WEST VALLEY — Is He Dead? is an intriguing historical artifact. Written by legendary write Mark Twain in 1898, it wasn’t until the 2003 that the piece was finally published as a novel. A few years later, David Ives adapted the play for the modern stage and finally mounted the play on Broadway in 2007. In spite of generally positive reviews, the show petered out after a short run of 105 performances. Hale Centre Theatre’s latest production is well produced, but the script displays some flaws that help explain its short run. The play has a promising premise: a french painter, Jean-François...Read More
Author: Brighton Sloan
CEDAR CITY — Long before the Book of Mormon smashed it’s way on to Broadway, there was another religiously themed musical with much more modest origins. Nunsense, a 1985 musical by Dan Goggin, began as a series of greeting cards, and quickly evolved into an entire musical franchise. With a television adaptation, 6 sequels and 3 spin-offs, Nunsense has established itself as one of the most popular niche theatre productions in history. The key word is “niche. “Nunsense is the story of a few habited sisters putting on a variety show to raise money after a cooking accident wiped out...Read More
CEDAR CITY — As a devoted fan of Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, I can’t get enough of backstage comedies. That’s why I couldn’t have been more delighted to see the Neil Simon’s Festival Laughter on the 23rd Floor, a wickedly funny script following a team of comedy writers working during the McCarthy area. Neil Simon’s quick wordplay combined with an excellent cast makes for a near-perfect evening of comic entertainment. The show is told from the perspective of Lucas Brickman (played by Grayson Moulton), a standard nice guy who has just landed his dream job as a temp writer on television’s...Read More
CEDAR CITY — Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics are some of the most beloved of all time. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brownis a musical tribute to the classic story. Like many adaptations, Clark Gesner‘s musical struggles to live up to the source material. While the show boasts some fun numbers, the Neil Simon Festival’s latest production struggles to find cohesion in the episodic script. The show began with the tedious premise that the actors in the show never made it to curtain, so the audience sat for a solid 3 minutes while the music director invited “random” audience members up on stage...Read More
OGDEN — Before the start of the Ziegfeld theater’s Light in the Piazza, the artistic director came on stage and talked a little bit about their mission, which is to raise the bar of community theater quality. While I can’t say that the bar has necessarily needed to be raised (Utah produces some excellent community theater), the Ziegfeld’s Light in the Piazza does not disappoint. The award-winning 2005 musical is, in many ways, a nostalgic romance reminiscent of the golden age of cinema. The show opens on Margaret and Clara, a mother daughter team vacationing in sunlit Florence. They are...Read More
Sneak peek from our #Brigadoon photo shoot yesterday! #scera #scerashell #utahtheatre… https://t.co/lReeDjrLjO
I’m not freaking out. You’re freaking out. #ThirdWheel #firstbook #iwrotethat #viewfromahedgie #UtahTheatre #BCCPr… https://t.co/MClPQQ5lzd
RT @WhitneyButters: Theater review: @UFOMT’s Henry VIII biography ‘Rex’ shows potential #utahtheatre https://t.co/sFJWimBUEQ
Theater review: @UFOMT’s Henry VIII biography ‘Rex’ shows potential #utahtheatre https://t.co/Xn3f40AIrF
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali for @SCERAupdate’s SEUSSICAL:
New #utahtheatre review by @katwebb911 for @HerrimanArts’s THE LITTLE MERMAID:
Hey! That’s my play. And it’s in a book! #ThirdWheel #iwrotethat #utahtheatre #LittleHappySecrets
You guys I CAN’T WAIT for you to read this. From Third Wheel, the new book of plays by @mel_leilani.
Under Construction premier night tonight! #UtahTheatre | The Neil Simon Festival BLOG https://t.co/sHG9WmrZ4X
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @Russwarne for @UtahShakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET, starring @Branffy.
Our 2017-18 after school acting program is now available! #utahchildrenstheatre #utahtheatre #afterschoolprogram… https://t.co/YSaCJiUX7q
Our 2017-18 after school acting program is now available! #utahchildrenstheatre #utahtheatre… https://t.co/UGR3xJlW3Z
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @Russwarne for @UtahShakespeare’s TREASURE ISLAND:
BLACKBIRD opens tonight at @utahrep_theater with Pay-What-You-Can tix! https://t.co/hHvo4S0FXd #SLC #utahtheatre
I’M SO EXCITED. Thanks, @ByCommonConsent. This is all kinds of cool.
#UtahTheatre #newplay #MoLit
@mel_leilani we’re so stoked. What a gorgeous cover. Fitting for plays that completely knocked us out. You rule. Third Wheel is great.
Opening Night for BLACKBIRD at @utahrep_theater https://t.co/oyCVMzw8aq — Tonight is pay what you can tickets! #utahtheatre
Flying SackerCat’s ‘…Train Tracks’ twists and slides and aches and isn’t interested in letting you sit there passively. #utahtheatre
Looks like today is another three review day. If busy reviewers are the price we pay for lots of #utahtheatre options, then that’s ok.
New #utahtheatre review for @UtahShakespeare’s #SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, starring @qbermensch & @Branffy: