Author: Julia Shumway

People Productions presents GROUNDED

SALT LAKE CITY – The room is pitch dark, and the only sound is “Every Breath you Take,” by The Police. Turning up the lights offers little more for the eyes: The theater at Sugar Space Arts Warehouse is painted black, the floor and walls serving as a flat canvas for the imagination. Once the music dims, a woman in camouflage Air Force fatigues takes center stage and begins to deliver a monologue. She, billed only as “The Pilot,” in People Production’s Grounded, is a present day American Air Force pilot stationed in the Middle East. She has worked...

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Hale Center Orem’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a jolly holiday tradition

OREM — Each year, Hale Center Theater Orem produces its original adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (music and lyrics by Cody Hale). This adaptation intersperses the classic story with familiar Christmas carols, resulting in a version where the emotion and significance of each carol is highlighted by the action on stage as the music drives the action forward. Of course, A Christmas Carol is the story of how Ebeneezer Scrooge, a cruel miser who is indifferent to the needs of other human beings, is taught compassion by three Christmas ghosts. In the course of one night these spirits show...

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SLAC’s TRIBES communicates beautifully

SALT LAKE CITY — Billy has just graduated from college and moved back in with his parents. Lulls in their careers have brought his older brother and sister back to the family home as well, filling the walls with a constant stream of laughter, bickering, storytelling, and music. Whether you’ve ever moved back home or simply visited for holidays, we’ve all experienced the strange mix of stress and nostalgia that comes with getting the whole family under one roof. The same arguments and jokes repeat themselves, often with little metamorphosis, no matter how many years pass. For Billy, going...

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Plan-B Theatre breathes life into THE KREUTZER SONATA

SALT LAKE CITY — Within a dim spotlight, a violinist (Kathryn Eberle) and pianist (Jason Hardink) play Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata. The stage holds naught but the two musicians, their instruments, and a backdrop of three translucent screens. The musicians’ expressive style emanates from their posture, expressions, and the beautiful melody they weave together. Moments earlier, the play’s nameless protagonist, portrayed by Robert Scott Smith, exclaimed that no one could truly understand his history without first hearing the sonata that drove him to murder his wife. Smith then left the audience to listen to—and build their own impressions of—The Kreutzer Sonata....

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CAESAR’S BLOOD left me eager to bleed him some more

CEDAR CITY — In November 1864, just weeks after Abraham Lincoln’s reelection, John Wilkes Booth and his two brothers, Edwin and Junius, gave an acclaimed performance of Julius Caesar in New York City. In his day, John Wilkes Booth was considered the handsomest man in America and the second-most accomplished actor in the country, upstaged only by his older brother Edwin. That evening was famous in its day for uniting a famous family who were divided, like the rest of the country, over slavery and the war between the Union and the Confederacy. John’s commitment to the Confederacy is now...

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