STEEL MAGNOLIAS finds moments of beauty

Steel Magnolias logo - Springvile Playhouse

SPRINGVILLE — Full disclosure: I am nowhere near the target demographic of Steel Magnolias. Now with that out of the way, I can fully attest that this show can be enjoyed by most anyone. Though it centers around a group of gossipy women, I was truly able to have a great night watching the Springville Playhouse […]

Echo Theatre’s BIELZY AND GOTTFRIED is moralistic, not a morality play

Show closes April 19, 2014.

PROVO —  Bielzy and Gottfried is one of the first entries in what the Echo Theater is calling its Playwriting Showcase. Unfortunately, this entry featured a poor script and an unpolished production that lost sight of the goal of making the audience really think. The show is structured using a series of short plays that are […]

FARLEY FAMILY REUNION is a study in character and culture

Show closes August 24, 2013.

PROVO — There are certain shows that know their audience. Some know their audience a little too well. Such is the case with James Arrington’s perennial one man show The Farley Family Reunion, now playing at the Covey Center in Provo. Arrington’s show uses familiar Utah/Idaho stereotypes to create a show that seems almost perfect for […]

No deliberation necessary: TWELVE ANGRY MEN is a superb show

A. Bryan Humphrey (left) as Juror #4, Max Robinson as Juror #3, Steve Wojtas as Juror #5, and Michael A. Harding as Juror #6 in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Twelve Angry Men. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — For me, the best theatre has always been the type that does more than just entertain. I love a show that tries to improve the audience in some way, or makes them take a hard look at who they are and what they do. The current production of Twelve Angry Men playing at […]

Outdoor production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is a pleasure

Photo by Gary D. Walker Sr. - Used by permission.

OREM — Summer Shakespeare performances are one of those seasonal delights that seem to have become more popular in the last few years. It’s a drastic change from the typical theatrical fare: sitting outside on the grass, watching a play with basically no set, no props, no costumes, all while actors walk right by you and […]

NOISES OFF! packs huge laughs into a small space

Show closes March 30, 2013.

PROVO — Noises Off! is one of my favorite scripts from one of my favorite genres. This classic show by Michael Frayn is a textbook example of farces in general, as well as a great example of the play-within-a-play structure. That’s right. This is a farce about a farce, the scale of which presents quite the […]

Covey Center’s CHARLIE BROWN carried by stellar performances


PROVO — There is a unique challenge to theatre for young audiences: How to create something that is entertaining for children, but also is fun for adults and high quality? Think about Sesame Street; they tend to focus on kids with their subject matter, but do so using a framework designed for adults, like parodies of […]

SEE HOW THEY RUN is worth a look

Show closes August

LINDON – I have a special place in my heart for little community theaters. There is something elemental that arises when the space can hold less than one hundred people, the costumes are pulled from the actors’ closets, and the producer takes your tickets at the door before changing into costume for the second act. […]

Orem Hale’s LEND ME A TENOR took some warming up

Lend Me a Tenor 2 - Orem Hale

OREM — I love a good farce. With mistaken identities, slamming doors, running back and forth, and just a dash of innuendo, Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor is a solid example of the genre. The current production at the Hale Center Theater Orem, directed by Kymberly Mellen, succeeded in some respects, but overall leaving something […]

Liken and SCERA unite for a creative look at THE FIRST CHRISTMAS

Mark Gordon as Joseph and Julia Rae Sanchez as Mary.

OREM — The current SCERA production of Liken’s The First Christmas is unique. This production is the world stage premiere of a musical based on a somewhat popular series of religious films. In addition to that, amidst all of the holiday theater that is happening throughout Utah, it stands apart as one of the very few […]