A Utah Theater Review by David Henry
The Echo Theatre in Provo put on another quality production with The Turn of the Screw, written by Henry James, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Jeffrey Lee Blake. The addition of other short plays before the main feature were a great primer for The Turn of the Screw, and they included Buried, by C.L. Julander, Alone and …And She Smiled, both by Jeffrey Lee Blake. Impeccable acting brought all of these stories to life, and a genuine creepiness that alternately made me smile or made my skin crawl.
The first play was Buried, by C. L. Julander, in which Elizabeth, played by Hailey Nebeker, is a mother seeking to flee her marriage to Daniel (David Lassetter). An eagerly in love Jacob (Chris Bentley) stands waiting to provide her escape. When the couple is confronted by Daniel, secrets start to come out about the children supposed to join them in their flight, and the fragile mental state of Elizabeth. This was very well written, with an interesting twist, and superbly acted. Hailey was chaotic in her emotions, and leant a real sense of urgency and desperation to her character. Chris was very genuine as Jacob, and made his character believable. David took a character who seemed one dimensional at first, and showed us many sides of his character and emotions. Overall this was an excellent piece, and started the night off perfectly. Continue reading