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The openings of seasons at two universities and St. George Musical Theatre Company's first production in its new home are among this week's stage offerings in the region.

"THE BOYS NEXT DOOR," Tom Griffin's critically acclaimed drama about a group of mentally handicapped men in a Midwest group home, opens Thursday in Southern Utah University's Auditorium in Cedar City.

Lew Haslam is directing a cast that includes Paul Simmons, Scott Young, Andrew Hunsaker, Jake Corn, Wendy Milam and Shad Tyra.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 1-4. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens, For reservations, call the SUU box office at (435) 586-7876.

"ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS," by Jane Martin, is a satire on the state of American regional theater. The Utah State Theatre production opens Thursday in the historic Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center, Logan.

It follows the travails of three actresses as they audition for and rehearse a trouble-plague production of Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" in San Antonio.

Adrianne Moore's cast includes Melissa Thoreson as Holly, a TV actress seeking some sort of credibility; Jessie Kassow as Lisabette, a naive professional theater newcomer, and Jackie Campbell as Casey, an off-Broadway diva known for having closed 200 productions without ever getting paid.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 1-4, with one matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens or USU faculty/staff and $6 for non-USU students and youths. (USU students are admitted free of charge with valid ID) For reservations, call the USU Spectrum box office at (435) 797-0305. Tickets will also be available at the Lyric Theatre box office prior to curtain.

"FIDDLER ON THE ROOF" marks the St. George Musical Theatre Company's move from its longtime home in the historic St. George Opera House into a vacant school building at 37 S. 100 West.

The popular musical opens Thursday and continues through Oct. 20 on Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $13. For reservations, call (435) 628-8755 or (435) 673-8183.

"SHOWDOWN AT GAMBLER'S GULCH," an audience-participation murder mystery produced by Chameleons: The Whodunit Company, is scheduled for Friday at Snowbird Resort. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the performance and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 for adults and $17 for children, 12 and under. Group rates are available. Advance reservations are required; call 801-933-2110, Ext. 4080.

"OEDIPUS AT COLONUS," which opened the 33rd annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival this weekend on the U. campus (with repeat performances at 9 a.m. next Saturday and Sunday), is touring this week to three Utah sites.

The first stop is Tuesday at noon in the Alder Amphitheater of Salt Lake Community College's Redwood campus. This performance is free.

On Wednesday, it plays at 7:30 p.m. in Weber State University's Austad Auditorium. Tickets are $5.50 and $8.50 (available at the Dee Events Center box office by calling 801-626-8500 or 1-800-978-8457). There will be a free, preshow orientation lecture at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, it will be staged at 5 p.m. at Constitution Park in Roosevelt (1000 West and 200 South). Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. It it rains, the performance will be moved to Roosevelt Junior High School, 265 N. 300 West.

The orientation lecture for the Roosevelt stop is scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. in Utah State University's Uintah Basin branch campus, 987 E. Lagoon. (Some publicity was sent out erroneously listing Tuesday as the lecture date.)

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