Author: Gordon Jones

Hopebox’s CRAZY FOR YOU is a good show for a good cause

Crazy For You is one of those musicals (Anything Goes and Girl Crazy are others) that exist only to showcase the Great American Songbook. This show is built around the music of George and Ira Gershwin (helped out by a script by Ken Ludwig). It offers the perfect introduction for young persons to these classic tunes, and it reminds the rest of audiences why they love the songs so much. Putting the tunes into a story also gives us a too-rare reminder that these songs had verses, and that the verses are intelligent and clever. In this show, Bobby...

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Take a journey with your kids to see LITTLE RED

OREM — Well, the grandkids loved Little Red at the SCERA, and that is probably enough of a review for the average parent or grandparent. I took three of my grands in the 8-10 year-old range to see the opening performance on Monday. “What did you like?” I asked them. Their reply: “All of it.” “What did you not like?” “Nothing.” No big surprise there. Grandchildren are rarely theatre critics, and these SCERA adaptations of children’s stories are full of bright, happy music (though cribbing one song from Gilbert and Sullivan was a little risky). Little Red also features energetic dancing...

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CASH ON DELIVERY charms, but has delays

SANDY — Community theaters are constantly on the lookout for good farces, which can be hard to find. Cash on Delivery fits the bill. Since I first encountered Cash a couple of years ago, at Hale’s sister theater in Orem, I have thought it one of the funniest comedies around, and I eagerly looked forward to this production at the “Jewel Box” theater at Hale’s new complex in Sandy. Concentrating on the excesses of the British social welfare state (which has much in common with our own), Cash on Delivery features a feckless scammer named Eric Swann, who receives unemployment checks (or cheques),...

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