Karl Hugh, Utah Shakespearean Festival
Tyler Layton and Mark Murphey star in a production of "Gaslight."

Cedar City is lovely this time of year. What better time to head south and catch the three new offerings of the Utah Shakespearean Festival?

"Julius Caesar," Shakespeare's classic political tragedy finds Brutus in a dilemma. Is he being swayed by the self-serving plots of political opportunists or does Caesar, the man who has loved him as a son, really intend to crown himself emperor?

"Gaslight," are you in the mood to get spooked?

While Jack is out on the town each evening, his wife stays home alone. Believing she's losing her mind, she can't explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead, or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslights whenever her husband is gone.

"Moonlight and Magnolias," a hilarious farce wherein movie mogul David O. Selznick hires writer Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming to write the screenplay for "Gone With the Wind." Locked in Selznick's office, the men turn their world upside down and eventually give birth to one of the most beloved films of all time. Now if Hecht had only read the novel.

The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival's fall season begins Friday and runs through Oct. 25.

Shows run Tuesday through Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24-$46 (1-800- 752-9849, www.bard.org).

Here are local openings:

"Nunsense: The Mega-Musical," Thursday through Sept. 29, Sugar Factory Playhouse, 8201 S. 2200 West, South Jordan.

This expanded version of the original was created by the same author. It has the same hilarious script, the same plot and same great music. The only difference: it's more fun — with an expanded cast that includes more nuns.

It stars Shelby Maughan, Sara Roberts, Elizabeth Abbott, Kassidy Gull, Jennifer Crabb, Sonia Maughan.

Shows are nightly, except Sunday, at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $3-$6 (801-294-1242 or [email protected]).

"Seussical: The Musical," Friday through Oct. 13, SCERA, 745 S. State, Orem.

The lively production is based on the literary works of Dr. Seuss and includes all your favorite characters: The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, The Grinch and more.

A.J. Nielsen, Talon Ackerman and Al Oquendo star in the show.

Shows are nightly except Sundays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12 (801-255-2787 or www.scera.org).

"Medea," Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 28, University of Utah, lawn west of Pioneer Theatre.

The students of Acting Training Program, led by Brandon Tessers and Erica Richardson, present the classic Greek drama. Come sit outside and enjoy a lecture prior to the production starting at 8:30 a.m. The production will then tour. Tickets are $7-$13.

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