In the fall semester of 1983, while attending the University of Notre Dame, I took an acting class taught by Julie Jensen. While I was an admittedly unremarkable student, Jensen was down-to-earth, intelligent, and popular. The following semester, Jensen’s three-woman play “Kitchen Gothic” ma…

Idaho State University’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” certainly knows how to set a mood. As you walk into the theater, you’re greeted by the sound of a six-piece band playing Christmas classics, and it goes down like a cup of hot chocolate on a snowbound day. …

POCATELLO — Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts will present the family show “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” on Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., with two matinees Saturday and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Bistline Theatre in the Stephens Perform…

Pocatello’s theater scene is as lively as ever. November begins with Old Town Actors Studio’s production of “Last Lists of My Mad Mother,” directed by Eric Seuss. The play, a “drama with humor” by Julie Jensen, is an unflinching portrayal of the relationship between a parent with Alzheimer’s…

REXBURG — Students will perform for the first time at Brigham Young University-Idaho, "The Winter’s Tale," a play adaptation of William Shakespeare. Opening Wednesday and running through Nov. 2, the Department of Theater and Dance will perform the classic play in the Snow Drama Theatre in Rexburg. 

The Palace Playhouse, with its chandeliers, candelabras, green marble and general air of Gothic glamour, is the perfect Pocatello venue for the musical comedy “The Addams Family.” And, of course, there’s no better time of year to be putting on this particular show. “The Addams Family” is bas…

Westside Players closes out their 2019 season with a production of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution.” Adaptations of the acclaimed mystery writer’s works have been mainstays of community theater for decades — and for good reason. Christie’s mystery stories are tightly plotted a…

BLACKFOOT — Combining the “Pirates of the Caribbean” with “Whose Line is it Anyway?” could be a challenging task but not for the cast of the New York City Off-Broadway production of “The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told!” The Blackfoot Performing Arts Center will be presenting this improvi…

Now that fall has officially, uh, fell, many of us parents are trying to find a way to entertain our little ones in the Great Indoors. And what better way is there than the theater, where imaginative play meets the communal experience of art? It sure beats watching the same Disney movie for …

POCATELLO — Who stole Junie B. Jones’ new furry mittens? Who will Handsome Warren pick as his girlfriend? And is “finders keepers losers weepers” really true? Find out the answers to these questions when Old Town Actors Studio presents the delightful production “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook…

POCATELLO — Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts will present the drama “Last Train to Nibroc” on Friday and Saturday and Oct. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bistline Theatre in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

In a generous review by Gerald Nicosia of my hybrid memoir, “Confessions of a Shanty Irishman,” Nicosia mentioned that Irish writers dominated the 20th century in every genre: novels, plays and poetry. Considering the English in the 19th century suppressed the Irish language except for areas…

The Westside Players opened their summer production of “Same Time, Another Year” by Bernard Slade. This is a sequel to “Same Time, Next Year.” This production continues the story of Doris and George after they have been together, as lovers, for numerous years.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is returning to Pocatello on July 19 and 20. Performing on the Idaho State University quad, they are doing two plays — the lesser known “The Merry Wives of Windsor” directed by Marti Lyons and the durable classic, “Henry IV, Part 1” directed by Kevin Asselin.…