The opening of the second new theater company in Salt Lake City this month, two productions by the nationally acclaimed The Acting Company (cofounded in 1972 by the late John Houseman), a hit Broadway musical, a swashbuckling adventure and a children's classic are among this week's theatrical openings.
- SALT CITY PRODUCTIONS, a newly formed theatrical troupe, will present the female version of Neil Simons' "The Odd Couple," April 24-May 8 in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South. (The venue is also the home base for Theatre Inc., whose "Waiting for Godot" closes this afternoon with a 2 p.m. matinee performance.)Produced by Nancy Roth and directed by Scott Ditty, the cast includes Jennifer Eyre as Olive Madison, Missy Birdsong-Sharette as Florence Unger and Patric Knight and Christopher Miller as the Costazuela brothers, Manolo and Jesus.
Also in the cast are Nancy Roth as Sylvie, Michele Turner JWilson as Mickey, Reb Fleming as Renee and Lenore Cambria as Vera.
Scenery is being designed by Bob Manning, with lights/sound by Troy Klee.
Performances will be Mondays and Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., April 24-May 8, with one matinee on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for minors and senior citizens. All seats are reserved. For tickets, call ArtTix at 355-2787.
- THE ACTING COMPANY, a New York City-based nonprofit touring troupe, has scheduled two performances of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," April 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. at Peery's Egyptian Theatre, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden.
The company will also present "Loves Fire: Fresh Numbers by Seven American Playwrights," an evening of plays and music inspired by Shakespeare's sonnets, on April 24 - same time and venue.
Among the notable playwrights involved in the latter work are Tony Kushner ("Angels in America"), Wendy Wasserstein ("The Heidi Chronicles"), John Guare ("The House of Blue Leaves"), Marsha Norman (" 'night Mother") and Eric Bogosian ("Talk Radio").
The Acting Company's visit to Ogden is part of the Cultural Affairs Series sponsored by Weber State University. Tickets for all performances are $15, with a $2 discount for children and senior citizens. ("Fresh Numbers" is not recommended for children because of adult situations and language.) For telephone reser-va-tions, call 626-8500 or 1-800-978-8457.
- "CRAZY FOR YOU," an all-Gershwin musical extravaganza, features Alisa Harris-Aguilar and Jennifer Sylvester alternating in the role of Polly and David Faust and Dan Harwood trading off in the role of Bobby.
All seats are reserved. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for students and senior citizens and $8 for children, 12 and uander. Discounts are also available for groups of 12 or more. For reservations, call 298-1302.
- "WAITING FOR GODOT," Samuel Beckett's classic "tragicomedy," is having its second pro-duction in Salt Lake City in nearly as many weeks, hot on the heels of the Theatre Inc. production.
Playing April 23-26 in the intimate Lab Theatre on the University of Utah campus, this all-student version is being directed by Rory Kozoll, a graduating senior in the U.'s actor training program.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 23-25, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, with one matinee at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling 581-6961. The Lab Theatre is located in the Performing Arts Building, just west of the campus bookstore.
- "CYRANO DE BERGERAC," trans-lated by Brian Hooker from Edmond Rostand's romantic adventure, marks the 30th anniversary of Utah State Theatre productions in Utah State University's Chase Fine Arts Center.
It was the first show ever produced on the center's Morgan Stage, "and we are delighted to have it return for our anniversary season," says guest-director W. Vosco Call, noting that this also marks the 100th anniversary of the play itself.
Based very loosely on the life of an actual French poet and soldier (1619-1655), the stage version opened in Paris on Dec. 28, 1897, and ran for 200 performances.
Kevin Doyle, a USU theater arts faculty member and frequent Old Lyric Repertory Company member, will star in the title role.
Performances will be April 23-25 and 30 and May 1-2, all at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for USU faculty/staff and senior citizens and $5 for youths and non-USU students. (The latter will be admitted free with valid identification.) Group discounts are also avail-able. For reservations, call 1-435-797-1500.
- "THE WIZARD OF OZ" will be presented April 24-25 by the Tributary Theatre Company in Moab's Star Hall. Curtain is 7 both nights, with one matinee at 1 p.m. on April 25. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. For further information call 435-259-6195.