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FAREWELL PERFORMANCE, `IGUANA' ON PLAY CALENDAR

The "farewell performance" by a well-known Westminster College instructor, a production of one of Tennessee Williams' classic plays and a rare Salt Lake appearance by Ricks College's premiere entertainment troupe are scheduled this week in Salt Lake City.

(For information on stage productions opening elsewhere in the region, see related story on E9.)- PAUL ROBESON, adapted from a Broadway show exploring the life and times of the acclaimed singer and controversial political activist, will be performed today at 3 p.m. in Westminster College's Jewett Center for the Performing Arts.

The production is free of charge and is being billed as a farewell performance by Robert Ingram Jr., adjunct professor of speech at Westminster.

Ingram will be joined by Chris Quinn, Westminster music professor, as Robeson's longtime accompanist Lawrence Brown, and theater student Jim Martin in the role of the chairman of the House

Un-American Activities Committee, which stirred up trouble for Robeson when he began speaking out against racial injustice.

Ingram is also dedicating the performance to Tom Carlin and the late Ariel Ballif and the late Stewart Falconer, who were partners in the former Theatre 138, one of the city's early and longest-running alternative theaters.

Ingram has gained considerable acclaim in his previous portrayals of Robeson, whom Ingram describes as "America's Renaissance man." Robeson was a star football end at Rutgers, a lawyer, a prominent actor, a superb singer and a political activist.

- THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, which looked like a certain failure during its first out-of-town tryouts in the early 1960s, then became an award-winning Broadway hit after it was restaged and rewritten, is opening a two-week run in the intimate Babcock Theatre on the University of Utah campus.

Tennessee Williams' brilliant tragicomedy throws together four desperate, lonely people in a ramshackle hotel on the west coast of Mexico.

Directed by Ellen Graham, the cast includes Charlton James as defrocked Rev. Lawrence T. Shannon, Barbara Smith Kerber as lusty innkeeper Maxine Faulk, Koranda Banks as spinster Hannah Jelkes and Gary Anderson as Jonathan "Nonno" Coffin, her aging grandfather.

Performances are Thursdays-Sundays in the Babcock (lower level of Pioneer Memorial Theatre building, 300 S. 1340 East).

Curtain is 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday (April 22). Admission is $6 on Thursdays, Sundays and for the matinee and $7 on Friday and Saturday evenings, with half-price tickets for all students. For reservations, call 581-6961.

There will also be a free panel discussion at 4:45 p.m. on April 22, following the matinee.

- HEARTS AND HOMES, the 1995 touring production of Ricks College's Showtime Company, will be performed for one night only on Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Promised Valley Playhouse. This is the first time the group has performed in Salt Lake City.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and children. For reservations, contact Carter Jones at 364-0600, or Susan Ryser (942-3133) or Sandy Nordberg (571-5007), both of Sandy, or Lisa Crockett-Day in the Provo/Orem area at 224-7246 (daytime) or 224-5946 (after 6 p.m.).