A guitar, a banjo, maybe a piano, and the brightest, funniest, loveliest and most lasting from Marvin Payne's hundreds of songs. A sweet time together.
"There are no facades with Marvin Payne. He is a down-to-earth, powerful performer, broadening his audience's sense of purpose and enjoyment." --Tradewinds Magazine
"Warm as a quilt, colorful as a rainbow." --Olga Milius, Eagle Newspapers
"Creating onstage an emotional connection audiences long for and seldom find." --Nancy Melich, Salt Lake Tribune
"There is little doubt that Marvin's 'ship' is one that is steered by the rudder of Christ's truths and principles." -- Dale Van Atta, The New Era
The lights dim, the old muslin map unrolls, and the theatre seems to smell of sage, thunder, and gunpowder as the man in the tall boots steps forward across the years to tell his story. Marvin Payne, as pioneer scout John Brown, a role he played all through the pioneer sesquicentennial year in the play "The Trail Of Dreams," weaves together true and tender tales with a rackety banjo song that recalls the sounds that echoed along the pioneer trail in his one-man show "Trailsong." There were seventy-thousand Mormon pioneers, and seventy-thousand colors of heartbreak, joy, and laughter. John Brown remembers. Old and young, bring your imaginations!
Spend an evening with legendary J. Golden Kimball, the most talked-about church authority since Jonah was regurgitated onto the beach. James Arrington crafted this hilarious and touching one-man show from the colorful words of J. Golden himself.
"The Planemaker" is a magical musical story designed to re-awaken childhood's dreams, played live by gifted writer, actor, and storyteller Marvin Payne.
Critically acclaimed in performances across the nation, "The Planemaker" is about a small boy, Lucas Lightbrow, who dreams that he can fly, maybe even out to the stars. Two joys consume his young life--courting lovely Amy Fletcher and building wild flying machines out of other people's junk--but his planes won't fly, and he loses Amy at the birth of their only child. Lucas sends his son to be raised by city relatives, tends his farm alone, and gets old and empty in an uncaring world. Then his mysterious grandson comes to visit, finds the forgotten planes, and brings the old man's dream to life again, sending him finally on a breathtaking celestial flight back to his beloved Amy. It's been called "the most unbelievable story you'll ever believe in." Story and songs were written by Payne and partner Guy Randle.
Marvin Payne blends the skill acquired in the creation of fourteen albums of his original songs, writing for several internationally-known artists, and acting in a broad range of plays and films to make this one-man stage fantasy fly.
"Planemaker" soars with wit and sensitivity. Payne has an unusual ability to communicate feelings, whether it be with his expressive eyes, his excellent timing in delivering lines, or his vocals. The script requires Payne to bounce back and forth between the roles, but bounce he does not. The transitions are more like the smooth, quiet meshing of gears. He is on the stage for nearly 90 minutes non-stop, and the audience's attention is riveted to this master storyteller.
--Laurie Williams Sowby, Deseret News