Author: russwarne

Be comforted (but not wowed) by Covey Center’s PLAID TIDINGS

PROVO — In a crowded time of the theatre season, the Covey Center for the Arts has chosen a show that distinguishes itself from a sea of Christmas Carol productions: Plaid Tidings. This jukebox musical uses the smooth sounds of the 1950’s in an attempt to bring Christmas joy to audience members. In Plaid Tidings, the four members of the Plaids—an all-male group of crooners—are allowed to come back to earth to do a show. Their careers (and lives) tragically cut short by an automobile accident, the men are thrilled to be on stage again to entertain an audience. If...

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A meandering journey to THE MILL ON THE FLOSS

PROVO — For those who find the title of The Mill on the Floss strange, it is important to know that the center of the main character’s life is her family’s mill. Situated on the River Floss (in northern England), the play tells a  story of country life in the mid-1800’s. The Mill on the Floss is adapted from the George Eliot novel of the same name. The story follows Maggie Tulliver from childhood into adulthood as she learns to find a place for herself. When the play begins, Maggie is an untamed, wild spirit, and she bristles up against...

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Call on the Orem Hale for HELLO, DOLLY!

OREM — Dolly Levi is back where she belongs: on the Hale Center Theater stage in Orem. One of the last great musicals of the golden age of Broadway, Hello, Dolly! is composer and lyricist Jerry Herman‘s best known work, and it gets an excellent production that even the meddling Dolly would have difficulty improving. Hello, Dolly! tells the story of the widowed Dolly Gallagher Levi who is completing a lengthy mourning period after the death of her husband, Ephraim. Chief among her goals is to find a second husband for herself. Her target: the wealthy “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Meanwhile, Horace’s...

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Put SCERA’s NOISES OFF on your calendar

OREM — One of the most enduring farces in modern theatre is Noises Off. Playing in the early 1980’s on the West End and Broadway, and revived on the Great White Way about every 15 years, Noises Off is a staple of theatre companies throughout the United States. And it’s easy to see why: the play is cleverly structured and full of nearly every type of humor, including slapstick, situational comedy, sight gags, and more. This crowd pleaser is on stage right now at the SCERA Center for the Arts in a production that frequently reminds audience members why...

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A joyous and lively COMEDY OF ERRORS at UCT

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Every August the Utah Children’s Theatre produces a Shakespeare Festival for Kids and Adults with Short Attention Spans. Ever since I discovered this annual event, I have selfishly assigned myself to review these productions. Shows like this year’s Comedy of Errors are why I keep coming back to this hidden gem of a theatre festival. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of twins, one pair named Antipholus and one pair named Dromio. The Dromios are servants to the Antipholuses, but each set of brothers has been separated by a shipwreck many years before...

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