Author: Darby Turnbow

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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Go, Go, Go to Scera’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

OREM — Director Shawn M. Mortensen stated in his program note for Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “I decided to tell this story the way it is written. No concept, no modern day re-creation… no crazy costumes for each number. It’s just Joseph with all the music you love, all the characters you know, and a show that is just plain fun.” Mortsensen, I just have to say well done! I loved every minute of your production of Joseph at the  Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Scera Shell Outdoor Theatre! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, written by Tim Rice with music by...

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Come to all-female JULIUS CAESAR to praise Shakespeare, not bury him

OREM — When I first learned that Grassroots Shakespeare Company have very few production rehearsals, and that cast members create and provide their own costumes and props I was skeptical. Add to that the all-female casting of a traditionally male heavy production and I wasn’t expecting much. Shakespeare has never been my friend and my past experience of Julius Caesar involved unenthusiastic teenagers. However, if high school students could experience Julius Caesar as performed by Grassroots Shakespeare Company, then I believe they would catch a contagious enthusiasm and gain a positive experience with a Shakespeare tragedy. Even before the...

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