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Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013 Season — Quick Review

Melinda Parrett as Ariel in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of The Tempest. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

Melinda Parrett as Ariel in Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of The Tempest. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013 Quick Review

One of my side jobs is writing theater reviews. And I just happen to live in the same town as one of the premiere Shakespeare festival’s in the country. Utah Shakespeare Festival has won a few awards for their amazing theater experience. Every July, I get to attend what I call theater week with the rest of the regional media to check out the new season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. This year I personally saw four plays in three days. Talk about overindulging on one of my favorite things. I didn’t make it to all six plays of their plays, yet. I do write full reviews for my Southern Utah review site but I thought I would share a few thoughts on what I have seen so far this season for those who are traveling to Cedar City for a little summer theater.

What I saw:

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Peter and The Starcatcher

The Tempest

Anything Goes

My number one favorite so far?

Definitely Peter and the Starcatcher — Clever story, side splitting funny, contemporary play (as in it is only a little over a year old and straight from Broadway.) I do caution that although this play is the back story for Peter Pan and some other well known characters (like Hook) it may not be great for younger children. It has some language. Innuendoes, too (although they are not blatant enough that younger children should understand). I just think this play appeals to the pre-teen and teen crowd and up. But I loved it and will be returning to see it again.

Love’s Labour’s Lost was classic Shakespeare romantic comedy. Funny in parts, slow in others but superb acting and set. It is a good Shakespeare play for those who are just getting exposed to Shakespeare. The plot line is really easy to follow. A bunch of guys fall in love with a bunch of girls and the silliness and gender wars begin.

Anything Goes – Amazing choreography by the USF’s rising star Rhett Guter. I thought it was funny, playful and light. However, there are plenty of sexual innuendos in this one about a bunch of characters on board a cruise ship in the 1920s. Probably not appropriate for young kids. This is the Festival’s musical this year. It just happened to be my husband’s favorite so far.

The Tempest- I love the story of the Tempest and I really think the story line appeals to kids. It is a magical story about revenge, forgiveness and love. I was a little disappointed with the production. I had ridiculously high expectations. Every other review I have seen seems to think it was downright amazing. And there were some really cool parts and the leads brought a personal interpretation to their roles that I really appreciated. I just expected more.

12 Angry Men — I did not see this one but it is getting rave reviews from EVERYONE.

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  1. Rachael Herrscher 07/16/2013 at 6:51 am

    Love this! I’ve got to make my way to the festival this year!

  2. Carrie Finlinson 07/17/2013 at 5:50 am

    Thank you for this family friendly summary of what is playing right now! We like to come every year and I now know what to get tickets for! What about “Millie” at Tuachan? Have you been to that yet? Thanks–Carrie

    • Rachelle Hughes 08/09/2013 at 4:00 pm

      Carrie I just saw this sorry. I have not been to Millie. I did go to Mary Poppins. Great for kids. Not as visually spectacular as the Disney productions of years past but excellently cast. The leads are great.