Author: andreafife

THE NOOSE and BRINE SHRIMP GANGSTERS are an odd combination

SALT LAKE CITY — The Noose is a piece of historical fiction inspired by an actual 1957 Salt Lake City police case. April, a young African-American resident of Salt Lake, is accused not only of murder, but also of being a lesbian—accusations which seem to be culturally equal in severity. In the plot, designed to make the straight, male policeman appear as the ultimate villain, the female characters get their victory in the form of a homicide via piano wire, complete with a reference to Adolf Hitler. Early in this original script by playwright Bryan Stubbles, the narrator Sappho expresses a...

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A new perspective on grief through AN OAK TREE

SALT LAKE CITY — A father thought he sat at the side of the road, arms flung wide around the trunk of a large oak tree.  In reality he was on a hypnotist’s stage and under the hypnotist’s control—and control was something the Father had been lacking since his daughter had been accidentally hit by a car. Recognizing that his inability to deal with the loss was now affecting his relationship with his wife and younger daughter, he had come to the hypnotist for help. The two actors on stage in An Oak Tree, Barrett Ogden and Davey Morrison...

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Include BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS in your summer plans

CEDAR CITY — Eugene, a young man of nearly fifteen, shares a home with not only his parents and brother, but with an aunt and two cousins as well.  A complicated web of human relationships connects the seven members of the household as alliances shift depending on the current conflict, and each member of this family has a heavy load to bear. Eugene’s brother Stanley struggles under the weight of knowing that family cannot survive without the money he brings home. His father Jack has lost both his second job and his health, and as World War II looms just...

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Wishing for an extended stay at LONDON SUITE

CEDAR CITY — I’ve probably spoken it as frequently as I’ve heard it, the flippant cliche’ “if walls could talk.”  As I ponder it now, I wonder to which walls I would be most inclined to lend an ear.  Would I want to hear an epic tale following a set of characters over a long period of time?  Or would I prefer a collection of short stories, a glimpse into a single moment with little opportunity for context or resolution? I think that the deciding factor may be how well the wall could spin the story because, when told...

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ON GOLDEN POND fails to rise above the mundane

CEDAR CITY — Imagine sitting in a living room watching the mundane, everyday conversations that move a family through a typical summer. Such moments are easy to picture and are so familiar that they have become the iconic stuff of late night reruns.  But without a conscious storyboard to dictate conflict or climax, without an instrumental track to manipulate emotion, without sound effects to punctuate or a live studio audience to lull one into the comfortable act of laughing along, even the best scripted conversation runs the risk of becoming nothing but common. On Golden Pond takes place in the...

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