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COLORFUL THEATER FOR AUTUMN PLEASURE

Musicals, comedies and family shows set the tone for stage productions opening this week along the Wasatch Front.

- HELLO, DOLLY! is a musical that former New York Times critic Walter Kerr once described as "the best single piece of sheer musical comedy staging I have ever seen since I went to my first minstrel show."And on Friday, Sept. 11, Salt Lakers can once again say "Hello!" to the Wasatch Front's own Dolly Levi - Pat Davis, recreating a role she first performed at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco in 1966, as well as at the Promised Valley Playhouse in 1976 and 1983.

Joining Davis for a 15-performance run in Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre will be Neal Barth as Horance Vandergelder who is a cantankerous client for Dolly Levi's matchmaking services.

Also in the cast are Tricia Davis as young Widow Malloy, Mark Knowles as Cornelius Hackel (the role Michael Crawford had in the film version), Leslie Driggs as Minnie Fay, Deric C. Nance as Barnaby Tucker, Ann Rollins as Ermengarde, Dan Morgan as Ambrose Kemper, Javier Cordoba as Rudolfo and Sue Jarrard as Ernestine.

The Grand Theatre is located on SLCC's South City campus, 1575 S. State St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Sept. 11-26, with a matinee on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. Admission is $2 to $10. All seats are reserved. Phone 468-4222 for reservations or further information.

- PETER PAN, Sir James Barrie's classic fantasy of eternal youth, will be presented for 17 performances, Sept. 12-Nov. 9, at City Rep, 638 S. State St.

This will not be the musical version. Nor will it be the familiar Disney version. This "Peter Pan" is an adaptation by City Rep Artistic Director Joanne M. Parker, based on both the original 1904 play and Barrie's later novel, written about 1911.

The cast for the new City Rep edition, written as a straight play with a background musical score, will be Nigel James, Rosi Hayes, Owen Richardson, Marey Bishop, Blake Barlow, Jeff Tate, Amy Richardson and Michael Canham.

Regular evening performances will be Sept. 12, 14, 18, 26 and 28; Oct. 2, 10, 12, 16, 24, 26 and 30, and Nov. 7 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3, 17 and 31.

Performances are also offered on weekdays at 11:30 a.m. for area school field trips at discounted rates on Sept. 16, 23 and 30; Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 and 28, and Nov. 4 and 6.

"Peter Pan" will be playing in repertory with City Rep's production of the Washington Irving classic, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (Sept. 19-Nov. 16).

Admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.75 for children. All seats are reserved. For reservations, call 532-6000.

- JUST FOR LOVE, City Rep's second offering in its 1992 Theatrical Concert Series, will be presented for four performances between Sept. 11 and Oct. 8 at the theater's new location, 638 S. State St.

A six-member ensemble (Jennifer O'Haley, Bruce Bredeson, Amy Richardson, Laurie Bean, David Glaittli and Julie Molder Blatter) will perform some of the greatest love songs from Hollywood and Broadway, including "Night and Day," "As Time Goes By" and "You'll Never Know."

They'll be accompanied by the Steve Braithwaite Quartet. The show is being staged and choreographed by Marilyn Montgomery.

Performances will be Sept. 11 (a Friday), and Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 and 8 (all Thursdays), at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children. All seats are reserved. call 532-6000 for tickets.

- HARVEY, Mary Chase's delightful Pulitzer Prize-winner about gentle tippler Elwood P. Dowd and his closest friend - a very tall, invisible rabbit, will be presented Sept. 10 through 26 in the Pardoe Drama Theatre of the Harris Fine Arts Center at Brigham Young University, Provo.

Performances are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 26, with a matinee at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. For reservations, call 378-3875.

- BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, a comedy in the "Arsenic and Old Lace" vein, opens Friday at the Heritage Theatre in Perry.

The gist of this play? An assortment of elderly ladies are residing in an otherwise quiet boarding house. A handsome man lives in an apartment across the street. To entice him to visit them, the sweet little old ladies decide that one of them must die. Before it's over, there are a couple of victims - and everyone is a suspect.

Performances are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sept. 11 through Oct. 3.

The theater, a historic former LDS chapel, is located at 2505 S. Highway 89 between Brigham city and Willard. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students/senior citizens, and $3 for children. For reservations, call 723-8392.