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One-acts, ‘Earnest’ at area theaters

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Here are this week's theatrical offerings in the region:

"EXPERIMENTS IN INK, ETC.," a series of six one-act plays directed by Sarah E. Budge, will be presented Jan. 24-27 in the Lab Theatre of the University of Utah's Performing Arts Building, located directly west of the campus bookstore. The six plays were chosen from scripts submitted by current or former Department of Theatre students.

Plays to be staged are Adam Eisenstein's "Passion Play," which explores the questionable boundaries between fiction and reality; Erick Herrscher's "Track Eleven," an abstract look at relationships in today's society; Rachel Hsieh's "Friday Luncheons," which considers the issue of what makes a family; Brady Morrison's "Just an Honest Peace," focusing on an encounter with a dysfunctional couple; Joel Richards' "Dead on Arrival," about a medical examiner who falls in love with one of the "patients" in the city morgue; and Jeremy Rishe's "Jesus and I," about a man who realizes that his life has been a wasted voice.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24-26 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, with one matinee at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Tickets, available from all ArtTix outlets, are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be ordered directly from the Kingsbury Hall box office on campus (581-7100) or other ArtTix outlets at 355-2787.

"THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST," another in this season's new "Spotlight Series" of staged readings in the SCERA Center's Showhouse II, will be presented for one night only on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Rosanna Ungerman is directing. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children; for reservations, call 225-2787. (Free to season subscribers.)

"SO THIS IS DIXIE," an original musical revue about life in southern Utah, is being staged by St. George Musical Theatre Company in the community's historic Opera House, 212 N. Main. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 18. For reservations, call (435) 628-8755.

"MONKEY BUSINESS," a new live comedy sketch show, will be performed for one night only on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 p.m. in the Megaplex 17 theaters at Jordan Commons. The show is comprised of short sketches written and developed by the cast, including one about a fellow who is a policeman by night and a lawyer by day (he arrests suspects, then defends them in court). There's also a parody of "Family Feud" and a sketch about the Skywalker family of "Star Wars" fame appearing on "The Jerry Springer Show."

Cast members are Alynn Friley, Patrick Gibbs, Paul Gibbs, Ricky Kimball, Rebecca Larsen, Matt O'Malley, Daniel Simons and Marcus Wilson.

Tickets, available at the Megaplex box office (or by calling 304-4636), are $8 per person. For further information, call 304-4553.

THE BLACK SWAN COMPANY, Brigham Young University's Shakespearean repertory company, will perform a one-hour version of "The Tempest" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 22-23, in the Harris Fine Arts Center's Nelke Experimental Theatre. This production is the winter semester Shakespeare-in-the-Schools offering, which played to more than 20,000 schoolchildren along the Wasatch Front last year. Admission is free.

DIXIE STATE COLLEGE has scheduled a one-night encore presentation of Moliere's comedy, "The Imaginary Invalid," on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Graff Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $3 for all non-Dixie students (with valid I.D.), and free for DSC students.

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