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Jacob Scott, Uvsc
Zach Iroz, left, and William Cooper-Howell in "Robber Bridegroom."
Among the plays opening this week are a regional premiere (see "Crowns" story on E1) and a unique take on a "Midsummer Night's Dream."

• BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY'S Department of Theatre and Media Arts presents a colorful version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in what director Megan Sandborn Jones describes as a multicultural comedy about the tyranny of oppression. The BYU production will be set in a mythical country in South America, and Shakespeare's words will take on a new resonance in this particular interpretation of colonization and cultural conflict.

The production begins Friday and runs through Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m., with no performances on Sundays or Mondays. Tickets are $14, $9 with BYU ID on weeknights and $10 with BYU ID on weekends. Tickets for dress rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday are $7, as are tickets for the Feb. 2 matinee at 2 p.m. "Midsummer Night's Dream" plays at the Pardoe Theatre on the BYU campus in Provo. Call 801-422-4322 or see performances.byu.edu

• "THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM" can be described as Broadway's only bluegrass musical. Or it can be described as an 18th century comic fairy tale. Alfred Uhry's adaptation of a novella by Eudora Welty will be co-produced by Utah Valley State College theatre department and the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem.

David Tinney directs the mostly student cast. UVSC's Black Box Repertory Company will provide the requisite bluegrass music, Greek chorus and other sound effects.

The play tells the a tale of man with a double identity.

Jordan Cummings plays the starring role of the dandy/robber. Katy Baxter will play his love interest, the sweet Southern lady who falls for the villain who comes to rob her.

"The Robber Bridegroom" has been especially popular in the South but has been performed only a handful of times in Utah. It begins Friday and runs through Feb. 4 at the SCERA Center, 745 S. State, Orem.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10; $8 for staff of UVSC, senior citizens, children and students of other schools; $6 for UVSC students. Call 801-225-2787 or visit www.scera.org.

• "SHADOWLANDS," tells the true story of author C.S. Lewis' despair over his wife's cancer. Lewis's religious faith was shaken, which was reflected in his writings.

The script, based on Lewis' book "A Grief Observed," was written by William Nicholson — first as a made-for-television movie in 1985, then as a play that opened in London in 1989 and on

Broadway in 1990. The theater productions won a half-dozen awards. A later movie, which came out in 1994, was also award-winning.

The Theater Department of the College of Eastern Utah will produce "Shadowlands" at the Geary Theatre on the CEU campus in Price, beginning Thursday and running through Jan. 29, except Sunday. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and senior citizens, $3 for CEU faculty and staff and $2 for CEU students. Call 435-613-5334 or visit www.ceu.edu.

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