Author: kwebb

Creekside’s OZ has charm in its setting and its actors

CEDAR HILLS — In Patrick Shanahan’s Oz, L. Frank Baum is having trouble finishing up his inevitably-famous novel, The Wizard of Oz. But when a scraggly girl breaks into his house, he uses her to act out the events contained in his story. With the help of Dot and his housemaid, Bridgey, Baum is able to break through his writer’s block and find the ending to his tale. In the process, he helps the strange girl remember her home, and encourages her to find home just as Dorothy does. The setting of this theatre plays a critical role in...

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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES charms at the Covey Center

PROVO — I grew up with Anne of Green Gables. I remember nights spent listening to the audiobooks and falling asleep to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s enchanting words. The story was always a comforting one, easy to listen to and filled with personable characters that I grew to love. The Covey Center‘s production of Anne of Green Gables establishes a beautifully nostalgic imagining of this classical tale, and evoked a very cozy, very contented feel. Director Lynne Bronson managed to keep the production streamlined—no showboating, no excessive thrills. It was all heart, and beautifully centered on the characters. The play...

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Actresses in GIDION’S KNOT are unceasingly powerful

SALT LAKE CITY — Gidion’s Knot by Johnna Adams is a script that I was previously unfamiliar with, and the synopsis found online hardly did the final performance justice. It is a complicated, nuanced play fraught with tense emotion and masterfully unveiling new levels of storytelling with every passing minute. I found myself absolutely unable to look away from the stage as the narrative unfolded. Gidion’s Knot begins on premise of a parent-teacher conference, albeit an extremely unusual one. The audience learns that previous to the scheduled conference, Corryn’s son committed suicide. Rather than to dismiss the conference, she shows up...

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Very dark HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL has its Utah debut

SALT LAKE CITY — True to the darker vibes of the original 1988 film, Heathers: The Musical remained just on the edge of funny and devastating. The plot follows the story of wannabe popular girl Veronica, as she uses her talents of forgery to finesse her way into the upper echelons of high school royalty. Once within their regal ranks, however, she quickly discovers The Heathers aren’t as glamorous as they seem to be. Power hungry Heather Chandler seems to control everyone at the high school and her bossy (and bitchy) personality puts her at odds with Veronica—especially when her old...

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RESOLVED loosens up, until the end

SALT LAKE CITY — The fun thing about the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival is the leaps taken in performance that would not be allowable in a more conventional setting. Resolved, produced by Company of Cohorts and directed by Trayven Call and Suni Gigliotti, is such a show because it disbands the notion of the 4th wall entirely and invites the audience into the living space of its main character, Roxy. A group of friends meet to throw a wild New Year’s Eve party, and the audience is allowed into the party. (I was given a “shot” and ushered into the...

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