Author: Melanie Parry

Great cast, mediocre script in UNDER CONSTRUCTION

CEDAR CITY — Under Construction by local theatre artist Peter Sham is a fun and energetic musical about the people most audiences never think about in the theatre: the set construction crew.  They build things and make repairs and keep things ship shape, but when we’re watching a finished production they’ve already done their work and we forget all about them.  So here’s a musical all about those hard-working crews who make plays possible. The show features a crew of four construction workers who become the live band for the impromptu musical.  The foreman of the crew joins the theatre manager,...

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Neil Simon Festival’s NOISES OFF fails to impress

CEDAR CITY — Noises Off by Michael Frayn is hailed as one of the funniest farces ever written. Unfortunately, the production currently at the Neil Simon Festival did not live up to the hype. It’s an incredibly difficult play to pull off successfully and smoothly, and this one didn’t quite make it. Noises Off is about a company of players putting on the fictional play Nothing On.  The first act is the dress rehearsal that isn’t going as well as it should.  For the second act, the entire set is turned around and the audience sees opening night from backstage....

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Real people in a real family on stage in BROADWAY BOUND

CEDAR CITY — Broadway Bound by Neil Simon is a story of dreams.  Whether those dreams are chased or forgotten or abandoned or sacrificed or lived, they shape and mold and direct those who have them. The story of Broadway Bound is narrated by Eugene Jerome, played by Trevor Messenger in this production. He and his older brother Stanley (played by Christopher Whiteside) are young aspiring comedy writers with big dreams of fame, fortune and girls. Eugene is lighthearted and carefree, observant and thoughtful.  These are all good qualities for the narrator of a story.  His observations are humorous, though they...

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A charming and exciting CINDERELLA in American Fork

AMERICAN FORK — Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s Cinderella has been a fun tradition for small and community theatres for many years.  Since it was written in 1957, the script has been updated a couple of times, and the most recent update (by Douglas Carter Beane) has added new depth to the story and the characters that make the show much more exciting.  American Fork Community Players presents a fantastic and fresh take on an old classic story.  Interesting for adults and fun and appropriate for children, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a must-see. As the show opens, the audience meets Prince...

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The hilarious COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

LOGAN — Most of us are at least a little bit familiar with William Shakespeare and his work, whether it’s from high school English or from watching modern movies based on his plays. Ten Things I Hate About You, She’s the Man, and The Lion King can be enjoyable, but Shakespeare’s original plays themselves can be intimidating. The archaic language, the many of characters, the historical references, and the sheer length of the plays can be overwhelming. But don’t fret, the Lyric Repertory Company has a production, entitled The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), that condenses all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays...

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