Author: Tony Porter

THE PRODUCERS shines brightly in Ogden

OGDEN — There are times that a show comes along that you think can’t possibly live up to either memories of past productions or of a production that you have seen previously. You can’t imagine that they have the resources, the talent, or the space to really mount a quality production. But every once in a while, you get that wonderful experience of seeing a show that so outshines your expectations that you can’t believe your good fortune.  Such is the case with The Ziegfeld Theater’s The Producers. In this show, a down and out producer conceives a plan to find...

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A very shaky FIDDLER ON THE ROOF from Windstorm

MURRAY — Fiddler on the Roof is arguably one of the best known and loved Broadway musicals ever since its premiere in 1964. The 1971 film adaptation added to the musical’s renown, and it is one of the most popular musicals in Utah. Windstorm Theater Company brings their new production of this musical to Murray High School. I only wish it had lived up to these expectations. The familiar story, based on stories by Sholem Aleichem, tells of a Russian Jewish village, Anatevka, and the lives of a dairyman, Tevye, and his family. The trials of Tevye and his family...

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MAGNA — The Addams Family started as a single panel comic in the New Yorker magazine drawn by Charles Addams, was later adapted to a television show, an animated cartoon, several movies, and finally to this musical adaptation. The Empress Theater in Magna is one of the first companies to produce this in Utah since the rights have been released to amateur companies. And they do a fine job. In this adaptation, the Addams family faces a struggle: Wednesday Addams, the normally dark and dour daughter has fallen in love with the relatively normal Lucas Beineke. The families are scheduled...

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CenterPoint’s ODD COUPLE is full of laughs, but lacks emotion

CENTERVILLE — Neil Simon has long been considered a master playwright, with many highly successful Broadway shows and numerous film scripts to his credit.  One of the most famous of these is The Odd Couple, a highly successful and long running comedy about two recently divorced friends who end up living together.  It had a very successful run on Broadway in the 1960’s, was made into a film, and later into a hit TV show.  It is probably the best known of Simon’s works and a staple for community theaters, and one of my favorite plays.  The current production at Centerpoint...

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8 brief plays tonight at UVU’s SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE

OREM – For the twelfth year in a row, Utah Valley University is presenting their Short Attention Span Theatre, and evening of eight 10-minute plays written, directed, and starring UVU students.  Their subtitle this year, “If you don’t like this one, wait ten minutes!” was descriptive of the evening of short plays in the intimate Exbox Theater.  I must admit that there were a couple of gems, but it seemed a fairly uneven program. God is Great, by Jared Bridegan The first play of the evening was a play with some promise that failed to deliver on the potential. ...

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