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A summer of theater at Salt Lake's Promised Valley Playhouse.

A summer of theater at Salt Lake's Promised Valley Playhouse When it opened in 1905, it was called the Orpheum, and touring vaudeville troupes made it their Salt Lake City home. Today the Renaissance Revival theater on S. State Street house the Latter Day Saints' Promised Valley Playhouse--but it remains one of the West's most delightfully gaudy shrines to Thespis.

From the outside you can admire the elaborate stonework of the symmetrical facade. (Strangely, two stone busts are said to be portraits of Attila the Hun.) A 12-foot-tall statute above the entrance depicts Venus, symbol of the Orpheum theater chain. Inside are the 1,000-seat Mainstage, the 100-seat Little Bowery, and the 90-seat children's theater, Plum Alley.

This summer, Promised Valley offers a play festival inspired by Biblical and Mormon history.

The Ark, a children's musical based on the story of Noah, occupies Plum Alley. It runs Mondays through Fridays at 4, Saturdays at 2, through August 30.

The Light of the World and One Fold, One Shepherd, based on the Book of Mormon, will run in repertory through August 30. Light plays Mondays at 6, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30. One Fold runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7:30.

J. Golden, a one-man show about salty church pioneer J. Golden Kimball, plays Mondays at 6, Saturdays at 4 and 7:30, through August 23.

Ticket cost $3 to $5; call (801) 364-5677.
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