At the end of every year at UTBA we collect our members’ thoughts on the excellent shows they have seen that year. And for the fifth year in a row, it is clear that the Utah theatre scene is vibrant, with entertainment options available for patrons of all types. Below are the shows that stick out in our reviewers minds as 2015 draws to a close. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions Who would have thought that a farce written in the 1890’s would still be belly-aching funny 120 years later? The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s take on Charley’s Aunt was phenomenal all around:...Read More
CENTERVILLE — There is something unavoidably self-referential about The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Watching a community theatre production of a play about producing a play that involves herding large numbers of children on and off the stage in the right combination and sequence always makes me wonder to what degree fiction and reality have coincided. Moreover, Barbara Robinson’s 1982 stage adaptation of her own 1971 book is such a fixture of the season that, in its more than thirty years of production history in community, church, and educational venues, many a parent has doubtless reacted much like Mr. Bradley in...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Early in Outside Mullingar, the elderly Irish farmer Tony Reilly complains that his son, Anthony, “draws no strength from the land.” Yet, by the conclusion of this lyrical, understated play, it becomes clear that their farm, which has been in the family for over a hundred years, has every bit as much of a hold on the inhibited Anthony as it ever did his father. Outside Mullingar, the most recent work by John Patrick Shanley, best known for his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, enjoyed a well received, limited run on Broadway early last year. In its...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Animal Farm, based on George Orwell’s 1945 novella of the same name, spins a fable inspired by the Russian revolution of 1917 and its descent into Stalinism. From a contemporary vantage point, however, the tale easily transcends its original context to serve as a satirical critique of human nature and the development of authoritarian systems of control, whatever their ideological underpinnings. The University of Utah’s thoughtful, pessimistic production at the Babcock Theatre, directed by Jamie Rocha Allan, privileges this more universal interpretation by using masks to characterize not just the animals, but the humans as well. Set on a farm in rural England, the plot centers around an animal revolt and the expulsion of their human oppressors. Led chiefly by the pigs Snowball (Kate Lanphier) and Napoleon (Cody V. Thompson), the animals soon establish their own regime around the principles of “animalism” and agree on a body of laws that boils down to “four legs good, two legs bad.” However, as their egalitarian organization begins to decay, one is tempted to conclude that the animals have been perverted by the human patterns of behavior they begin to emulate. Yet, the production’s use of human masks suggests a subtle, but crucial, difference of interpretation. The masks put the people on the same level as the beasts — portraying them as just another animal species. This transforms the...Read More
PROVO — Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is known for its carnivalesque elements, illustrated by the blurring of social roles that allows a commoner with a donkey’s head to become the lover of the fairy queen. Renaissance Now Theater and Film’s updated version of the show at the Castle Amphitheater took this aspect of the play to another level when the traditional script of theatergoer and performer was turned upside down by a cell phone ringing — not in the audience, but onstage, in the pocket of the donkey-man himself, Nick Bottom. Yet, rather than breaking the theatrical spell, the...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