard Nash's comedy-drama about a brash young con artist's impact on the life of a lonely Dust Bowl spinster, will be staged Oct. 1-Nov. 21 at the Hale Center Theater.
The original 1954 Broadway production starred Geraldine Page and Darren McGavin, and the screen version, two years later, featured Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster. The playwright later collaborated with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (of "The Fantasticks" fame) for a musical version, "110 in the Shade," which will be mounted Oct. 21-31 at Brigham Young University.
The conman boasts that not only can he bring much-needed rain to the drought-plagued area but that he can also transform the plain-Jane spinster into a woman ready for love.
John Dale Williams is directing the piece. His performers, all double-cast, include David Nieman and Steven Patrick Sater in the title role; Teresa Francis-Wilde and Janet Wilson alternating as Lizzy Curry, the only female character in the show; Michael J. Guarino and Gordon Johnson as H.C., the Curry family's patriarch; Mike Westenskow and Ron Jewett as younger brother Jim; David Hanson and K. Ryan Bowen as older brother Noah, with Bus Riley and Alan Mangum trading off as Lizzy's would-be boyfriend, and Don Cosney and Bob Chambers as the sheriff.
Performances will be Mondays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. from Oct. 1 through Nov 21 at the Hale Center Theater, 2801 S. Main, with Saturday matinees at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 and 24 and Nov. 7, 14 and 21. No performance on Oct. 31. For reservations, call 484-9257.
- "THE FARLEY FAMILY REUNION," James Arrington's popular comedy about the bizarre kinfolk attending an annual family reunion, will have five performances at the Provo Tabernacle this week and next.
Playdates are Monday, Sept. 28; Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 1-3, and Monday, Oct. 5, all at 7 p.m. in the historic downtown tabernacle.
Tickets will be available in advance from the Timp Book Store in Orem or the Flower Basket in Provo or at the door prior to performances. Admission is $6 in advance or $7 on the day of the show. Groups of 12 or more will be admitted for $5 each. For further information, call 379-6600.
- "ROOM SERVICE," is a zany comedy that director Charles Metten promises will have audiences in the Brigham Young University Margetts Arena Theater laughing loud and long.
The 1937 stage play was the basis for a hit Marx Brothers movie. It deals with the ins and outs of getting a play produced and the would-be producers, who're in danger of being evicted from their hotel rooms.
The cast of the BYU production includes Eric Robertson, Corey Ewan, Nathan Miles, Blaine Sundrud, Aaron Eckhardt, Renee Belyea, Michael Wethered, Christen Swego, Jason Tatom, John Moyar, Brad Slocum, Rod Elwood, Steve Dayley and John Lundwall.
Performances will be Tuesdays-Saturdays, Oct. 1-17 at 7:30 p.m. (except for an 8:30 performance on Saturday, Oct. 3), with one matinee on Monday, Oct. 12, at 4 pm.
Tickets are available at $7 for general public, $6.50 for senior citizens and $6 for faculty, staff and students through the drama ticket office, 378-7447.
- "AT HOME" and "ABROAD," two one-act plays by Michael Weller, will be presented Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 3, in the Monson Theatre of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts at Weber State University, Ogden.
The student-directed plays are not part of the school's 1992-93 performing arts/theater season, but the project has been developed with support of the WSU department of performing arts.
Julie Armstrong is directing the plays, which tell separate stories but which are often mounted together because they share the same characters.
Leslie Warwood and A.J. D'Agostino portray Paul and Carol. The plays deal with their "perfect" marriage and their sometimes awkward relationships with their mutual friends.
WSU cautions that "At Home" and "Abroad" are not plays for young children.
All seating is general admission and tickets ($6 for adults and $3 for students or senior citizens) will be available only at the door.
Compiled by Ivan M. Lincoln, Deseret News theater editor, 237-2150. FAX: 237-2121. Information on stage productions or audition notices should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the opening or audition date.