Author: Elise Hanson

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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Laughter through tears in Midvale Arts’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS

MIDVALE — In Robert Harling‘s Steel Magnolias, a story about strong, colorful Southern women, one of the main themes, spoken by the character Shelby, “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” The production at Midvale, while having it’s share of good moments, is unfortunately nothing special. The main problem of the show was pace. Lines were dragged out and even dropped, dramatic pauses were perhaps too dramatic, and scene changes took far too long. I couldn’t tell if the root of the problem lay in the direction by Casey Matern, or in the choices...

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Gimme a show like HAIR!

SALT LAKE CITY — The reason live theater is such an enduring and beloved art form is that there is something deeply resonant about shared experience. So powerful is the experience being shared at Kingsbury Hall this winter that it is indeed a shame that the show will only play two nights. Written during one of the most volatile times in American history, Hair (book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music by Galt MacDermot), depicts themes of racial and sexual equality, the drug movement, sexual revolution, environmental destruction, nonviolence, and the anti-Vietnam war peace movement. It has sparked...

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