In addition to the regional premiere of "The Heidi Chronicles" (see today's Arts Section cover), there are several other new productions worth noting throughout the Wasatch Front.
Here are the details:- JOE PITTI, one of the region's finest mime performers, will present two benefit performances this month, one for the Utah AIDS Foundation and the second, one week later, for the Broadway Stage theater.
Both performances, showcasing at least five new works by Pitti, will be at the Broadway Stage, 272 S. Main, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The AIDS Foundation benefit will be on Saturday, May 11, and the second performance will be the following Saturday, May 18.
Pitti sees mime as "an art anyone can understand" and the ultimate theatrical art form.
Among the scenes that Pitti is reviving from previous performances will be "The Grind," a skewed perspective on working in an office and a segment that requires more complicated props than is normally the case for a mime show.
Pitti, a native of New York who made Utah his home several years ago, has earned wide acclaim for his performances. He studied under internationally renowned Marcel Marceau and performed for two years with Mimedance Off-Broadway.
Admission for both performances is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
In addition to the performances, winning posters in the Utah AIDS Foundation's recent contest will be displayed. The statewide competition drew 600 entries from student artists in two categories: kindergarten through eighth grade, and grades 9-12.
For tickets to the two performances contact the Utah AIDS Foundation at 359-5555 or the Broadway Stage at 359-1444.
- "ALL THAT OUR EYES HAVE WITNESSED" is a new one-person play created and acted by Arthur Strimling, based on stories recorded by anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff.
The work, which has been acclaimed as "a story-telling play that is, itself, a celebration of story-telling," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Jewish Community Center, 2416 E. 1700 South.
Strimling adapted the stage production from Myerhoff's conversations with Hasidim, Holocaust survivors, the elderly, refuseniks, social workers and others in the Fairfax neighborhood - the Jewish heart of Los Angeles. From 1982 until her death in 1985, Strimling collaborated with Myerhoff on a series of workshops and later adapted their work to various contexts. Myerhoff won an Oscar for her documentary "Number of Our Days," on which part of "All That Our Eyes Have Witnessed" is based.
- "FORBIDDEN BROADWAY," a musical revue that has been running for nearly six years off-Broadway in New York City, is making its first Utah visit under the auspices of Cache Performances, the Utah State University-Community Performing Arts Series, in Logan for one night only.
The premise for "Forbidden Broadway" is simple. The musical revue pokes fun at and parodies famous Broadway musicals and performers. And, as one television reviewer said, the show is "Hilarious! If you haven't seen all the shows, don't worry - you'll get the jokes. I'm still laughing."
Productions and entertainers parodied in the revue during the Logan performance may include "Evita," "Phantom of the Opera," "Man of LaMancha," "Cats," "Les Miserables," Carol Channing, Barbra Streisand, Joel Grey and Madonna.
Curtain is 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center.
Tickets for Cache Performances are available at the USU Ticket Office in the Smith Spectrum and at the door. Additionally, USU students may purchase tickets at the Information Desk of the Taggart Student Center.
- "EDEN'S CREEK," presented by After the Overture Productions at the Grand Hall Gallery Theater, (721/2 W. 400 South), has been extended for an additional weekend, May 10 and 11. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the door, or reservations may be made by calling 363-2215. Curtain time is 8 p.m., and latecomers will not be admitted.