Author: Maren Scriven

CORIOLANUS provides the chills (and a thoughtful evening)

PROVO — Coriolanus may be William Shakespeare‘s final tragedy.  The story, set in ancient Rome, centers around a city plagued with famine, a soldier who rises in politics, and the pride, politics, and relationships that lead to his eventual downfall.  The current production by the Grassroots Shakespeare Company is directed by Jessamyn Svensson, and stars a wonderful troupe of actors including Chase Grant as Coriolanus, Carlos Nobleza Posas as Aufidius, Elizabeth Golden as Volumnia, Steven Pond as Menenius, Erin Ellis as Cominius, Lucas Buchanan as Sicinius, and Toria Truax-Jones as Brutus. The Grassroots Shakespeare Company is a local touring company that...

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“Pursue the Truth” of a strong production of JEKYLL & HYDE

OGDEN — The classic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, has been brought to life in many ways and many artistic media. In the 1990’s a musical adaptation entitled Jekyll and Hyde was developed with music by Frank Wildhorn, a book by Leslie Bricusse, and lyrics by Wildhorn, Bricusse, and Steve Cuden. The show retells the story of the experiments of a Dr. Henry Jekyll (played by Landon Horton) as he tries to discover away to chemically isolate the evil out of humanity. In doing so, he discovers the true evil...

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES pleases, but seems too familiar

CENTERVILLE — A Tale of Two Cities is a musical adaptation of the famous novel by Charles Dickens that tells of the life and challenges of several people living before and during the French Revolution. This adaptation has a book, music, and lyrics by Jill Santoriello, and the current CenterPoint Legacy Theatre production was directed by Scott Montgomery. The story centers around Dr. Mannette (played by David Weekes), who was captured and tortured for 17 years in France, his daughter Lucie (played by Sarah Jane Watts) and the two men that love her: the honorable French aristocrat  Charles Darnay (played...

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Hopebox’s twist on JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT pays off

OGDEN — Having grown up in Utah and being involved in the theatre community, I often joke that it is not truly summer in Utah unless I have seen a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Tim Rice (lyrics) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (music). So as I walked into the production at the Hopebox Theatre in Kaysville, I was expecting to see the same type of production that I have seen many times. Thanks to some clever twists by director and choreographer Alisha Hall, this production of Joseph was just different enough to be more entertaining, but not alienating....

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¿Good Company’s IN THE HEIGHTS is an ideal night? ¡No me diga!

OGDEN — Before Hamilton was well, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a show called In The Heights about life in the neighborhood of Washington Heights “even farther than Harlem” on the island of Manhattan. The show opened on Broadway in 2008, was awarded the Tony Award for Best Musical, and Miranda’s was born. While the success of Miranda continues, In The Heights was an amazing first venture, the story of immigrants and their children as they try and make their way in the world with the history of their former countries and the country and neighborhood they now call home. The...

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