AN IDEAL HUSBAND is almost an ideal production

OREM — Oscar Wilde was at one time one of the most popular playwrights in London. His most well-known play is The Importance of Being Earnest. Closely following that play is An Ideal Husband, the current production being offered by Utah Valley University‘s Department of Theater Arts. It is an enjoyable production with a few slight […]

Puppets and theatre magic make THE SELFISH GIANT a big ticket

PROVO — Adaptation is hard. Taking a beloved piece that works in one medium and effectively transferring it into another is a daunting task. Teresa Dayley Love‘s script for BYU’s The Selfish Giant takes Oscar Wilde‘s 1600-word short story and stretches it out into over an hour of stage time. The result, however, too often feels watered down, rather than deepened […]


PROVO — “One has to be serious about something if one is to have any amusement in life.” Thus Algernon Moncrief states in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. At the Covey Center for the Performing Arts, that amusement is taken very seriously, and director Lynne D. Bronson delivers a play rife with mockery of […]

An ideal cast for AN IDEAL HUSBAND

PROVO — The Echo Theatre artfully captures Oscar Wilde’s biting wit and cutting social commentary with their production of An Ideal Husband. Add the cast’s excellent timing and physical comedy to the play’s innate merits, and you can expect an evening of brilliant entertainment. An Ideal Husband is a story of the 19th century English upper […]


CENTERVILLE — CenterPoint Legacy Theatre’s presentation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a full evening of satirical wit and laughs. The company presented a precise interpretation of this classic script. Although there are some weaknesses in the evening, those were easily dismissed because I was laughing at the next line. As a new […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST makes a big impression in a small space

SPRINGVILLE — The Little Brown Theatre in Springville is a new theatre that is exactly what it sounds like: a delightfully tiny space that was created out of a bookstore on Main Street. It is one of the most intimate spaces that I have ever been in, seating only around 50-70 patrons. But this was a […]

Plenty of Intrigue in Midvale: Pinnacle’s “An Ideal Husband”

MIDVALE — Walking into the Midvale Performing Arts Center is a welcome surprise to the unassuming exterior.  Located in the heart of downtown Midvale, the space provides just the spot for the 4-yr old Pinnacle Acting Company’s latest production of An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde. The story is simple: fate catches up to Government Minister […]

Hale makes an ‘Earnest’ attempt

WEST VALLEY CITY — I’ll begin this review by stating that I’ve never liked “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. I hated the play when I first read it and I couldn’t believe so many people loved it. The odds were against me so I figured it must be a show you have to see in order to enjoy. So with that I jumped at the opportunity to see this classic at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley.