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Direction, rock concert setting unravel 'Dreamcoat'

During much of Super Summer Theatre/Stage Door Productions' "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," I had to resist the urge, despite the excellent cast, to stand up and yell to the skies, "Just what do you people think you're doing?" First...

Unconvincing performances undermine Onyx's 'Next Fall'

"Next Fall" is the kind of play you can't help but get emotionally involved in. An extended family is living through a life-and-death situation while flashbacks give us the details of their relationships. The people are sometimes emotionally vicious...

Little Theatre's 'Trailer Park' defies cheap formula

I may be exaggerating a bit, but it seems Vegas theater reviews are getting easier to write. First, you complain about the simple material, the jokes about the ignorant South or the backwoods lowlifes. You then wonder if there's anything new out...

Director's heavy hand sinks Super Summer's 'Oliver!'

Super Summer Theatre's "Oliver!" had the potential to be a good show, but director Jeynifer Tribbitt has gotten in the way. The British National Theatre of America production starts with a patriotic song - as if the sad tale of an orphan boy was in...

'Old West Musical Revue' surprisingly well-performed

I headed to Bonnie Springs Ranch with some trepidation. After all, this was a small place in the middle of nowhere with a museum, a zoo, a saloon, a restaurant, a motel, picnic areas and a mini-train ride. What were the chances that a musical...

Leaders sadly uninteresting in 'Mary Stuart'

From the first moments of Utah Shakespeare Festival's "Mary Stuart," the production feels out of whack. In Peter Oswald's new version of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 classic, the opening scene involves an older servant (Leslie Brott) objecting to a...

Energetic direction refreshes 'Mockingbird'

Utah Shakespeare Festival's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is such a riveting courtroom drama that I had forgotten I already knew, from previous viewings, how it ended. Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of...

Director balances blood, emotion in 'Titus'

In Utah Shakespeare Festival's production of the Bard's "Titus Andronicus," tongues are cut out, arms severed, hands go missing, necks are slashed, children are eaten, and, of course, heads are decapitated. But director Henry Woronicz somehow...

Wonderfully acted 'Wives of Windsor' packed with laughs

The Utah Shakespeare Festival's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" reminds us that you don't need a complicated farcical plot to create a nonstop evening of laughs. Peter Amster's take on this blissful nonsense is clean, superbly acted and visually...

'Les Miserables' disappointingly mediocre

Utah Shakespeare Festival's "Les Miserables" is an adequate production, which is to say, inadequate to one's hopes. This sung-through musical about the turbulent early 1800s prior to the French Revolution is a mediocre tale of unrelenting angst. But...

If Onyx can do opera, it can do anything

The Onyx Theatre, which used to be perhaps the most active single-stage playhouse in town, has been unusually quiet lately. At one time, it was difficult for the most passionate buffs among us to keep track of which show was playing when, and at...

'Crazy for You' leading man proves a true triple threat

In Super Summer Theatre/P.S. Productions' "Crazy for You" at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, director Phillip Shelburne has taken delicious nonsense and turned it into a celebration of musical comedy tradition. Wonderful voices, inspired acting,...

'King John' misses the mark - much too loudly

In Insurgo's "The Life and Death of King John," founder John Beane doesn't act the title role; he shoots up on it. From the first moment we see him, he's glassy-eyed, wide-eyed, cockeyed and binge drunk. This might be fine if he were playing Norman...