EVENING EUCALYPTUS is a theatrical walkabout

PROVO — In the Australian aborigine culture many people experience a walkabout. In this rite of passage a young person travels through the Outback on a journey of self-exploration. In many ways, Evening Eucalyptus is like a walkabout: both emphasize growing up. For both, the voyage is more important than the destination. And both have the potential to be […]


PROVO — How would you like to spend an evening with Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Ginger Rogers?  All together on one stage?  Well you might just be in luck with Mahonri Stewart’s original play, Jimmy Stewart Goes to Hollywood, which is a biographical exploration of the life […]

William McAllister and playing Jimmy Stewart at The Covey

The Covey Center for the Arts in Provo has been increasingly impressing local audiences with thoughtful and family friendly productions. Their latest offering is Jimmy Stewart Goes to Hollywood, by Utah-based playwright Mahonri Stewart, and produced by Zion Theatre Company. Actor William McAllister is playing the well-loved and well-known actor Jimmy Stewart. I was able to […]

Not even Hercules could save PROMETHEUS UNBOUND

PROVO — The Zion Theatre Company‘s production of Prometheus Unbound retells the story of the Greek mythological figure Prometheus. Prometheus is an intelligent Titan, credited with the creation of man from clay and known as a champion of mankind. He defies the gods by giving fire to humanity, an act that enabled their progress and civilization. As punishment […]


PROVO — “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father . . . And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” These words are spoken by Jesus in […]

LEGENDS OF SLEEPY HOLLOW permeated with Halloween spirit

BLUFFDALE — There is so much that is inherently theatrical about Halloween. It’s a great excuse for everyone to dress up in costume, pretend to be someone else, and show off their creativity. Because these are things that theatre people often love to do, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of theatrical productions in […]

SWALLOW THE SUN is a significant step down from C.S. Lewis

PROVO — Swallow the Sun opens with C.S. Lewis and Paddy Moore on army cots discussing their mutual love of literature and Ireland. The audience meets a young C.S. Lewis, an atheist, who has yet to accept Christianity and establish himself as one of its staunchest literary defenders. Ken Foody’s C.S. Lewis is as arrogant and […]

A ROOF OVERHEAD needs remodeling

SPRINGVILLE — Zion Theatre Company is a unique theatre group in Utah. Although family-friendly live entertainment is not hard to find in this state, ZTC is unique for its explicit mission to produce uplifting drama that not only entertains, but provokes thoughts and conversations. ZTC is also focused on works by Latter-day Saint artists, and works […]

Conventions clash in RINGS OF THE TREE

SALT LAKE CITY — There’s something to be said for daring theater. Zion Theatre Company’s latest venture, Rings of the Tree, is definitely daring—in subject matter, execution, technical effects, and a shocking and potentially controversial resolution. Unfortunately, this daring show has a few kinks to work out before it can be sincerely hailed for its […]

A Puzzle Worth Watching: JINN & OTHER MYTHS at the Off Broadway Theater

SALT LAKE CITY—It is cathartic to experience a play like Zion Theatre Company’s portrayal of Mahonri Stewart’s Jinn and Other Myths. This performance does not just entertain, but also challenges you to analyze the artistic material and also yourself. The play itself is in an unusual format—instead of one cohesive piece, with one set of […]