A Midsummer Night, Full of Hits and Misses

If you like Shakespeare, and are not too sensitive to same-gender relationships or a grittier interpretation of Shakespeare’s words, I would recommend this production. Continue reading

Wisteria and Sunshine – Enchanted April at the Covey is beautifully done

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim, is a “chick book,” no doubt about it. Not only does it revolve … Continue reading

Once there was a man… Mortal Fools’ “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Is there a dark side to your personality? Is there a more passionate part of you hidden beneath the surface? If there were no social norms to follow, would you be the same person you are now? Are you happy?

So many questions, and none will be answered by seeing Mortal Fools Theatre Project’s production of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. In fact, I have been unable to stop thinking about these questions since I saw the performance at The Echo Theatre last week. At the risk of sounding clichéd, they haunt me. This is not the musical version of this tale, and all is better for it. Continue reading

My Fair Lady, Just Loverly!

Spanish Fork gives us a classic community theater production with help from neighboring businesses, a large support staff, and a huge cast with a broad range of age, education, and experience. The auditorium of the High School was filled on opening night with family, friends, and neighbors. I happened to visit a friend who lives next to the school the following night and from the looks of the parking lot, there were just as many seats filled for that night. And for good reason. This is a great production! 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

Wasatch Theatre Company presents Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two”

Chapter Two is inspired by Simon’s own second marriage, after the death of his first wife, and the grief he still felt for her. “Doesn’t sound like a comedy,” you say? And you would be right. It’s not the subject that’s comedic, it’s the writing of it. In fact, most Neil Simon plays I’ve seen are basically depression and angst wrapped in wit, which isn’t a bad thing. I will admit I’m wary of “auto-biographical” pieces. Usually the author finds them much more interesting than the rest of us. But Simon obviously loved his second wife very much because in Jennie Malone, he wrote a character that was surprisingly interesting. Continue reading

Fall In To a Ring of Fire In Park City

I didn’t know what to expect from this production. I knew it had Johnny Cash music, and . . . . that’s about all I knew. I had never been to the Egyptian Theatre before, but the space is lovely, parking was easy-peasy, staff was friendly, and the plethora of local sponsors made me feel like I had joined a very cool club. Continue reading

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