Dealing with LDS cabin fever

The past couple of weeks, a play by Melissa Leilani Larson -- a Mormon writer with a musical name -- has been playing at the Provo Theatre Company. The little theater is not only off Broadway, but more important, it is off campus.

"Standing Still Standing" is a play about many things -- marriage, temptation, friendship and most of the deadly sins. But even though virtually everyone involved is LDS, one thing the play isn't is Mormon. In fact, the topic of religion never comes up.

As I was sipping nonalcoholic champagne and wolfing down cupcakes at the post-play reception, I gave that notion some thought.

After the publication of "Standing for Something," President Gordon B. Hinckley was asked why the president of the LDS Church would write a book that never mentioned the church.

"I wanted to see if it could be done," he said.

But I don't think that was the motive of the young folks of the Provo Theatre Company.

I think they were after something else.

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