Author: Maren Scriven

Sit down as THE GAY UNCLE EXPLAINS IT ALL TO YOU

SALT LAKE CITY — The Gay Uncle Explains It All to You is one of the many that the Salt Lake Fringe Festival has offered the last two weekends, and it is billed as “A Celebration of Pop, Camp, Gay, Underground & Trash Culture of the 60’s & 70’s and Beyond” on the Fringe website. Jeffrey Robert has put together a one-man show that seemed more like a mix between a stand-up routine and a memoir of what it was like to grow up gay in the ’60s and ’70s. Robert has an endearing quality, and the stories that he told ranged from humorous to touching. The audience was laughing and crying, and the experience was more interactive than most theatrical productions. It felt like I was part of a group conversation, rather than a one-man production. Robert began with what it was like to see people like Judy Garland and Bette Midler and other now dubbed “gay icons” on television after school. Robert is also an artist, and throughout his stories he showed many caricatures that he had created while discussing his heroes of the past and present. Interspersed throughout this he had clips of music that helped him tell his stories. Among the more frivolous and the fun he interjected lesser known historical facts about Stonewall and the origins of the pride parades and pride festivals. One of...

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CenterPoint’s 9 TO 5 is relevant for women today

CENTERVILLE — 9 to 5 is a musical that debuted on Broadway in 2009 and is based upon the 1980’s movie of the same name. Music and lyrics are by Dolly Parton, who starred in the original movie, and the book is by Patricia Resnick. CenterPoint Legacy Theatre in Centerville has decided to bring the story of three women working and hating their boss to their stage for their end of number show. Now, here is where I make a confession. While I am definitely a child of the ’80s, I have never seen more than clips of the original...

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SCERA has a great SEUSSICAL, “all for you”

OREM — It is rare that I get a chance to review the a different production of the same show in quick succession. But I have a ten-year-old daughter who loves the soundtrack of Seussical The Musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, so I had to jump at the opportunity to take her to see the production at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre.  The show is a musical representation of many of Dr. Seuss’s well known and well-loved stories. Most of the action surrounds Horton the Elephant (played by Kyle Baugh) as he tries to save the Whos in...

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All aboard for HOW LONG CAN YOU STAND ON THE TRAIN TRACKS

SALT LAKE CITY — Recently I was at a theatre conference that talked about how the new art that comes out of your local theatre companies is part of what continues to shape the story of the place where you live. It was this lesson that helped me feel a great deal of excitement to experience a show debut from a local author with a newer theatrical company in the Salt Lake Valley. How Long Can You Stand on the Train Tracks: A Game for Two Sisters is a new play, written by Morag Shepherd and directed by Alexandra Harbold....

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Utah Festival Opera’s SEUSSICAL is full of whimsy and fun

LOGAN — Just under two decades ago, I spent a lot of evenings watching second run movies at the Utah Theater on Center Street in Logan because it was perfect for a poor college students budget. When I learned that the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre had renovated the old theater to house stage productions, I was very excited to attend the new production of Seussical and see what they had done with the old theater. The renovation does not disappoint; from the lighting fixtures to the chairs and the stage, the details are precise and the atmosphere inviting....

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