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Three classic comedies are among this week's new stage offerings, along with a one-night stand by an acclaimed touring comedy troupe. (See separate story in this section on Salt Lake Acting Company's regional premiere of the British hit, "The Memory of Water.")

CHICAGO CITY LIMITS, one of the country's hottest "improv comedy" ensembles, will make a return visit to Kingsbury Hall as part of the U.'s homecoming events.

It will perform on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. — an earlier starting time than usual Kingsbury Hall events — to coincide with homecoming activities.

Chicago City Limits utilizes suggestions from the audience to create everything from instantly crafted mini-musicals to game shows on the spot. The troupe's performance is sponsored by the ASUU Presenter's Office.

All tickets are $25 for the general public and $5 to $10 for U. students. The latter are limited to two discounted tickets with valid activity card. Tickets may be purchased in advance from all ArtTix outlets (355-2787) or the Kingsbury Hall box office.

"AH, WILDERNESS," Eugene O'Neill's only comedy, takes a poignant look at a New England family during a turn-of-the-century Fourth of July weekend (the previous century, not the current one).

First staged in 1933, this has been described as focusing on the family O'Neill wished he had, unlike his brooding dramas, such as "Long Day's Journey into Night."

Directed by Kirstie Rosenfield, this is the first in this season's Utah State Theatre series at Utah State University in Logan. Performances will be Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 3-6 at 7:30 p.m., in the Morgan Theatre of USU's Chase Fine Arts Center.

The cast includes Eric Van Tielen, Nick Nielsen, Amy Lewis, Cassandra E. Orr, T.J. Larsen, Annette Pyne, Katie Ackerman, Brian Bahr and Phillip R. Lowe.

Tickets, available from the Spectrum box office (1-435-797-0305), are $8 for adults, $6 for USU faculty/staff and senior citizens and $5 for youths and non-USU students.

USU students are admitted free of charge with a valid activity card.

"EULOGY: WHAT I WOULD HAVE SAID GIVEN THE GIFT OF ARTICULATION," a poignant and spirited comedy by Daphne R. Hull, directed by Linda L. Brown, will be presented Sept. 27-30 in the Lab Theatre of the U.'s Performing Arts Building, directly west of the campus bookstore.

Set in a nursing home in an Appalachian town, the play is the story of an 85-year-old woman, Nonie, who has suffered a debilitating stroke. She lies in bed while her true self — a lively, articulate spirit seen only by the woman herself (and the audience) — expresses all that the bed-ridden patient cannot.

During the course of the play, the woman in bed is known as "Non," and the spirit is referred to as "Nonie."

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, with one matinee at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for all students. Tickets may be purchased at the door. They are also available in advance at the Kingsbury Hall box office (581-7100) or all ArtTix outlets (355-2787).

"THE SCHOOL FOR WIVES," Moliere's comedy about love that cannot be forced or wives unwillingly shaped, opens the Pardoe Theater season at Brigham Young University.

Director Bob Nelson notes that the play "addresses current issues of gender, education and roles in marriage."

The cast includes Rodger Sorensen, Hannah Slum, Brinton Wilkins, Jacob Draper, Esther Ellsworth, Ben Sansom, Rebeca Witham and Peter Biggs.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 13, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $9 for BYU faculty, staff and students. Half-price "preview" performances are Sept. 26 and 27. For reservations, call 378-4322.

"THE IMAGINARY INVALID," another Moliere classic, will be staged Sept. 27-Oct. 6 in Dixie College's Graff Fine Arts Center.

Director Varlo Davenport's cast includes Lanny Langston, Kathryn Smith, Jill Bartlett, Karen Latham, Spencer Eaton, Mike Hedges, Chris Lemon, Justin Kreyling, Phillip Swain, Nick Belnap, Adam London and Marie Monson.

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 1-6. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $3 for all non-Dixie students and free for all Dixie State College students with valid ID. For reservations, call 1-435-652-7800.

SHUFFLING AROUND — One play that had originally been scheduled to open this week has been postponed until Friday, Oct. 5, and another production that had originally been set for Sept. 28 at the Avalon Theatre, has already opened (Sept. 21), in an entirely different venue.

The postponed production is Off Broadway Theater's "FourEver Dead."

The show that has already opened is Utah Theatre & Art Company's "This Castle Needs a Good Scouring." It's playing at the Wagonmaster Steakhouse in Murray, where a former banquet room has been transformed into the Dodge City Playhouse, a new venue for stage plays and "improv" comedy.

It will continue through Oct. 6, playing at 8 p.m. nightly except Sundays and Wednesdays. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Call 942-5976 for reservations.

THE EMILY COMPANY has scheduled a special "high tea matinee" and post-performance panel discussion on Saturday, Sept. 29, for its current production of Donald Margolies' "Collected Stories." Tickets for the combined 2 p.m. performance and open forum are $27 each.

Theme for the panel discussion, sponsored by the King's English bookshop and moderated by local playwright Aden Ross, will be "The Ethics of Writing and the Right to Write." Panelists will include David Kranes, Phyllis Barber and Katherine Coles.

Information on stage productions or auditions must be submitted at least three weeks in advance. Compiled by Ivan M. Lincoln, Deseret News theater editor, 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 237-2550.