Author: Logan Gifford

“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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Magic to be had in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s MARY POPPINS

CEDAR CITY — From the moment I entered Randall L. Jones Theatre, the beautiful set transported me into the world of the show as the curtains lay open to reveal chimneys and lights and a changing background of stars and moonscapes. This wonderful set included several multi-functional changing pieces and complemented the scene work in the production very well. Mary Poppins tells the story of a nanny who is windswept into the Banks’ home, setting things right and teaching them to handle the winds of their own lives.  With music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, and book...

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BIG RIVER makes waves at Hale Centre Theatre

WEST VALLEY CITY — For anyone with a little adventure in their heart, and those willing to abandon hope for a plot, Big River is the perfect show. As Hale Center Theatre reminds the audience from their first moments in the hall, there is no plot. There is no meaning to the actions taking place, and there is no moral. There is only a story. The story that Mark Twain wrote about a young boy and a runaway slave on the Big River, and the adventures such a story can hold. Adventure is the main driver to the show, and William...

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