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Get acquainted with TWO NOBLE KINSMEN at the park

PROVO — Shakespeare.  The name may send chills down your back – thrills of pleasure if you’re a fan, or shivers of terror if all you know of the Bard is what was forced on you in high school.  Either way, if you are up for an outing on a fine summer evening, Grassroots Shakespeare Company’s romp through Two Noble Kinsmen will have you playing along with their antics. Grassroots Shakespeare’s goal is to shake off the weight of production elements and formal expectations that burden modern theater. Out with the elaborate sets, the fancy costumes, the piles of props....

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Make yourself at home in BYU’s SINGLE WIDE

PROVO — Somewhere west of Steel Magnolia’s Louisiana, and south of Oklahoma! is a small Texas trailer park, where five strong women struggle to make a living and make sense of their love lives, accompanied by upbeat country music.  Such is the setting of Single Wide, a new musical by George Nelson, Maclain Nelson, and Jordan Kamalu, premiering at Brigham Young University under the direction of Megan Sanborn Jones. It’s a play that might have a real chance to go someplace bigger. Single Wide (a term for small-sized manufactured homes) grew out of a collaborations between a BYU theater professor and...

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Covey’s BAREFOOT IN THE PARK cures the winter blues

PROVO — As the saying goes, “Opposites attract.” But can they manage to stay together? The Covey Center for the Arts production of Barefoot in the Park, expertly directed by Robinne Booth, is a charming case study of the problem, perfect for a date-night out or just a way to take one’s mind off the dinginess of late winter. The play begins with no one on stage—just an almost empty, dumpy “brown stone” apartment, with a paint cloth and an empty paint can conspicuously in the center of the floor.  Someone has been trying to spruce the place up.  Enter a pretty...

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WAR OF THE WORLDS is simply world class

PROVO — Some people, when they hear the title War of the Worlds may think of one of a variety of media adaptations of H. G. Wells’s famous science-fiction novel, never out of print since first serialized in 1897.  Some may recall actor Orson Welles’s infamous October1 938 radio broadcast based on that book.  While his name is not Wells, playwright David Hanson’s theatrical adaptation of  War of the Worlds has the potential to make its own lasting reputation. Hanson’s play is not a mere retelling of a Martian invasion or re-enactment of a broadcast.  Rather it is the dramatization of the...

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