Author: Elise Hanson-Barnett

The Grand Theatre’s NOISES OFF is a laugh riot

SALT LAKE CITY — As a reviewer, it is a delight to see a show so well-executed in every aspect–in set design, in acting, in directing, in lighting and sound and costuming–that one’s only challenge at that point is to try and refrain from gushing. I will strive to do my best in this review of the Grand Theatre’s Noises Off!. Noises Off! is the story of a cast of actors who perform in the fictional play Nothing On. Quite frankly, Nothing On is not good, and tensions form among the cast members and stage hands. As the interpersonal difficulties...

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IT’S A WONDROUS LIFE: a cheerful take on a classic story

SALT LAKE CITY — The Off Broadway Theatre knows how to do the holidays. From the moment I walked into the meticulously and aesthetically decorated lobby, opulent despite its small size, I knew I was in a different and very calming universe, a place that feels like home and a winter wonderland all at once. The stage, too, despite simple drops and a minimal hard set, was beautiful. A white archway with dangling curtains of sparkling turquoise was the main focal draw at several points in the show, and I applaud Eric Jensen for his ability to make special things...

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GETTING OUT: An immersing story of reinvention

SALT LAKE CITY — Getting Out tells the story of a woman named Arlene who is on parole following her second stint in prison for the second-degree murder of a cab driver. She is a largely uneducated woman from Kentucky, a victim of an abusive childhood and an impoverished adulthood. Her time spent as a prostitute has hardened her and also given her a child, with whom she hopes to reunite. As the play opens, a warden’s voice comes over the loudspeaker, announcing Arlene’s parole. Arlene is led out by two prison guards, and then released. Next, we see...

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Fun and games with Utah Repertory Theater’s WHAT THE BELLHOP SAW

MURRAY — Just a bit of silliness, really. That’s what the farcical play, What the Bellhop Saw (written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore), has to offer. Nothing too outrageous or substantial, but definitely a pleasant diversion for an evening out. The titular character is a bellhop named Wally (Jack Kyle Oram), who arranges for his brother Georgie (James McKinney), to secretly stay in a room in his hotel for an assignation with his secretary, Heather (Maddy Belle Forsyth). Unbeknownst to them, however, the room has already been reserved for the famous author Roger Fish (Jason Sullivan), who...

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Hale Centre Theatre serves up classic comedy in NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS

WEST VALLEY CITY — No Time For Sergeants, based on the 1954 novel by Mark Hyman, has been enduringly popular, having been adapted into a teleplay, a comic book series, a television series, a film, and a Broadway play. The production underway at Hale Center Theater is a clear illustration of why this story remains a hit. No Time for Sergeants tells the story of a simple-minded draftee named Will Stockdale (played by Justin Bruse), who joins the armed forces and, through a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and mistakes, ensures a coveted position in the infantry for himself, his best...

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