Author: Aubrey Warner


PROVO — The Fisherman and His Wife is a participatory play written by Larry and Vivian Snipes. Based on the Grimms’ fairytale, it’s the story of a poor fisherman and his wife, Isabel, who is unhappy with their meager existence. Every day the fisherman goes out to the sea, and every day Isabel tends the garden, makes watery cabbage soup, and hopes that her husband will bring them a fish to eat. One day, the fisherman catches a talking fish who claims to be an enchanted prince. The fisherman sets him free, even though he knows Isabel will be...

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Much to love in minimalist MUCH ADO from London at BYU

PROVO — Nearly every theatre company has done Shakespeare. I’ve seen more high-concept, modernized, stripped-down, period-swapping, gender-bending shows than I can count. And it’s scientific fact that a new production of Hamlet is mounted every 30 seconds. (Read: no, it isn’t.) So how to make a 500-year-old play that’s been done to death fresh and entertaining? Actors from the London Stage took away the high concept, the director, the sets, the lights, most of the props, and all but five actors in their clever, refreshing, rip-roaring production of Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado is a comedy about Beatrice and Benedick, two people seemingly incapable of love....

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The SPITFIRE GRILL serves up some fine performances

PLEASANT GROVE — There’s a room in the basement of the Pleasant Grove library that’s been converted into a tiny theater.  There are maybe eight rows of seats, the ceiling is about ten feet high, and the stage is probably wide enough to stand seven people along its edge.  Kathryn and Howard Little have chosen the perfect little show to produce and direct in this little venue. The Spitfire Grill (music and book by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley) is a down-home American musical about Percy Talbott, a young woman who chooses to live out her parole...

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ANNIE gets lost in the crowd

ALPINE — Annie, as we all know, is the endearing story of an extraordinarily optimistic red-headed orphan who smiles her way into a rich man’s heart.  Together, the lonely billionaire and the lonely girl discover what it is to be family.  It is a charming, albeit campy, little show, and it’s easy to see why family-oriented Alpine Community Theater picked it for its summer headliner.  The small-town theater company boasts the tagline “Where everyone can get into the ACT!”  With a cast of 160 (give or take a few orphans), their latest production of Annie seems to embody that community mindset. But the...

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Let Dark Horse Entertain You

PARK CITY — I have long been under the impression that Gypsy is one of those musicals that appeals largely to theatre people who can understand its showbiz heartbreak overtones on an intimate level, but the production of this iconic musical at the Egyptian Theater made me realize that Gypsy is applicable to everyone. Gypsy was written in 1959 by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, and Stephen Sondheim, and is considered one of the last great musicals of the Golden Age.  It features an over-involved stage mother, Rose, who literally dreams up vaudeville acts for her daughters, June and Louise. ...

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