Author: elizabeth

We all need a little WILL ROGERS FOLLIES in our life

SALT LAKE CITY — “I never met a man I didn’t like.” It’s probably the most famous line said by Oklahoma’s favorite son and beloved American humorist, Will Rogers. He’s the subject of Pioneer Theatre Company’s current offering The Will Rogers Follies: A Life In Review. For all of you under 50 (or maybe under 60) who have never heard of Will Rogers, the man was foremost a humorist, columnist, and social commentator in the first 35 years of the 20th Century. He was sort of like the Stephen Colbert of his time, but without the bite. With a musical score written...

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Ups and downs at CenterPoint’s OLIVER!

CENTERVILLE — Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist is an icon, a classic, and a staple in English literature. Its brilliant 1960 stage adaptation, Oliver! is as much an icon of musical theatre. With the book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, it may be best remembered by the 1968 screen adaptation. Its the story of orphaned Oliver Twist, who is sold into servitude after having the audacity to ask for more food from his workhouse master.  The boy escapes and ends up in a gang of adolescent London thieves wrangled by the benevolent scoundrel, Fagin. The musical is filled with heart-warming songs...

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A victory lap for the U.S. premiere of CHARIOTS OF FIRE

PROVO — “Why do you run?” That is the persistent question at the heart of Chariots of Fire, the newest offering and United States premiere of the stage adaptation of the iconic 1981 film currently running at BYU’s Pardoe Theatre.  Wonderfully and inventively adapted by Mike Bartlett, the play opened in London in 2012 and was “partially inspired” by the London Olympics. As in the film, the play follows the progress of two British athletes towards their participation in the 1924 Paris Olympics, and in this production, starts with runners in position, and then…that unmistakable Vangelis music.  My first thought...

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BYU Young Company’s MACBETH is “but a walking shadow”

PROVO — I have to admit when I heard that Brigham Young University’s Young Company was producing William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth to present to young audiences, I thought, “Really?  Macbeth…?   For kids?”  And then I thought, “Why not?”  It’s got everything a kid could want: witches, intrigue, murder, blood—but not too much, and cool sword fights.  I mean what’s a kid not to like?  It’s the original Game of Thrones! A production of Macbeth is daunting for any theatre group, big or small, professional or amateur, but I commend BYU’s Young Company for having the courage to produce it.  It’s a great way...

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