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Two productions next weekend will help raise funds for local and national causes - "The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives," benefiting the Utah Human Rights Coalition, and "Beyond the Barricade," which will jointly benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation and the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organizations.

- THE RETURN engagement of "The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives," first staged in 1993 by Salt Lake Acting Company, reprises the local show's original cast and director - actresses Toni Byrd and Laurie Johnson and director Ellen Graham.The show, created and first presented off Broadway in 1991 by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, is a series of character sketches that blend love, compassion, grand humor and quiet seriousness.

Cal Noyce, UHRC cochair, notes, "I missed the show when SLAC did it and have wanted to see it ever since. So, for rather selfish reasons I guess, I'm glad I'll have a chance to see it . . . twice even."

Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26, at 7 p.m. at Highland Park Elementary School, 1738 E. 2700 South. General admission is $15 for adults,$12 for UHRC members and $10 for students, senior citizens and those with low incomes.

Tickets are available in advance from A Woman's Place Book Store in Foothill Village and at the Blue Marble, 1400 S. 1100 East.

Funds raised from the performances will be earmarked for an intensive, two-day skills-building and training workshop scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 on the University of Utah campus.

The training will be provided mainly by experts from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, with UHRC as the host.

For further information about the benefit, contact the Utah Human Rights Coalition at 484-5291.

- "BEYOND THE BARRICADE," is a variety revue being mounted by the cast and crew of the national touring company of "Les Mis-era-bles," currently playing in a sold-out engagement at the Capitol Theatre.

The benefit show, during which many "Les Miz" performers will do everything from Judy Garland impersonations to country music hits and Broadway show stoppers, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main. All seats are $30 each, with tickets available only through the Theater League of Utah at 355-5502 or at the door.

There will also be an auction featuring autographed posters and other "Les Miz" memorabilia.

All proceeds will be divided between the Utah AIDS Foundation and the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS groups.

Richard Jay-Alexander, associate director and executive producer for the Broadway and North American productions of "Les Miserables," and casting director Ron LaRosa will co-host and emcee the evening's entertainment.