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S.L. Acting Company to perform 3 dramas, `Fargo'-esque comedy

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Three major award-winning dramas and the regional premiere of a "Fargo"-esque comedy have been announced by Salt Lake Acting Company for its 1998-99 season.

It's taken months of negotiating, but the Tony Award-winning "Master Class" by Terrence McNally will finally play in Salt Lake. It opens SLAC's season, Sept. 23-Nov. 1, followed by Paula Vogel's acclaimed off- Broadway hit, "How I Learned to Drive" (Nov. 4-Dec. 13), the regional premiere of Quincy Long's "The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite," Feb. 3-March 14, and Moises Kaufman's theatrical phenomenon, "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde," April 7-May 16.An optional add-on for SLAC subscribers will be the 1999 version of "Saturday's Voyeur," scheduled June 23-Aug. 29.

Season tickets are now on sale through ArtTix outlets or by calling 355-2787.

"Master Class" is set during an evening with fabled opera diva Maria Callas as she leads a group of opera hopefuls through a master class on singing and the art of performance. She also shares, in a frank and devastatingly funny manner, the story of her remarkable life.

The controversial "How I Learned to Drive" won several off-Broadway awards. It tells the story of a young woman's coming of age, particularly her tormented relationship with her Uncle Peck.

"The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite" is described as "a radio play for the stage." Sound is employed to create the environment of a wintry Michigan woods, a rough-and-tumble roadhouse, an ice-fishing lake and other sites where the story of three unemployed loggers and their dark and funny misadventures unfold. Playwright Quincy Long has worked with the Sundance Play-writing Lab and Sundance Children's Theatre.

"Gross Indecency . . . " had successful runs in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco and won the 1998 Drama Desk Award. It's composed of the transcripts, newspaper accounts, personal letters and other materials connected to Oscar Wilde.