Author: tonyporter

Something delightfully wicked brewing in Pinnacle’s MACBETH

SALT LAKE CITY — Shakespeare remains one of the most produced playwrights even after over 400 years. And Macbeth is probably one of his most discussed plays. Macbeth is the shortest of Shakespeare’s tragedy plays, and is the only Shakespeare play that has a theatrical curse associated with it. Even to speaking the very name of the play, outside of performance, is supposedly cursed. Despite the curse, Macbeth has been retooled as modern cinema, opera, even ballet.  The new production by Pinnacle Acting Company is a very satisfying interpretation of this tragedy. Macbeth tells the story of a Scottish general...

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A joyous second movement in A COMEDY OF TENORS

SALT LAKE CITY — Lightning, as they say, never strikes the same place twice.  This old (and highly inaccurate) saying was coined to say how unlikely it is that an extraordinary event would take place twice in the same way. Ken Ludwig’s play Lend Me a Tenor is well established as a comedic theatrical classic, a farce on par with Noises Off, A Flea in Her Ear, and Charlie’s Aunt. Ludwig later wrote A Comedy of Tenors, a sequel to Lend Me a Tenor.  Sequels to great theatrical shows have a bit of a sketchy history (just think of Bring Back...

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Raucous laughter unearthed with LONG LOST FIRST PLAY

CEDAR CITY — Where do I begin?  How do I review a show so filled with mirth and downright belly laughs that come from the absolute shock and surprise of creative imagining of a long lost first play of William Shakespeare, without revealing parts of the show and thereby ruining the fun?  This new show, entitled William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged), is from the RSC (no, not that one, the Reduced Shakespeare Company) who are responsible for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. If you’ve ever seen that show, you have some idea of what you’re in...

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Neil Simon Fest’s THE DINNER PARTY is a tasty treat

CEDAR CITY — There are some subjects that do not initially suggest themselves as subjects for a comedy. Fairly high on this list is the topic of divorce.  As a basis for drama, there are numerous examples of divorce fueling the impetus for a play, but comedy has fewer examples.  How exactly do you approach divorce as a subject for comedy?  In the case of Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, the answer is deft skill and very witty dialogue. The setting is a private dining room in a first-rate restaurant in Paris.  A dinner party is set for six guests...

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CABARET lacks luster at the Ziegfeld

OGDEN — Considered a classic since it first opened in the 1966, Cabaret has been a popular musical, winning several awards, including Tonys for the original Broadway run and its revival.  Based on the Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood, and the play I am a Camera by John Van Druten, Cabaret uses John Kander‘s music, Fred Ebb‘s lyrics, and Joe Masteroff‘s book to tell the story of the relationship between a young American writer and a British cabaret singer in Weimar Germany through the construct of a seedy nightclub, the Kit Kat Klub. Cabaret was unusual upon it opening on...

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