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UTAH SHOWS COVER THE MAP

From ancient Padua to the French Riviera to the streets around Times Square and even somewhere in outer space - scripts and locales are all over the map in this week's theatrical openings.

- "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW," William Shakespeares's boisterous battle of the sexes, is Salt Lake Shakespeare's second production of its premiere summer-in-the-Babcock season.Directed by Alexander Gelman, the cast includes Charleton James as Petruchio, Stacey Jenson as Katherina, Matt Mullaney as Baptista and Holly Brown as Bianca.

Not merely content to stage a "traditional" version, Gelman will toss in a few surprises - such as some commentary by Christopher Sly (also played by James), who stumbles into the theater.

Performances will be Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30 p.m. from Aug. 10 through Aug. 27 in the Babcock Theatre, located on the lower level of Pioneer Memorial Theatre on the University of Utah. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. They're available from all local ArtTix outlets (355-2787) or at the door prior until curtain time.

There will be a post-play discussion Aug. 18.

- "THERE GOES THE BRIDE," a British comedy from the same team who created "Run For Your Wife" (John Chapman and Ray Cooney), closes Park City Performances' 1994-95 season in the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main.

A young bride's wedding day goes disastrously awry when her father is bonked on the head and suddenly envisions the girl of his ad campaign dreams. Unfortunately, the bewildered man's family and friends cannot see the dream girl - an uninhibited flapper.

Director Edward J. Gryska's cast includes Geoff Spade, Melissa Timms, Steve Kerr, Thom Dillon, Joanna Charnes, Janet Bushnell and Michael Elkington.

The set is by Marnie Sears.

Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. from Aug. 11 through Sept. 23. All seats are reserved. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students and $8 for children (11 and under). Group rates are available. On Thursday evenings, all tickets are discounted $2. For reservations, call 649-9371.

- "GUYS AND DOLLS," the splashy musical based on Damon Runyon's memorable stories about gamblers, gangsters, hustlers and other denizens of Times Square, opens Friday, Aug. 11, in the Allred Theatre of Weber State University's Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts in Ogden.

James Taulli, who directed last season's Utah Musical Theatre productions of "Red, Hot and Cole," "The Pajama Game" and "City of Angels," is directing a cast that includes Bret Wheadon as Sky Masterson, Linda Morris as Sarah, the Salvation Army sweetheart; Duane V. Stephens as gambler Nathan Detroit, and Paris Bradstreet as the eternal bridesmaid, Miss Adelaide.

It plays nightly at 7:30 except Sundays, Aug. 11-26, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.

All seats are reserved. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and senior citizens. Student Rush tickets, available only 15 minutes prior to the performance, are $7 each (for students with current I.D. cards).

For reservations, call the Dee Events Center box office at 626-8500.

- THE UTAH MUSICAL THEATRE'S Storybook Players company will present a performance of its "Rumplestiltskin" on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Red Butte Garden as part of the garden's Canyon Kids' Concert series. Admission to the play is included with admission to the garden ($3 for adults and $2 for children over the age of four). The show runs from 10 a.m. until noon.

Following the performance, the performers will demonstrate how to act like characters from the play.

- "THE BOYFRIEND," a British spoof of Hollywood musicals, set during the Roaring Twenties, is being staged Friday, Aug. 11, Saturday, Aug. 12, and Monday, Aug. 14, by the Bluffdale Arts Council - marking its move out of the Bluffdale Fire Station and into the town's new elementary school, 14300 S. 2700 West.

Directed by Laura Garner, the cast includes Michelle Bowman and Tim Sorenson as the show's two young lovers, Polly and Tony (she's a millionaire's daughter and he's a delivery boy), with Jennifer Hague as Mme. Dubonnet, the flirtatious proprietor of a French Riviera finishing school.

Others in the cast include Matt Thacker, Angeli Anderson, Ginger Bowman, Merrilea Garner, Brad Sorenson, Heather Hague, Bryan Peterson and Michelle Larson.

Lori Nebeker is choreographing the show, with Marianne Dunn directing the band.

Tickets are $4 each (available in advance from cast members or at the door prior to performances). A "four-for-the-price-of-three" coupon is also available as well as a $15 family pass on Monday night.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 253-0261 during regular business hours.

- TWO MYSTERY DINNER EVENTS are scheduled this week at opposite ends of the area - one as a benefit in Brigham City and the other at Snowbird Resort.

- "Space: The Fatal Frontier," is being presented by Chameleons: The Whodunit Company on Friday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Snowbird's Golden Cliff lodge. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $28 per person, which includes both dinner and the mystery participation. For reservations, call 742-2222, Ext. 4080.

- "Mid-Evil Days and Knights," a Hunt Mystery & Company production, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in the courtyard of Brigham City's Government Square (between the old court house and the City Hall at Main and Forest).

Admission is $12 each. Seating is limited.

The event is being hosted by Main Street Brigham City, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to show people that downtown Main Street is a great place for fun, festivities and civic activities.

Tickets are available in advance from the Main Street Office, 6 N. Main, or by calling 723-0560, and from such local businesses as Permanent Solution, Mountainland R.V., Brigham City Museum & Gallery and Furlong Photography.

- "A PRELUDE OF LOVE," a comedy by Ruth and Nathan Hale, will be presented Thursday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Hale Summer Playhouse in Grover (near Capitol Reef National Park). For ticket information, call 572-5070 (Salt Lake City).