Author: Jocelyn S. Gibbons

A lot to love in HCT’s SHE LOVES ME

WEST VALLEY CITY — I love romantic comedies. To me there is nothing quite so comforting than (re)watching my favorite rom-coms, stopping and rewinding scenes over and over. True, I enjoy other genres of film and am a lover of the stage, but well-worm romantic comedies—While You Were Sleeping, Sweet Home Alabama, The Proposal—draw me in with great characters and humor, then hook me with the sweet, heartwarming, and yes, often sappy romance. Thanks to Hale Centre Theatre, I have discovered a new gem to add to my rom-com collection, a stage musical I wish I could watch on...

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Catch the “Spark of Creation” at CenterPoint’s CHILDREN OF EDEN

CENTERVILLE — It is astounding to me how immense the world of theatre seems to be—with so much to offer and an abundance of new material constantly being created. Yet so many theatre companies focus on the same old shows, the beloved classics. I love a classic show every now and then—and really, I can never get too much of a well-done The Music Man or My Fair Lady—but it is always refreshing when a theatre company decides to sidestep the norm and produce a lesser-known show. Such was the case with Centerpoint Legacy Theatre’s choice to present Stephen Schwartz’s...

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Olio saves Desert Star’s PROVOCOP from danger

MURRAY — Let’s just get it out there: though I’ve enjoyed Desert Star productions in the past, their current production, ProvoCop, is not a show I want to see again. But as any former patron of the playhouse can tell you, the play isn’t the only performance of the night. After ProvoCop comes the Prom Night Olio, a skit and song musical review focusing on—you guessed it—the prom. The humor (I believe I snorted at least twice) and chemistry of the actors during the Prom Night Olio was a direct contrast to the flat, drawn-out, and frankly boring ProvoCop...

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Have a blast at CPT’s FOREVER PLAID

CENTERVILLE — I had the opportunity to watch Forever Plaid for the first time at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre on Wednesday of its opening week. Though I was not blown away by the underlying material, the performances were overall solid and the show was definitely a fun experience. First, a little background. Forever Plaid is a musical revue written by Stuart Ross, featuring the barbershop quartet-style men groups of the 1950’s. Though the tone of the musical is light overall, it begins with the death of the four men in the barbershop group, “The Plaids.” The show fast forwards fifty-plus years to...

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Studio 115’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD entertains and enlivens

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s refreshing as a reviewer to be able to see a show that doesn’t often grace our Utah stages. I don’t really mind seeing Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat or The Music Man yet again, but watching a new or less-produced show is always a nice change . I thus went into Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead with fresh excitement and hope that it was a well-done production. Studio 115 delivered. The play focuses on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor, forgettable characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In an interesting play-within-a-play setup—Tom Stoppard’s work...

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