LOGAN — One hundred and thirty-eight years after its 1879 New York City premiere, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance still retains a prominent place in American popular culture. This is borne out by the many references to it in such diverse contemporary media as Aaron Sorkin-scripted dramas, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, web comics, and even marketing for tentpole animated feature films. Moreover, it is that rare property that can be (and is frequently) produced in almost any venue, from professional opera companies to community theatres—ensuring that it will continue to be a goldmine of allusion, quotation, and parody...Read More
LOGAN — Last summer, in my review of Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre’s Show Boat, I wrote of the disillusionment of returning to a beloved venue from one’s childhood only to face a reality that doesn’t live up to the memories. So I admit I felt some trepidation this year about revisiting another Logan institution: UFOMT’s older and smaller-scale neighbor from around the corner, the Lyric Repertory Company. I was a frequent patron of the Lyric in the ’80s and ’90s, but have not been back in twenty years. However, I am very relieved to report that this...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — If there’s a surprise in store for audiences of Pioneer Theatre Company’s latest production of a show based on a Charles Dickens novel and scheduled in the season’s December slot, it’s that it isn’t called A Christmas Carol. Speaking of surprises, I feel a little caught off guard to find myself throwing out the word “refreshing” to describe such a traditional production of so well known a musical as Lionel Bart’s Oliver!. Perhaps that just goes to show how much context can affect one’s impressions, or perhaps it is a testament to the timeless nature...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — The natural wood and exposed brick of Avenues Yoga on K Street in Salt Lake City provide the ideal setting for Sackerson’s production of Burn, the incisive new play by Morag Shepherd, artfully directed by Dave Mortensen. Beneath designer Alex Ungerman’s array of four large, filtered fixtures that resemble sun lamps, the action unfolds at the center of a complex of improvised benches. Made from the frames of stacking chairs and a few boards, these benches—as if they have sprung up organically out of the hardwood planks beneath the audience’s feet—suggest a tangible connection between watching...Read More
LOGAN — In 1992, I was forced to forego my first opportunity to see a touring Broadway show in Salt Lake City to go to scout camp. To a theatre-obsessed twelve-year-old boy growing up in Brigham City, this was nothing short of an apocalyptic turn of events. I bring this up not only to point out to my parents where they went wrong, but also so you will understand what it meant to me when Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre began its inaugural season in nearby Logan the following year (then sans the “& Musical Theatre”). It was...Read More
NEW #UtahTheatre review by @ATCA_Member @Russwarne for @HCTO’s ANNIE: https://t.co/gMYWto2OLA
“There are many reasons to make the trip to Tuacahn Amphitheater...If you can look past technical elements that seem out of place, there is plenty else to enjoy in this performance.” NEW #UtahTheatre review for @Tuacahn’s MATILDA: https://t.co/usICPANPy6
So excited to start rehearsals for WITH YOU by @MaxHuftalin with @CoC_squad tonight! Yay, theatre! #utahtheatre #gslfringe #newplay #sortashakespeare 🎭🥂🌈
I had WAY too much fun @HCTO's ANNIE. Check out my @UtahTheatreBlog rave review for this fun, optimistic production. #UtahTheatre https://t.co/Ryy8xw4JBD
#audition with @planbtheatreco’s ... OF COLOR - July 14! #utahtheatre
Audition Notice for ...OF COLOR - July 14 https://t.co/Mfzk2Wr5Sn
NEW #UtahTheatre review for @Tuacahn’s MATILDA: https://t.co/usICPANPy6
“The storytelling and character feel of this production will make you soon forget anything else exists. This cast and crew really make you “wish that the world is as lovely as it looks.” NEW #UtahTheatre review for @Tuacahn’s CINDERELLA: https://t.co/l5jhF7Nm23
#intermission at @HCTO's ANNIE. Believe it or not, this is my first time seeing this show on stage. #utahtheatre
I'm at @HCTO for ANNIE. Look for the review later on @UtahTheatreBlog! #utahtheatre
We have a full day! Page to Stage matinee at 1pm, staged reading of a new play at 4pm (free!) And page to stage closing 8! It's an original work feast! #utahtheatre #slctheatre #newplays
“If you are needing a good smile and a pick me up, go see YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN @CPT_Theatre.” NEW #UtahTheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali: https://t.co/VyoMtOGjJC
Today is jam packed! Page to Stage Matinee at 2 pm. New play reading at 4pm (free). Page to Stage closing at 8pm. It's an original work feast!
#utahtheatre #slctheatre #newplays #localwriters
NEW #UtahTheatre review for @Tuacahn’s CINDERELLA: https://t.co/l5jhF7Nm23
NEW #UtahTheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali for @CPT_Theatre’s YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: https://t.co/VyoMtOGjJC
@CityWeekly knows what's up - CANDY & DOROTHY is #ESSENTIAL viewing!!
Pick up a copy now for more info on our limited engagement:)Tickets available online at https://t.co/e34K6TzEYC!!
$5 tickets for opening night. That's TONIGHT. Help us sell out!
#utahtheatre #cobbco #musicaltheatre
THEATRE THURSDAY 🎭
Update on #UtahTheatre shows that have opened in the last week:
•CINDERELLA & MATILDA @Tuacahn
•JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT @terracetheatre
•SHREK THE MUSICAL @SCERAupdate
•YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN @CPT_Theatre
CANDY & DOROTHY opens next week!! Thanks @CityWeekly
https://t.co/rAOS2vB2xh for tix:)
Essentials @CityWeekly A&E picks for June 14-20: @WasatchTheatre1 Page-to-Stage, JERSEY BOYS, @krischandlerese THIEF OF HAPPY ENDINGS and more. https://t.co/OUiBqmixzY
Theatre roundup! 🎭 Saw Machinal at @WestminiTheatre last weekend. So damn good. @KatelynLimber and company knocked it out of the park!
Tomorrow: Macbeth at @PinnacleActing, then Page to Stage on Friday at @WasatchTheatre1. I love this city! #UtahTheatre