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Mark A. Philbrick, Hale Center Theater Orem
Oliver Gaag as Harry and Stephanie Foster Breinholt as Susy in "Wait Until Dark."
Two mysteries, a classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and a touring stand-up comedy revue are among the only new productions opening this week along the Wasatch Front — compared to 15 shows last week.

WAIT UNTIL DARK, playwright Frederick Knott's 1966 Broadway drama that won a Tony nomination for Lee Remick, will play from Friday through Nov. 18 at Hale Center Theater Orem, 225 W. 400 North.

While it had a fairly short run on Broadway, it became a popular film the next year starring Audrey Hepburn, who was nominated for an Oscar. The playwright had a bigger hit in 1952 — "Dial M for Murder."

The mostly single-cast ensemble, directed by David Morgan, includes Stephanie Foster Breinholt as Susy Hendrix, a blind girl terrorized by a group of con men trying to find a doll containing a dark secret, with Jonathan Fifield as Sam, her husband.

The cast also includes Oliver Gaag as the villainous Harry Roat Jr., Mitch Hall and Greg Hansen sharing the role of Mike Talman, Jake Suazo and Ricky Kimball alternating as Sgt. Carlino, Shanae Foster as Gloria, a young neighbor girl, and George Anderson and Jeffrey Simpson as two patrolmen.

Performances are nightly except Sundays at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees on Oct. 21 and 28 and Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. There will also be two performances on Halloween night at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10.50 to $14.50 (226-8600).

CLUE, a fast-paced farce based on the popular board game, is a murderous montage of six suspects, six deadly weapons, nine sinister rooms and — possibly — one killer.

It opens Friday and continues through Nov. 11 at the Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry.

Directed by Kael Harris, the cast includes Greg Christensen as the butler, Rachel Carling as the maid, Nick Velis as Col. Mustard, Meagan Sandall as Mrs. White, Jennifer Alsop Kite as Ms. Scarlet, Ross Reeder as Prof. Plum, Nathan Dunn as Mr. Green and Ann Reeder as Mrs. Peacock — all gathered one dark and stormy night to confront their blackmailer, Mr. Body (Brad McCann).

Performances are Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with one Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. on Oct. 28. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for children and senior citizens and $35 for a Monday night "family ticket" (435-723-8392).

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta about a young chap who is mistakenly apprenticed to a band of pirates instead of to a "pilot," opens Friday at the Center Street Musical Theatre, 177 W. Center St., Provo, where it continues on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays through Nov. 18.

Curtain is 7:30 p.m. with optional dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Show tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students, senior citizens and children and $30 for a Monday night "family pass" (immediate family only). Dinners are an additional $10 for adults or $5 for children. Advance reservations are required for the catered meals (764-0354 or www.csmtc.com).

WOMEN WHO KICK COMEDY BUTT, a touring ensemble of four female stand-up comics, will perform on Wednesday at Wiseguys, 3500 S. 2200 West, West Valley City.

The group includes Grace White, known as "that old hippie chick," who has performed on Good Morning America; Sue Ferrer of Caroline's, Dava Krause of Second City and Grace Fraga of "Laugh It Off with Grace."

The troupe promises PG-13 caliber humor with no four-letter words or off-color subject matter. It's geared to families with older children and the "date night" crowd.

Tickets are $15 in advance (online at www.wiseguyscomedy.com) or $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

IN THE SCHOOLS — "Calamity Jane," stage version of the 1953 film musical, Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m., at Juan Diego Catholic High School, 11800 S. 300 East, Draper. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students and children, at the door (www.jdchs.org).

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