CEDAR CITY — For readers’ musical theatre needs, I’ve got the horse right here, and it’s the Utah Shakespeare Festival production of Guys and Dolls. In classical musical comedy fashion, Guys and Dolls tells the story of two romantic couples. Gangster Nathan Detroit has problems in his professional and private life. Professionally, he needs to find a place to host his illegal craps game. Personally, his fiancée of 14 years, Adelaide, is pressuring him to get married. To raise the money to rent a location for his craps game, Nathan places a bet with master gambler Sky Masterson that...Read More
Author: Russell Warne
In my day job as an educational psychologist, I read over 300 scholarly articles and books per year. A lot of these discuss how to raise academic achievement (i.e., grades, test scores) in children. But because of my moonlighting gig as a theatre critic, a new article grabbed my attention. Titled “Does Participation in Music and Performing Arts Influence Child Development?”, the article was written by E. Michael Foster (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Jade V. Marcus Jenkins (University of California, Irvine). Much to the dismay of many UTBA readers, the answer to the article’s title question is “no.”...Read More
OREM — Stories about children growing up and leaving home to become adults will always have a place in family-centered Utah County. Maybe that is why Tarzan, which features two grown children each facing the prospect of creating a new life apart from their parents, is such a hit in Utah County and why Hale Center Theater Orem made it their featured summer show this year. Based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels and the 1999 Disney film, the stage musical Tarzan tells the story of a man who was raised by African gorillas after his parents were shipwrecked and...Read More
OREM — The best sort of musicals are the ones that make me want to put away my critic’s pen and go be in a show. The current production of Hairspray at the SCERA is just this type of show. With of a joyous score (by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman), colorful costumes, and entertaining choreography, it’s not clear whether the audience or the actors are having more fun in this production. Adapted by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan from the 1988 film of the same name, Hairspray tells the story of the Tracy Turnblad, a...Read More
PROVO — One of the oldest stories of high adventure, Jason and the Argonauts has a modern twist on stage as Argonautika plays this month at BYU. Fight scenes, monsters, political intrigue, humor, and a love story make Argonautika a show that has something for everyone. Based on the account of Jason and the Argonauts as recorded by Gaius Valerius Flaccus (translated by David R. Slavitt) and Apollonius Rhodius (translated by Peter Green), Argonautika is an exploration of Greek mythology through the modern lens of playwright Mary Zimmerman‘s imagination. The story follows Jason, a demigod son of Zeus, as he searches for...Read More
Sneak peek from our #Brigadoon photo shoot yesterday! #scera #scerashell #utahtheatre… https://t.co/lReeDjrLjO
I’m not freaking out. You’re freaking out. #ThirdWheel #firstbook #iwrotethat #viewfromahedgie #UtahTheatre #BCCPr… https://t.co/MClPQQ5lzd
RT @WhitneyButters: Theater review: @UFOMT’s Henry VIII biography ‘Rex’ shows potential #utahtheatre https://t.co/sFJWimBUEQ
Theater review: @UFOMT’s Henry VIII biography ‘Rex’ shows potential #utahtheatre https://t.co/Xn3f40AIrF
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali for @SCERAupdate’s SEUSSICAL:
New #utahtheatre review by @katwebb911 for @HerrimanArts’s THE LITTLE MERMAID:
Hey! That’s my play. And it’s in a book! #ThirdWheel #iwrotethat #utahtheatre #LittleHappySecrets
You guys I CAN’T WAIT for you to read this. From Third Wheel, the new book of plays by @mel_leilani.
Under Construction premier night tonight! #UtahTheatre | The Neil Simon Festival BLOG https://t.co/sHG9WmrZ4X
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @Russwarne for @UtahShakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET, starring @Branffy.
Our 2017-18 after school acting program is now available! #utahchildrenstheatre #utahtheatre #afterschoolprogram… https://t.co/YSaCJiUX7q
Our 2017-18 after school acting program is now available! #utahchildrenstheatre #utahtheatre… https://t.co/UGR3xJlW3Z
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @Russwarne for @UtahShakespeare’s TREASURE ISLAND:
BLACKBIRD opens tonight at @utahrep_theater with Pay-What-You-Can tix! https://t.co/hHvo4S0FXd #SLC #utahtheatre
I’M SO EXCITED. Thanks, @ByCommonConsent. This is all kinds of cool.
#UtahTheatre #newplay #MoLit
@mel_leilani we’re so stoked. What a gorgeous cover. Fitting for plays that completely knocked us out. You rule. Third Wheel is great.
Opening Night for BLACKBIRD at @utahrep_theater https://t.co/oyCVMzw8aq — Tonight is pay what you can tickets! #utahtheatre
Flying SackerCat’s ‘…Train Tracks’ twists and slides and aches and isn’t interested in letting you sit there passively. #utahtheatre
Looks like today is another three review day. If busy reviewers are the price we pay for lots of #utahtheatre options, then that’s ok.
New #utahtheatre review for @UtahShakespeare’s #SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, starring @qbermensch & @Branffy: