Author: russwarne


OREM — Even though they don’t realize it at the time, children live in a magical period in their lives. Children have few cares, no bills, and just a few simple responsibilities. So, it’s easy for adults to appreciate a story that lets their imagination run free for a little while, the way a child’s does. How I Became a Pirate is that type of story. The musical stars Joseph Larsen as Jeremy Jacob, a young boy who is playing on the beach when a ship full of pirates comes ashore looking for a person to help them hide...

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THE STRONGER is short, but sweet

PROVO — When I was in high school, my theatre teacher told me that all you need for a theatre performance were three things: an audience, a performer, and a space. This truism came to mind as I watched Utah Shakespeare in the Park’s production of August Strindberg’s The Stronger. On the evening I attended, the audience was a small handful of Utah denizens. The performers were just Taylor Peck and Chelsea Hickman. The space was a medium-sized, but comfortable classroom on the BYU campus. August Strindberg, a Swedish playwright who died a century ago, would probably be a...

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KNIGHT FOR A DAY premieres at Draper Historic

DRAPER — I love attending the premiere of a new script. Sure, it’s nice to go to a production of a classic script where you are pretty sure of what you’re going to see. But in my opinion, a new play is exciting because it holds so much promise and potential. So, I went to Draper Historic Theatre last Saturday night to see Knight for a Day, a new script written by Paul Gibbs and Patrick Gibbs. The Gibbses’ script is a 21st century fairy tale that takes place in a distant medieval past. Ariana (Rosalie Bertrand) and Philip...

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A WINTER’S TALE won’t leave you cold

CEDAR CITY — Shakespeare is well-known for his work in the three main genres that his plays fit into: histories, comedies, and tragedies. However, many of his later plays fall into the category of romances, with The Tempest being the best known play in this group. The romances have been a largely misunderstood genre for a variety of reasons. First, with the exception of The Tempest, none of these scripts (Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter’s Tale, though sometimes Two Noble Kinsmen is included in the group) are among the Bard’s most frequently produced and most beloved works. Second, the...

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After slow start, DIAL M FOR MURDER packs the suspense

CEDAR CITY — Last year, the Utah Shakespeare Festival produced The 39 Steps, a stage adaptation of a 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film. This year the Festival has decided to produce another classic of suspense, Dial M for Murder, which Hitchcock turned into a renown 1954 film staring Grace Kelly. Dial M for Murder is a play in which cuckolded husband Tony Wendice carefully plans the perfect murder with his wife Margot as the victim. He hires a small-time conman acquaintance named Captain Lesgate to execute the plan. The classic script, written by Frederick Knott, has three acts and two...

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