Come Look at the Freaks in “Side Show”

The show is made up of an ensemble cast of talented actors, who go from playing side show freaks to reporters, vaudevillians, New York snobs, and an entire host of various roles. Each gave solid performances, regardless of where they were placed, and that gave the show a true repertory feel, which I guess is the whole point of Utah Rep. Continue reading

Five Forever!

I love Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Perhaps it’s because I never lived with sisters, but as a young girl I was fascinated with the dynamics of this family, their different personalities, borrowing each others possessions, their frustration and love for each other. I am not, however, a big fan of classic literature being turned into musicals, especially when a new one seems to pop up every other day. In my home, “. . .The Musical,” is a term used with derision and mockery. So, with mixed feelings, I attended the Springville Playhouse production of Little Women: The Musical… Continue reading

The Importance of Remembering Why We Do Theater

Upon being asked to review the Importance of Being Earnest, I was hesitant. I have seen this show done more times than maybe only The Scarlet Pimpernel or Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I am TIRED of this show. I am tired of odd interpretations and the latest “new” way of presenting material that, to me, has seen its time. However, my fellow reviewer shared quite a different view… her experience with this show has held more positive memories and is less exhausted than my own. Armed with opinions that ranged from the best to the worst, we each took our seats, not knowing what to expect. Continue reading

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