When Jenna Davies took over ownership of the Palace Theatre, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was the first show on her list. Now, nearing the end of an eventful first year, we’ve finally arrived.

Idaho State University’s theater department kicks off its 2020-2021 season with Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves,” directed by Vanessa Ballam. “The Wolves” tells the story of the titular high-school girls indoor soccer team, chronicling their journey through a challenging season. The team is test…

There’s just something irresistible about ABBA. The mega-hit 1970s Swedish band is one of the biggest success stories in popular music, due in no small part to their catchy earworms like “Dancing Queen.” More than 15 years after the band broke up, there was still enough interest in their mus…

So, what does Pocatello theater look like in the time of COVID? If you were at the opening of "Talley’s Folly" at the Westside Players like I was, it looked like a lot of masks both on the stage and off. Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-character play is set on the banks of the Mi…

Theater, and therefore theater reviews, have been on a bit of a hiatus recently, due to the spread of the coronavirus and the resultant closure of many public institutions. Theater buffs have been eager to get back to what they love best, and one of their first opportunities to do so is Pala…

POCATELLO — Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts will present the family show “Bright Star” the musical on March 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on March 14 at 2 p.m., in the Bistline Theatre at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Palace Theatre’s first show of the year is Dolly Parton’s raucous comedy musical, “9 to 5,” directed by Jenna Davies. While the show is set in the 1970s, the issues it tackles (workers’ welfare and sexual harassment, among others) feel incredibly timely in 2020 America. The Palace has taken …

There’s a reason that Westside Players has been a player (pun not intended, I swear) in the Pocatello community theater scene for 34 years: The folks at The Warehouse deliver consistent quality. I’m pleased to report that “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Travis Hopkins, continues that traditio…

The irreverent comedy “An Act of God” kicks off the new year at Old Town Actors Studio on Jan. 24, 25, 27, 31 and Feb. 1, 3, 7 and 8. This sacrilegious comedy is not for the easily offended, but if you’ve always wondered what a sit down chat with the Almighty might sound like you won’t want …

REXBURG — The BYU Young Ambassadors from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will open the Center Stage Winter 2020 season with their fun, high-energy musical theater performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hart Auditorium, 96 E. Second S. in Rexburg.

Famed dramatist Anton Chekhov is perhaps best known in the United States for the concept of Chekhov’s Gun: the idea that every element of a story should be essential. In other words, if a writer puts a gun on the mantelpiece in act one, that gun should go off before the end of the show. This…

Confession time: I haven’t watched “It’s a Wonderful Life.” That is to say, I haven’t watched the 1946 classic film starring Jimmy Stewart, which has evolved into something of a Christmas tradition here in the United States. I know, I know — it’s practically required viewing. I just haven’t …

REXBURG — Running now through Dec. 6, more than 70 Brigham Young University-Idaho students — including designers, four rotating actors and a variety of technicians — will combine their efforts and expertise to produce "Talley’s Folly."

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…