Humdrum SHREK in Cottonwood Heights

Shrek the Musical - Cottonwood Heights Arts Council

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — It’s difficult to review community theatre fairly because the reviewer has to make concessions for the limitations of this sort of show: a company’s non-professional cast and crew, a small budget, and rehearsing in a borrowed space. But Cottonwood Heights’ production of Shrek begs the question, where should UTBA draw the line between a […]


The Fisherman and His Wife - BYU

PROVO — The Fisherman and His Wife is a participatory play written by Larry and Vivian Snipes. Based on the Grimms’ fairytale, it’s the story of a poor fisherman and his wife, Isabel, who is unhappy with their meager existence. Every day the fisherman goes out to the sea, and every day Isabel tends the […]

Much to love in minimalist MUCH ADO from London at BYU

Show plays in Utah through September 27, 2014.

PROVO — Nearly every theatre company has done Shakespeare. I’ve seen more high-concept, modernized, stripped-down, period-swapping, gender-bending shows than I can count. And it’s scientific fact that a new production of Hamlet is mounted every 30 seconds. (Read: no, it isn’t.) So how to make a 500-year-old play that’s been done to death fresh and entertaining? Actors from the London Stage […]

The SPITFIRE GRILL serves up some fine performances

Show closes October 29, 2012.

PLEASANT GROVE — There’s a room in the basement of the Pleasant Grove library that’s been converted into a tiny theater.  There are maybe eight rows of seats, the ceiling is about ten feet high, and the stage is probably wide enough to stand seven people along its edge.  Kathryn and Howard Little have chosen the […]

ANNIE gets lost in the crowd

Show closes July 16, 2012.

ALPINE — Annie, as we all know, is the endearing story of an extraordinarily optimistic red-headed orphan who smiles her way into a rich man’s heart.  Together, the lonely billionaire and the lonely girl discover what it is to be family.  It is a charming, albeit campy, little show, and it’s easy to see why family-oriented Alpine […]

Let Dark Horse Entertain You

PARK CITY — I have long been under the impression that Gypsy is one of those musicals that appeals largely to theatre people who can understand its showbiz heartbreak overtones on an intimate level, but the production of this iconic musical at the Egyptian Theater made me realize that Gypsy is applicable to everyone.

Desert Star gives us Hogwarts Reunion

MURRAY — I am a huge Harry Potter nerd.  I have all six films, multiple copies of each of the seven books, the audio recordings, games, T-shirts, buttons, supplemental literature, and in 2007 I went to Canada for a convention.  So when I heard about Desert Star Theater’s Welcome Back Potter, I was weary of […]

Mullets and Mayhem at “Trailer Park Musical”

  The Great American Trailer Park Musical is just that – a great American musical about the goings on at a trailer park. Park City’s Dark Horse Company Theatre brought Armadillo Acres and its residents to irreverent life in this ninety-odd-minute, intermission-free romp.