Author: Darby Turnbow

A peachy production of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

Orem – As a child I fell in love with the stories of Roald Dahl, and as an adult nothing has changed. They are imaginative, sometimes a little twisted, and unlike any other children’s books. Because of this, I was excited to have the opportunity to review James and the Giant Peach, directed by Julie Bonifay, at the Scera theatre. James and the Giant Peach, with words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and book by Timothy Allen McDonald, is a production for young audiences, which tells the story of the orphan, James Trotter, who is sent to live...

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BYU’s Young Company brings a unique experience with WATER SINGS BLUE

PROVO — Water Sings Blue, an adaptation by Teresa Dayley Love based on a book by Kate Coombs, was a different experience from my typical theatrical outings. Water Sings Blue tells the story of the characters’ day at the oceans. Characters include a family, a scientist, a teen boy, a pair of elderly beach-combing sisters, and a life guard. It was not fast pace or overly vocal, but instead was seeped in pantomime, poetry, and the calm of the ocean. Geared towards a youth audience, the show wisely uses visual comedy instead of verbal swordplay. As I prepared for the show to start I quickly...

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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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