Author: Tony Porter

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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A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS delights at BYU

PROVO – A Man For All Seasons is one of those plays that I’ve known about of all my life, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen. I was aware of the movie growing up, and probably saw parts of it at various times, but don’t remember ever seeing the whole thing. I’d learned about this time in British history in school, and read several books about the time period, but somehow I had never seen Robert Bolt’s play. I now know what I have been missing all these years.   BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts has...

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Come and play on AVENUE Q

SALT LAKE CITY — It is always an interesting experience entering the Babcock Theater at the University of Utah.  This space has a long history of hosting some of the most intriguing, varied and unique theater experiences. I have had some of my most memorable theatrical experience in that venue, both amazingly wonderful and horrendously unforgettable.  Therefore, I expected that same level of innovation in Avenue Q, one of the most intriguing musicals of the past decade.  However, for such a boundary-pushing musical, this production plays it too safe. Avenue Q is an adult, “real world” skewering of Sesame Street. ...

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SEE HOW THEY RUN is fun farce

LEHI — Farce is perhaps the hardest form of comedy to pull off correctly.  It requires precise timing, clear delivery of lines and willing suspension of disbelief by not only the audience, but also the actors on stage.  When done poorly, it can be painful to watch, but when everything clicks it is one of the best evenings you can have in a theater.  Lehi Arts Council’s current production of Philip King’s See How They Run may not be perfect, but it much closer than most community theaters ever come. The play is set shortly after the end of...

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA is good summer Shakespeare

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah seems to have a love affair with Shakespeare. Between the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the annual Shakespeare at Pioneer Theatre Company and Grassroots Shakespeare Company, Utah can’t seem to get enough of the Bard of Avon. Ushering in its 19th year, Salt Lake Shakespeare presents Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of Shakespeare’s comedies. Considered by most to be one of his first plays, and by some to be one of his weakest, it was nonetheless a fun production of a lesser performed work. Two Gentlemen tells the story of Proteus and Valentine, best friends from childhood....

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