Author: kwebb

THE UNEXPECTED GUEST a thrilling delight

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 murder; she seems innocent—or is she? Starkwedder, apparently compelled by Laura’s beauty, helps to re-enact the murder and lay a trail of false clues to lead the police astray. Using the deceased’s backstory, Mr. Warwick’s aggressive tendencies played upon in order to frame an...

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

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 Orlando becomes known. Rosalind and Celia flee to the forests of Arden, and in a move to protect themselves, don disguises. Rosalind dresses as a boy and takes on the name Ganymede, whereas Celia tones down her natural beauty and becomes Aliena. Happenstance brings...

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

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 various aspects of both her coming of age and a rise to the notoriety of the world spotlight. Love her or hate her, the musical presents a biographic picture of her notorious life, complete with Latin flavor and elements of “romance” and politics. Those...

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Hale’s GUYS AND DOLLS is a showstopper

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 only find a spot for his illegal floating crap game, a task made difficult by the local strong-armed police force and fiancée Adelaide’s vehement protests that he cease and desist. Few locations exist to host the game, and the only viable lead—The Biltmore Garage,...

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A visually beautiful TARZAN in Orem

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. All goes awry when a leopard attacks and kills the parents, an event mirrored in the local gorilla tribe when this same leopard kills the son of gorillas Kerchak and Kala. Kala finds the human baby and decides to rear it as her own,...

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