Author: Maren Scriven

WSU transplants TARTUFFE to the New World

OGDEN — Tartuffe is a classic comedic play written by Molière in the year 1664. A play that is still being staged 348 years after its creation deserves a great deal of merit on its own. Tartuffe falls into the category of timeless plays such as the works of Shakespeare. As a reviewer, I was thrilled to be able to attend Weber State’s version of Tartuffe and discover how they had chosen to interpret this classic. The story of Tartuffe is one of hypocrisy, piousness, and greed. The story surrounds the family of Orgon, played by Rick Rea, and their...

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GLEEK SCHOOL MUSICAL is a better parody than it is a musical

SALT LAKE CITY — The Off Broadway Theater is a fun venue in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. In the style of an old cinema theater, complete with a popcorn stand and old-fashioned ticket booth, the friendly ushers ready to take you to your seat. The theater is known for its comedy improv show, as well as its parodies of popular shows for a local audience. Their shows are meant for all ages, and I saw families attending together. As a theater patron, I am glad there are these types of venues in our theatrical community. After a...

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“I approve” of JOHNNY APPLESEED at The Children’s Theatre

SALT LAKE CITY — I have often passed by The Children’s Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City, and wondered what kind of productions they put on there.  As a life long theatre lover, and mother of two young girls, when the opportunity to review a production at this facility came about, I jumped at the chance. As a parent, I think it is important to help children understand that live performance is much more than just entertainment.  I dressed my five-year-old in one of her best dresses, and spent the drive to Salt Lake explaining that the actors, actresses,...

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XANADU is campy magic

OGDEN — When I agreed to review Xanadu at Weber State, I confess I knew next to nothing about the show. I was aware that it was a movie with Olivia Newton-John in the ’80s and that was about it. I had never watched the movie, and thought I did not know the music, though I found I was mistaken on the second assumption. I had heard the movie was rather silly, so I never bothered to watch it. I was a little concerned that I would not enjoy the musical. Again, I was mistaken. The story of Xanadu...

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SLEEPY HOLLOW: The Legend Lives On

CENTERVILLE — CenterPoint Legacy Theatre’s beautiful new facility that truly impressed me from the lobby to the friendly staff, to the beautiful stage and technological capabilities. Jim Christian, writer and director of Sleepy Hollow, first brought this story to life at Weber State University in 2009. Christian, the director of the Musical Theater Department at WSU, worked with composer Tom Edward Clark to develop Sleepy Hollow has already received an award for playwriting from the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, and the performance here at Centerpoint marks the show’s first non-academic endeavor. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a...

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