Author: Logan Gifford

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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Wait until CURTAINS has dropped the curtain

CENTERVILLE — Curtains is a fun show about a musical within a musical. The audience finds itself in the theatre watching the closing scene of the fictional play Robbin’ Hood in Boston, only to have the leading lady murdered before their eyes. The rest of the production ensues in hilarity while, along with the cast, Detective Frank Cioffi sets out to solve the intriguing murder of the “late, if not great” Jessica Cranshaw. CenterPoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville put together a production of this show that was, unfortunately, fairly underwhelming. The show itself has several large production numbers, a ballad or...

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New ideas in SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

LOGAN — Songs For a New World is a song cycle written by Jason Robert Brown that depicts a number of scenarios involving people facing crossroads or changing points in their lives, and the lessons to be learned from these events. Different from a regular musical, the songs performed aren’t connected by scene work or by a plot line, but only by thematic elements. Each song depicts different characters, always labeled as simply “Man” or “Woman” with a different story to tell. The USU Opera Theatre presented this song cycle in the Morgan Theatre on campus April 8 and 9....

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