OREM — One line of dialogue from the third act of James Sherman‘s Beau Jest perfectly summarizes the current production of the play at Hale Center Theater Orem: “You put on one hell of a performance.” Indeed, the superb acting and directing of the show combine to create one of the best non-musical productions ever at the Orem […]
PROVO — The year is 1741, and George Frederic Handel is in a slump. His recent operas have received a mixed or negative response from the London public. And the volatile mixture of Handel’s wounded artistic vanity and heavy drinking have made his recent failings seem like less of a slump and more of a […]
OREM — Now that summer is here, there are a number of shows that have begun cropping up in local parks and outdoor amphitheaters. One group that has made themselves a staple for outdoor theatre goers is the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. Their latest endeavor, Twelfth Night, is an extremely fun show in a great environment. The […]
PROVO — Most of Shakespeare‘s comedies follow a formula: couples fall in love, love notes go astray, identities are mistaken, but in the end, they are all married and happy. Love’s Labor’s Lost is a bit of a departure from that. And at BYU, it is also a delightful departure. Traditionally, Love’s Labor’s Lost tells the […]
PROVO — Despite their strong grounding in French history and culture, Alexandre Dumas’s writing is beloved throughout the world. Stories like The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask have been read and reread by millions. But Dumas’s most famous tale is probably that of The Three Musketeers. Like many of […]
PROVO — Romeo and Juliet is the second of a summer-long double feature from Utah Shakespeare in the Park (the first was Much Ado About Nothing, in June). And, while Romeo and Juliet is an enjoyable evening of theater—how can an outdoor production of a Shakespeare classic be anything else?—it does have its problems.