Author: logan

Nothing revolting about Tuacahn’s MATILDA

IVINS — The musical Matilda (with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and book by Dennis Kelly), is based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name. This story of an oppressed little girl with some extraordinary abilities taking on the world is heartwarming and inspirational. Throughout the musical the audience meets many different characters with motivations abounding, but the primary characters are that of Matilda Wormwood, (played by Lydia Ricks) Miss Honey, (played by Mindy Smoot Robbins) and Miss Trunchbull (played by Matt Ban). Each of these actors is fun and committed, with standout moments each. It was clear that...

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An enchanted production of CINDERELLA at Tuacahn

IVINS — The story of Cinderella is one that many people are familiar with. A young girl wishes to go to the prince’s ball, and her fairy godmother helps this wish come true. The young girl and prince fall in love on the dance floor, he searches the kingdom to find her again, and they live happily ever after. There have been no limit to the adaptations of this story. The version currently playing at Tuacahn Amphitheatre is an updated version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, with the original score by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and a new...

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“Love is always better” at Utah Rep’s BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bridges of Madison County is a new musical about love in its Utah debut. In this adaptation of the famous book (and film), Francesca Johnson is the central character in this story, an Italian immigrant housewife who longs to return to her beloved Naples, but has resigned herself to life on a farm in Iowa. While her family is away at the state fair, a photographer named Robert Kincaid knocks at her kitchen door asking for directions to a covered bridge in the area. What follows are four days of a heartfelt affair between Francesca...

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Personality abounds in Lyric Rep’s THE FOREIGNER

LOGAN — Charlie Baker tries to adapt to a new environment and find the perfect method to avoid conversation with strangers. A humble bed and breakfast in a different country seems to be just the right place to have the greatest escapade of his life. These events provide the start to The Foreigner, a comedy by Larry Shue. Charlie struggles with something that most people seem to find themselves familiar with at some point: the struggle to talk to other people in a public setting. This struggle turns into an adventure to be remembered, and the play delivers side-splitting humor throughout. Before...

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Worth seeing the “brave new world” of Grassroots’s THE TEMPEST

SALT LAKE CITY — The Grassroots Shakespeare Company has been a travelling theater company since 2009. Their approach to Shakespeare is completely different from your typical theatre-going experience. Among the differences are no director or costume designer, little rehearsal time so the show never becomes rote, and most performances are done in the light of day, depending on the sun for their lighting. These elements combine to create a memorable performance. One current Grassroots production is The Tempest, is a work by Shakespeare depicting two sets of people. The first group is made up of the King of Naples, his...

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