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'Legally Brunette' opens at Desert Star

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 28 2011 5:40 p.m. MDT

MURRAY — Back by popular demand, "Legally Brunette: Not All Dumbs Are Blonde" returned to the Desert Star Playhouse stage on Sept. 29.

Written by Ben E. Millet and directed by the playhouse's artistic director, Scott Holman, the comedy, which is based on the O.J. Simpson "trial of the century," is not one producers expected the public to ask back.

"We don't do a lot of repeat shows," Holman said. "This was one for which we've got repeated requests to do again. It was really funny. I liked it a lot. And because people kept asking, it's been on our short list of shows we'd do again someday for a while."

Holman said there's been some tweaking and refreshing so the jokes are timely. Some new bits have been added so the show will entertain those who remember the big trial and those who don't.

"I hope for the most part, people get it, but those who don't will talk about it on the way home," Holman said. "That's good too."

Several cast members who acted in the earlier production are back for this show, Holman said, including Matt Mullaney and Matt Kohler.

Corinne Adair and Kelly Knight, who are double-cast in the lead role as the perky new legal eagle, Elle Woods, are new to the role.

Holman said every effort is made to make Desert Star shows appropriate and appealing to all audiences.

"We're a business," he said. "We have to sell tickets to succeed. We have to appeal to everybody. We like to say there's not something for everybody but plenty for everybody."

Holman wants those who invest in tickets and spend two hours of their time at a Desert Star show to be rewarded in laughs.

In “Legally Brunette: Not All Dumbs Are Blonde,” former NFL star A.J. Samson (played by Rick Miller and Richy Steadman) is on trial for murdering his ex-wife.

Thanks to his crooked attorney, Melvin Farkas (played by Kohler), he just might go free.

It’s up to a brunette fresh out of law school to discover the truth.

As the new assistant prosecutor on the case, Woods is assigned to help the assistant district attorney, Marsha Clunk (played by Liz Christensen and Kirsten Nagel), with the biggest case of her career.

Farkas uses every dirty trick in the book to win the case.

Woods and Clunk enlist the help of detectives Lenny Brillo (played this time around by the writer) and Joe Hunk (played by Bryan Dayley and Jeff Jensen), along with an assortment of characters like the clueless surfer dude Napoleon Dynamite.

The show is double cast largely because on Saturdays there are four shows, Holman said, and he doesn't want to wear out his cast who, although they draw on audience energy to do fast-paced shows back-to-back, are still human.

The lively evening includes one of Desert Star’s musical olios following the show — the “Zombie Prom Olio,” which features musical numbers of a spooky sort.

Food is available from an Á la carte menu, served at the table.

If you go:

What: “Legally Brunette: Not All Dumbs are Blonde”

Where: Desert Star Playhouse, 4861 S. State St., Murray

When: Sept. 29 through Nov. 12, with shows Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday matinees at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: Adults: $13.95-$17.95; children 11 and under: $9.95. Call 801-266-2600 for reservations.

Website: www. DesertStarPlayhouse.com

Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with 30 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.

Email: haddoc@desnews.com

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