Only two plays are opening next weekend - both comedies at the Hale Center Theaters in South Salt Lake and Orem.
- DON'T DRINK THE WATER, Woody Allen's satire about travelers caught up in foreign intrigue behind the Iron Curtain, will play from Dec. 28 through Feb. 18 at the Hale Center Theater, 2801 S. Main, South Salt Lake, including two performances on New Year's Eve.Directed by Ron A. Jewett, the show is packed with one-liners and 1960s nostalgia. The plot revolves around a New Jersey caterer and his wife and daughter who are touring a communist country. He takes mistakenly takes a snapshot in a strictly off-limits area, then ends up seeking protection in the U.S. Embassy, where the ambassador's bungling son is temporarily taking care of business.
Due to the seven-week run, all roles will be double cast, with Steven Patrick Sater and Gary Stuart Insch as the ambassador's son; Mary Parker Williams and Teresa Francis Wilde as Susan, the caterer's daughter; Don Cosney and Ron Johnson as Walter, the caterer; and JaNae Gibbs and Annette Wright as Marion, Walter's wife.
Others in the cast are Greg Greenwood, Leslie Warwood, Darld J. Long, Mike Guarino, Stephen C. Miner, Gary D. Wilde, Fabio Alberto, Spencer Anderson, E. Linda Moore, Joan Johnson, Mike Hale, Mike Williams, Ron Goff and Palmer Glenn Pattison.
"Don't Drink the Water" will run for 51 performances on Mondays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Dec. 28 through Feb. 18, with matinees at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 2 and at both noon and 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 16.
There will also be special New Year's Eve performances at 6:30 and 10 p.m. All seats for these two performances are $12, including refreshments and noisemakers. Reservations are mandatory.
Tickets for regularly scheduled performances are $5 on Mondays, $6 on Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturday matinees and $8 on Friday and Saturday evenings. Children's tickets are $5 for weeknights and matinees and $6 on weekends. For reservations, call 484-9257.
- DANCING FOR JOY, a romantic comedy by Ruth and Nathan Hale, opens Friday at the Hale Center Theater, 400 North and Orem Boulevard, Orem, and continues through Feb. 11.
Written in and originally set in the 1950s, most productions of this show have been staged in the present day, but director Kurk Holshue has decided it is more appropriate to place the show in the era in which it was written. Costumes, music and the props will all be typical of the 1950s.
The play tells the story of a beautiful young Broadway actress who manages to unstuff her very snobbish Southern California in-laws.
The cast includes Holly Ringer, a BYU student with 12 years of dance experience, as Lorrie, the Broadway dancer, and Cody Swenson as David, the youngest son of the aristocratic Safford dynasty, who is involved in a tug-of-war between his new bride's carefree lifestyle and the "proper" ways of his family.
The matriarch of the Safford clan will be played by Joanna Major and Maridell Pearson, who are alternating in the role.
Others in the cast are Steve Davis, Terra Allen, Kurk Holshue, Lenore Cambria, Tammy Eves, Renae Powell, Rosalie Richards, Bob Chambers and Anne Swenson.
The theater will have a special 10 p.m. New Year's Eve performance with tickets priced at $7 per person, including party favors and refreshments.
Other performances are on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. (except for the New Year's Eve performance). Tickets are $4 on Mondays and $5 on Fridays and Saturdays. Children's tickets are $4 for all performances.
For reservations, call 226-8600.