Author: Darby Turnbow

Go see WEST SIDE STORY at the SCERA before it jets

OREM — West Side Story is based on the familiar tale of Romeo and Juliet and set in blue-collar Manhattan in the mid 1950’s. It a story of forbidden love between Tony, a white boy, and Maria, a Puerto Rican immigrant. Around the young couple swirls a teen gang rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks. It is a show that on Broadway and in film has been nominated for and received multiple awards. Tragedy, songs by Sondheim, and demanding expectations for dancing, have set a high bar for any production of West Side Story. Scera’s production of West Side Story, directed by Delayne Dayton...

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Wasatch Theatre Company’s WIT is truly grand

Salt Lake City – My first exposure to Margaret Edson‘s play, Wit, was at a one-act play festival in high school. It contrasted so drastically with everything else there that I immediately fell in love with it. I have watched scenes from it, used sections of it in my theatre education, watched the film version,and read it countless times. Thursday night I had the opportunity to see it in its entirety on stage for the first time. Wasatch Theatre’s production of Wit, directed by Vicki Pugmire, was everything I hoped for and more. Wit is about Dr. Vivian Bearing, a...

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Springville Playhouse’s THE CURIOUS SAVAGE touches the heart and funny bone

SPRINGVILLE — The Curious Savage by John Patrick has always been one of my favorite scripts, so I was excited to have the chance to review Springville Playhouse’s production of it. I went in with high hopes and I was not disappointed. The Curious Savage is the story of Ethel P. Savage, a rich and slightly eccentric widow, who has been committed to The Cloisters sanitarium by her three greedy step-children who want control over the family fortune. The Savage children say they are concerned about her because she has taken to carrying a large teddy bear everywhere, and she...

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Things are looking up for CRAZY FOR YOU

OREM — I always look forward to attending productions at the outdoor SCERA Shell Theatre, and I was excited to have the opportunity to review Crazy for You directed by Jerry Elison, with music direction by Martha Glissmeyer, and choreography by Sam Alva. Crazy for You, with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and book by Ken Ludwig, is a romantic musical comedy telling the story of Bobby Child, a young New Yorker from a rich banking family, who loves the theater and dancing, much to the disapproval of his mother. When Bobby is sent to Dead Rock, Nevada, to foreclose on...

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Extraordinary production of ORDINARY DAYS

Salt Lake City — A small, intimate, black box theatre. A simple, yet colorful, set. A sold out opening night. This is the experience that greeted me as I attended the opening night of Ordinary Days produced by the Utah Repertory Theater Company and directed by Chase Ramsey. I was excited to watch a show that I had little prior exposure to. I was hoping to find a new gem. Ordinary Days, with music and lyrics by Adam Gwon, is the story of two sets of individuals. One set is a couple that has been together for a while and are starting to drift...

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