LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE: an exciting immersive play for kids

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse 2 - Utah Valley University

OREM — Children’s literature translates in vibrant style to UVU’s Noorda Stage in their most recent production, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, directed by John Newman. Lilly is a mouse with headstrong personality, loud and audacious, with an endearing tendency to proclaim herself as” Queen of the World.” She nudges herself into friendships, defends the weak from […]

An innovative, but incoherent ROMEO & JULIET

Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Gary Oakeson.

SALT LAKE CITY — Romeo and Juliet, as penned by William Shakespeare, remains a constant of theater performance, attempted by many theatrical devotees and presented in a variety of lenses. The historic nature of true love, destroyed by the prideful hostility of parents, holds a certain resonance that speaks to audiences today. And while the words […]

UVU’s CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is a strong introduction to epic theatre

Show closes February 1, 2014.

OREM — Bertolt Brecht sought to evoke social change with his plays, the content of which often broached political subjects. Brectht is best known today for what he called “epic theatre,” his provocative revision in the presentation of theater, which stripped performance of its usual tokens and replaced the art form with a daring call to […]

Have a carefree night of entertainment at THE FOREIGNER

Brandon Green as Ellard Simms and Tanya Radebaugh as Betty Meeks in The Foreigner at Hale Centre Theatre.

WEST VALLEY CITY — There’s a difficult balance in the nature of comedy—striking the elevated levels of humor, while allowing the resonance of serious moments to properly take effect. I was wholly impressed by Hale Centre Theatre’s The Foreigner‘s ability to do just that. The tone struck by the play really is quite silly, and I’ll […]

THE UNEXPECTED GUEST a thrilling delight

Show closes October 26, 2013.

PROVO — Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery hits the Covey stage, and to resoundingly great effect. The action begins in the midst of a foggy night, when stranger Michael Starkwedder stumbles into a manor home and finds the body of Richard Warwick. Intrigue abounds as the wife of the deceased, Laura Warwick, takes stalwart blame for the […]

AS YOU LIKE IT? Almost… but still a funny show

Photo by Deanne Rutledge Jones.

MAGNA — As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, tells the story of political intrigue, founded by Duke Frederick’s ousting of his brother, Duke Senior. Senior’s daughter Rosalind is permitted to stay at court, a privilege of being best friend to the Frederick’s daughter Celia—however Rosalind is quickly banished when news of her affections for one […]

Egyptian Theatre’s EVITA falters technically, but features strong performances

Evita - Egyptian Theatre

PARK CITY — Evita, as presented by the Egyptian Theater, tells the story of former Argentinian first lady Eva Perón. From humble origins, to a B-film star, to her slow manipulation into the political realm, Evita crafts an intricate tale of this infamous woman’s life. Co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical encompasses […]

Hale’s GUYS AND DOLLS is a showstopper

Photo by Pete Widtfeldt ©2013

OREM — The age old battle of the sexes comes to a head in Guys and Dolls, a musical originally premiering in 1950 and finding new stage at Orem’s Hale Center Theater. The classic script by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows is about Nathan Detroit, who stands to make a reaping of cash if he can […]

A visually beautiful TARZAN in Orem

Brian Smith as Tarzan and Rian Shepherd as Jane.

OREM — Adapted from the original Disney film, Tarzan: The Musical, brings Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic coming-of-age story to the outdoor SCERA Shell Theater. In the story, a father and mother find themselves shipwrecked upon the shores of an island off the coast of Africa, and immediately set to constructing a treehouse for their infant son. […]

8 has a thought provoking staged reading in Orem

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OREM — In November of 2008, a majority of California voters said yes to Proposition 8, a legal redefinition of the state’s constitutional amendment declaring that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized.” This decision was met with uproar, same-sex couples and LGBT supporters statewide protesting the validity of such a […]