COMEDY OF ERRORS strikes gold

Aaron Galligan-Stierle (left) as Dromio of Syracuse, Drew Shirley as Antipholus of Ephesus, Chris Amos as Antipholus of Syracuse, and Misha Fristensky as Dromio of Ephesus in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of The Comedy of Errors. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — Mistaken identity runs rampant in Shakespeare‘s The Comedy of Errors,  a farcical romp that is given new life in director Brad Carroll‘s wild west interpretation of this comedic favorite. When Egeon of Syracuse is given news of his impending death for reasons of trespassing upon Ephesus soil, a law enacted against those of […]

SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR asks fascinating questions

Six Characters in Search of an Author 2 - Westminster Theatre Society

SALT LAKE CITY — In 1921, Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello premiered Six Characters in Search of an Author. It was a curious piece of theatre unlike anything his audiences were familiar with. The initial performance was met with great controversy, and the author himself forced to exit the theatre through a side-door to prevent those in […]

WV Hale’s ARSENIC AND OLD LACE slays audiences with laughter

Chris Brown as Abby Brewster and Melany Wilkins as Martha Brewster.

WEST VALLEY CITY — Black comedy unfurls in fine form on the West Valley Hale’s stage, with it’s latest production of Joseph Kesselring‘sArsenic and Old Lace. Set in the 1940′s Brooklyn, this story focuses on the “charitable” acts of two kindly old women, known by all for their selflessness and sweetness.However, there is the very macabre […]

LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE: an exciting immersive play for kids

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse 2 - Utah Valley University

OREM — Children’s literature translates in vibrant style to UVU’s Noorda Stage in their most recent production, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, directed by John Newman. Lilly is a mouse with headstrong personality, loud and audacious, with an endearing tendency to proclaim herself as” Queen of the World.” She nudges herself into friendships, defends the weak from […]

An innovative, but incoherent ROMEO & JULIET

Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Gary Oakeson.

SALT LAKE CITY — Romeo and Juliet, as penned by William Shakespeare, remains a constant of theater performance, attempted by many theatrical devotees and presented in a variety of lenses. The historic nature of true love, destroyed by the prideful hostility of parents, holds a certain resonance that speaks to audiences today. And while the words […]

UVU’s CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is a strong introduction to epic theatre

Show closes February 1, 2014.

OREM — Bertolt Brecht sought to evoke social change with his plays, the content of which often broached political subjects. Brectht is best known today for what he called “epic theatre,” his provocative revision in the presentation of theater, which stripped performance of its usual tokens and replaced the art form with a daring call to […]

Have a carefree night of entertainment at THE FOREIGNER

Brandon Green as Ellard Simms and Tanya Radebaugh as Betty Meeks in The Foreigner at Hale Centre Theatre.

WEST VALLEY CITY — There’s a difficult balance in the nature of comedy—striking the elevated levels of humor, while allowing the resonance of serious moments to properly take effect. I was wholly impressed by Hale Centre Theatre’s The Foreigner‘s ability to do just that. The tone struck by the play really is quite silly, and I’ll […]

THE UNEXPECTED GUEST a thrilling delight

Show closes October 26, 2013.

PROVO — Agatha Christie’s classic murder-mystery hits the Covey stage, and to resoundingly great effect. The action begins in the midst of a foggy night, when stranger Michael Starkwedder stumbles into a manor home and finds the body of Richard Warwick. Intrigue abounds as the wife of the deceased, Laura Warwick, takes stalwart blame for the […]

AS YOU LIKE IT? Almost… but still a funny show

Photo by Deanne Rutledge Jones.

MAGNA — As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, tells the story of political intrigue, founded by Duke Frederick’s ousting of his brother, Duke Senior. Senior’s daughter Rosalind is permitted to stay at court, a privilege of being best friend to the Frederick’s daughter Celia—however Rosalind is quickly banished when news of her affections for one […]

Egyptian Theatre’s EVITA falters technically, but features strong performances

Evita - Egyptian Theatre

PARK CITY — Evita, as presented by the Egyptian Theater, tells the story of former Argentinian first lady Eva Perón. From humble origins, to a B-film star, to her slow manipulation into the political realm, Evita crafts an intricate tale of this infamous woman’s life. Co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical encompasses […]