Author: elizabeth

Covey Center’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS full of down home soul and wit

PROVO — When playwright Robert Harling‘s sister passed away in 1985 from diabetic complications and a donated kidney failure, a friend suggested to Harling that he write down his thoughts and feelings to come to grips with her death. The result was his play Steel Magnolias. Many of audience members have seen the movie with the all-star cast, and because of that you may think, “Why do I need to see the play?”  Well, here’s why: the play is better.  I was ready to dismiss the play, as I did the movie, for being emotionally manipulative. (Who wouldn’t cry for a...

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE is a sight worth seeing

SALT LAKE CITY — When Arthur Miller‘s name is in the “byline” of a play, audiences can be assured of an evening of great writing, fascinating characters, introspection, and illumination.  True to form, the Grand Theatre’s production of Miller’s A View from the Bridge delivers all of the above. The play is set in 1950’s America, in an Italian American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York and is based on a true story that Miller said he heard from a lawyer who worked with longshoremen. The play employs a sort of chorus and narrator, bringing all the elements of...

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An Other has a strong debut with VANYA…AND SPIKE

PROVO — There’s a new theatre company in town.  An Other Theater Company is peeking over the horizon of the Provo theatre scene and, from seeing their first production, the company has a bright future ahead of it. Provo is a tough town for theatre companies. Provo audiences are conservative in their views, their time and their money, so kudos to Kacey Spadafora, Taylor Jack Nelson, Bryce Lloyd Fueston, Katrina Luthi, and Meggan Spadafora—the artistic staff of An Other Theater Company—for their courage in bringing smart, sophisticated theatre to Provo.  Let’s hope Provo is ready for it. The company has a...

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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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