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There's something for all theatergoing tastes this week, from an intense drama about the Holocaust to Shakespeare to Broadway comedy and music. (For details on the Westminster Players' production of Arthur Miller's "Playing for Time," see attached story.

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU," Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 comedy, will play March 16-31 in Salt Lake Community College's Grand Theatre.

Considered one of the great comedies of the American stage, the action revolves around the eccentric Vanderhof household, where the patriarch of the family believes that life is best when people do as they like rather than as they should. Then their daughter brings her fiancé and his stuffy parents home for dinner. There are fireworks — literally — when the outrageously unorthodox Vanderhofs come in contact with the straight-laced Kirbys.

Directed by Ron Frederickson, the cast includes Neal Barth as Grandpa, Winkie Horman as Mother, Jim Gastelum as Father, Melody Baugh as Alice, Don Leavitt as Tony (her fiancé), Brad Nygren and Susan Abbey as Don's parents, Julie Blatter as Mother's sister, Bruce Craven as the brother-in-law, and Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin and Kenny Knight as the household help. Also in the cast are Jim Dale, Mike Hardy, Darla Davis, Allison Davis, Jarvis Anderson, Barrett Maynard, Joe Bigler and Chris Hill.

Performances are Mondays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets range from $6 to $16. For reservations, call 957-3322. The Grand Theatre is at SLCC's South City campus, 1575 S. State. Free parking is available on the east side of the building.

"RICHARD III," William Shakespeare's drama about one of the most infamous villains in literary history, will have 15 performances this month in Brigham Young University's Pardoe Theatre.

Richard is referred to as "the son of hell," and Morgan uses this image to form the concept that everyone in the play makes his own hell on earth, and Richard plays on those weaknesses.

David Morgan is directing a cast that includes Cristian Bell as Richard, Nathan Mitchell as Richmond, Christina A. Davis as Lady Anne, Robert Gibbs as Lord Hastings, Matthew Herrick as James Tyrell, Jesse Harward as Richard Ratcliffe and Jeremy Selim as Buckingham. Although Shakespeare's original script has nearly 50 characters, Morgan's production has been slimmed down to 22 parts, which he promises "will be more understandable and easier to follow."

There will be half-price preview performances at 7:30 p.m. on March 14 and 15 ($4 and $5). Regular performances are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., March 16-31, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on March 24. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for BYU students, faculty and staff. For reservations, call 378-4322.

"FOREVER PLAID," the long-running off-Broadway musical revue, is playing March 16-April 9 in the SCERA Center's Showhouse II. Directed by Robinne Booth, the cast includes Mark Pulham, David Whitlock, Tony Cobb and Jonathan Flick as the close-knit quartet. The show is built around the four-part harmony of such 1950s "guy groups" as the Four Aces, the Four Lads and the four Freshmen, showcasing music from the period.

Performances will be nightly, except Sundays and Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $8 for general admission seating or $12 for reserved seating ($4 and $8 for children). For reservations, call 225-2569 or 225-2787.

"THE KING AND I," Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical version of "Anna and the King of Siam," will be the fifth-annual production by Riverton Youth Theatre March 15-24 in the Riverton Community Center, 12800 S. Redwood Road. Doree Smock is directing a cast that includes Laralyn Anderson, daughter of Scott and Angella Anderson of Bluffdale, as Anna, and Jake Smith, son of Scott and Cindi Smith of Holladay, as the King.

Riverton Youth Theatre is the largest children's theater company in Salt Lake Valley. Youths from 8-18 are eligible to participate.

Performances will be 7 p.m. on March 15-17, 19, 20 and 22-24, with matinees at 1 p.m. on March 17 and 24. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance at Riverton Drug, 1751 W. 12600 South.

Adults interested in assisting with RYT as volunteers may call Kim Ostler at 253-9342.

"SAVIOR OF THE WORLD," The Church Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' musical production, which premiered last winter in the Conference Center's new theater space, is being revived for a brief Easter season engagement.

All advance tickets have been sold, but a limited number of seats will be released each day for the next immediate performance. These tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to curtain on a first-come, first-served basis.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, March 13-April 14, with three matinees — 2 p.m. on March 17 and April 7 and 14. All seats are $7 for the evening performances and $4 for the matinees. Children 8 years of age and older are welcome to attend.

For further information, stop at the Conference Center Theater ticket office (door No. 4 of the Conference Center building), or call 240-0080.


Information on stage productions or auditions must be submitted at least three weeks in advance. Compiled by Ivan M. Lincoln, Deseret News theater editor, 1-801-236-6017. Send material to Deseret News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110 (Attn: Ivan Lincoln), or send it via e-mail: ivan@desnews.com or Fax to 1-801-237-2550.