Month: June 2014

Long-Time Favorite Characters Brought to Life in The Addams Family at The Empress – And They Sing and Dance!

By Michael Nielsen We’ve seen them in black and white on TV and on the big screen in living color … Now they are seen singing and dancing on stage at The Empress Theatre in Magna, Utah. The story follows the Addams family as their daughter Wednesday falls in love […]

Pinnacle’s Virginia Woolf is Disturbing and Brilliant

  Reviewed by Michael Nielsen Whether you’ve read it, seen the stage play, watched the movie, or none of the above–everyone is aware that WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF is a classic. PINACLE ACTING COMPANY’s production of the Edward Albee work shows us why it is a classic. As a […]

Babcock’s The Last Five Years is Brilliantly Poignant

By Joel Applegate The Last Five Years is a musical meditation on love and disappointment. It begins at the end and it took me down two diverging rails. I hope for reconciliation by the time the last word is written. That’s because the music soars – and so do the […]

Centerpoint’s Odd Couple Is Even a Must See!

By Cindy Whitehair and Perry Whitehair There are some names in theater that define their genre – for dance, it’s Bob Fosse. For musical theater, it’s Andrew Lloyd Weber. For comedies, it’s Neil Simon and the Simon play that everyone knows best is The Odd Couple.  The Odd Couple is […]

Springville’s Fiddler is a “Traditional” Favorite

By Joel Applegate I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the old Fiddler. Fiddler on the Roof has always been one of my favorite musicals because of its realism (within the milieu), its soaring score and a storyline that’s still important for all to know. At least two […]

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Delights Audiences at The Ziegfeld Theater

Reviewed by Michael Nielsen The lights go down and the MAN IN CHAIR (Tim White) prays in the dark, “Dear Lord, please let it be a good show…” And the fun of Musical Theater begins. When the lights DO come up, after a few more insights and thoughts from MAN […]

Witness A Riveting New Play at The Grand Theatre

Written by Joel Applegate I want my ice cream. And television.  Don’t intrude into my life with the details of your injustice. Too much nuance. Too complicated. Even those who are discriminated against will sometimes discriminate against others. Even if it’s their own people.  Can I help that? I don’t […]

SCERA’s Cinderella is Magical and Delightful

By Jennifer Mustoe I admit, I’ve always been kind of a Cinderella fangirl. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t start out a princess and instead is treated unfairly by the world’s meanest stepmother and stepsisters ever, dresses in rags and is befriended by animals. I am not going to share the […]

The Pavillion Is Theatre Magic At Its Best

Written by Eve Speer Silver Summit Theatre Company invited me to see their final dress rehearsal for their upcoming production of The Pavillion. The show opens tonight and runs through June 22. As the dramaturg Brian Powell shares in the program, the play is “a tribute to the form, intention, […]