“Sounds and sweet airs.” THE TEMPEST at Westminster

The Tempest - Westminster College

SALT LAKE CITY — In Shakespeare’s original text of The Tempest, King Alonso and company have traveled across the sea from Naples to Carthage for the wedding of princess Claribel. On their way back home, they find themselves shipwrecked on an enchanted isle somewhere in the Mediterranean. In director Melanie Nelson’s creative reimagining of the show at […]


AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is an evening of gripping theater

Photo by Alex Weisman, IceWolf Photography.

SALT LAKE CITY — When their father goes missing, the three Weston sisters gather to the family home in rural Osage County, Oklahoma, to help their mother pick up the pieces of her life.  While a little drama is normal at any family reunion, a gathering of the Weston family is like a dysfunctional family Thanksgiving […]


Salt Lake Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER mashup is too messy

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Midsummer Night’s Dream is probably the most performed of Shakespeare‘s comedies. It is still very funny and accessible for modern audiences and seems custom made for the summer theatre season. Salt Lake Shakespeare, celebrating it’s 20th season, has become known for it’s fresh and high energy takes on both popular […]


If “it’s not impossible,” go see BOEING-BOEING

Show closes January 25, 2013.

MIDVALE — My thoughts after seeing Pinnacle Acting Company’s production of Boeing-Boeing are best summed up in a line from the script spoken by one of the supporting characters, Berthe, “That was very impressive, monsieur. I’d go a long way to see something like that again.” This little French farce is surefire cure for the winter […]


THE RIGHTEOUS and VERY REAL HOUSEWIVES OF UTAH COUNTY: very real and sometimes righteous

Anne Cullimore Decker as Emma and Jim Dale as Dimitri. The six Righteous Housewives of Utah County in their aprons, ready to cook up a meal. Left to right: Holly Fowers, April Fossen, Anne Cullimore Decker, Anne Louise Brings, Haley McCormick, and Nicki Nixon on the front row. Photo by Morgan Donavan, courtesy of AP Productions.

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons. That buttoned-up, straight-laced, hard right bunch of religious zealots who become increasingly more conservative as one zeroes in on Utah County. In The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County, the audiences meets the Pratt women in Payson, smack dab in the heart of Mormondom. The story follows the Pratts […]


THE LION IN WINTER explores medieval machinations

Morgan Lund and Teresa Sanderson as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in Pinnacle Acting Company's production of The Lion in Winter.

MIDVALE — I was always something of an odd child growing up.  I listened to big band music, old radio shows and loved watching the classics (and not so classics) of cinema shown on the Big Money Movie each afternoon.  That is where I first saw and fell in love with the film version of […]


Don’t miss BETRAYAL in Midvale

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MIDVALE — Harold Pinter is considered one of the most influential playwrights of modern British Theater; Betrayal is one of his best known plays.  Written in 1978, Pinter himself adapted it to the screen in 1983.  As presented at Pinnacle Acting Company, it is a very interesting view into the history of an affair. Betrayal is […]


Pinnacle’s EDUCATING RITA deserves an audience

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SALT LAKE CITY — My husband, son, and I had the pleasure of seeing Educating Rita presented by the Pinnacle Acting Company in Midvale on Saturday night. This isn’t the first Pinnacle production I’ve reviewed. I sincerely believe it won’t be the last. I love their work. It’s almost a no-brainer to review these shows. […]


Proof: Complex and Lovely

MIDVALE — Proof was originally produced on Broadway in 2001 and went on to win multiple Tony awards, including Best Play, and was recognized with the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play starred a string of famous actors during its run including Mary-Louise Parker, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anne Heche, and Neil Patrick Harris, and […]


“Dancing at Lughnasa” Intrigues

MIDVALE — Soon after its 1990 premiere at Dublin’s Abbey stage, Dancing at Lughnasa took London and New York by storm, winning both Olivier and Tony best-play honors. It went on to became one of the most successful and universally acclaimed plays of the decade and is hailed as playwright Brian Friel’s masterpiece. The Pinnacle […]