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ALL THE STAGES ARE A WORLD OF FUN

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From "Five Guys Named Moe" to a whole bunch of people named Farley, the emphasis in this week's stage offerings is - to quote the Beach Boys - fun, fun, fun.

- FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE boogies into town Tuesday for eight performances at the Capitol Theatre under the auspices of the Theater League of Utah.The recipient of an Olivier Award in London as "outstanding entertainment of the year" and a Tony Award nomination for "best musical," the show is a fast-paced revue showcasing such great Louis Jordan rhythm-and-blues hits as "Let the Good Times Roll," "Caldonia," "Messy Bessy," "Is You Is or Is You Ain't Ma Baby," the title song and many others.

Sylvie Drake of the Los Angeles Times called the show " . . . a big party with conga lines, sing-alongs and enough high spirits to send a small rocket into orbit . . . "

According to Bob Thomas of the Associated Press, it is "an explosion of talent and merriment . . . brings the audience to its feet with a joyful conga line and ovations at the curtain . . . all of the performers have brilliant moments."

Performances will be Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $15 to $35. For reservations, call ArtTix at 355-2787 or visit the box office at the Capitol Theatre or ArtTix outlets in selected Albertson's supermarkets.

- THE FARLEY FAMILY REUNION, with longtime Utah favorite James Arrington performing 28 assorted characters in the beloved fictional (or is it?) Farley clan, is scheduled for four performances in the Pardoe Theatre of Brigham Young University's Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo.

Now an artist-in-residence at Ricks College in Rexburg, Arrington tried to retire his Farleys a couple of years ago - even creating a videotape of his one-man show.

But, despite the American Conservatory Theatre-trained actor/writer's success with a number of other projects (notably "Here's Brother Brigham" and "J. Golden"), audiences just won't let the Farleys rest.

Performances: Wednesday-Saturday, June 15-18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $6.50 for senior citizens and BYU alumni, and $6 for students, faculty or staff. For reservations, call 378-4322.

- HEIDI: THE MUSICAL, adapted by William Friedberg and Neil Simon from Joanna Spyri's classic tale, is scheduled for five performances in the Murray Park Amphitheatre, 495 E. 5300 South.

Director Ken Harper's cast includes Ashley Jarrett in the title role with Jim Ashby as the grandfather and Kyle Cottam as Peter. Others in the cast are Rebecca Larsen, Antonio Palacios, Alison Jensen, Don Taylor, Kimberly Hart and Madeline Giles.

Composer Clay Warnick and lyricist Carolyn Leigh wrote the show's score, based on the works of Robert Schumann.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18, and Monday and Tuesday, June 20-21. Tickets (available at the Murray Parks office, Zions First National Bank in Murray or at the gate) are $5 for adults and $3 for children and elderly.

There will also be a special "grandfather's" night on Saturday, when granddads will be admitted for $1 each, and there is a family night package ($15 per family) for the Monday performance. For further information, call 264-2614.

- THE LEMON COOKIE, a comedic "he said/she said" account of a contemporary marriage in the throes of atrophy, is the next in Salt Lake Acting Company's 1994 series of free readings.

It's being performed today at 2 p.m. in the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Fine Arts in Logan and on Tuesday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. at SLAC's theater, 168 W. 50 North.

It was written by Jack Heifner, who is best known for his play, "Vanities."

Valerie Kittel is directing the piece. Her cast includes Brad Shroeder, Kori Ramsey, Jayne Luke, Phil Taylor, Teresa Sanderson and L.L. West.

Refreshments will be served.

- THE MEDDLING MYSTIC, an evening of seance comedy and sleuthing by Hunt Mystery & Company, will be performed Saturday, June 18, at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Dinner guests will try to discover whether psychic Claire Voyant is truly intercepting murderous thoughts or if she's just a phony Hungarian. Will Alexandra Valentina announce her miraculous Fountain of Youth cosmetic discovery? Will Freddie Valentina and Connie Greed find true love in a cup of hot cocoa? Will lonely Madeline Langtry and bumbling Al Cohol tell their steamy tale to the ever-youthful inventor Mortimer Langtry? Will Sylvia Labrie find a beau?

Cast members are William Bisson, Melonie Cannon, Bruce Craven, Joan Johnson, Diane and Monte Lyon, JoDean Pond and Laurie Ridges.

The dinner and mystery costs $25 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m., and dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Call Snowbird's Special Events Office at 521-6040 to make reservations.

- THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, the joyous rags-to-riches story of a spunky, legendary Titanic survivor, is scheduled June 17-July 30 at the StageStop Theatre in Collinston.

Meredith Willson's popular musical features Randi Harrington Weekes as Molly, who not only survives the sinking of the Titanic, but survives the rudeness of her Denver neighbors and marriage to prospector Leadville Johnny Brown.

Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays and Mondays at 7:30 p.m., with one matinee scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 for youths/children and senior citizens. All seats are $1 less on Monday nights and matinees. Group rates are also available. For reservations, call 458-3967 or (toll-free in Utah) 1-800-248-2530. Reservations may also be made in person at Keith Jorgensen's Music in Cache Valley Mall, Kids' Land Day Care Center in Garland or at the theater, 3585 W. Bigler Rd., between Tremonton and Logan.

- THE FOREIGNER, the late Larry Shue's acclaimed comedy about a shy visitor suddenly thrust into a remote lodge in the Deep South, will open the Hale Summer Playhouse's expanded season at the Hale family's ranch near Grover, about 14 miles northwest of Capitol Reef National Park.

It'll play Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18, at 8 p.m. General admission seating in the rustic theater is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Group rates are available. For reservations, call 425-3589 or contact Sherry Brian in Salt Lake at 572-5070.

Five other plays are on the Playhouse's summer schedule: "Five on a Honeymoon," June 30-July 2; "Bundle of Trouble," July 21-23; "Sockeye and the Sissy," a brand new Ruth Hale comedy having it's "out-of-town" tryout, Aug. 4-6; "Lilacs in the Rain," Aug. 11-13, and "The Curious Savage," Sept. 2 and 3.