Author: Russell Warne

An Other has a strong debut with VANYA…AND SPIKE

PROVO — There’s a new theatre company in town.  An Other Theater Company is peeking over the horizon of the Provo theatre scene and, from seeing their first production, the company has a bright future ahead of it. Provo is a tough town for theatre companies. Provo audiences are conservative in their views, their time and their money, so kudos to Kacey Spadafora, Taylor Jack Nelson, Bryce Lloyd Fueston, Katrina Luthi, and Meggan Spadafora—the artistic staff of An Other Theater Company—for their courage in bringing smart, sophisticated theatre to Provo.  Let’s hope Provo is ready for it. The company has a...

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Put SCERA’s NOISES OFF on your calendar

OREM — One of the most enduring farces in modern theatre is Noises Off. Playing in the early 1980’s on the West End and Broadway, and revived on the Great White Way about every 15 years, Noises Off is a staple of theatre companies throughout the United States. And it’s easy to see why: the play is cleverly structured and full of nearly every type of humor, including slapstick, situational comedy, sight gags, and more. This crowd pleaser is on stage right now at the SCERA Center for the Arts in a production that frequently reminds audience members why...

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A joyous and lively COMEDY OF ERRORS at UCT

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Every August the Utah Children’s Theatre produces a Shakespeare Festival for Kids and Adults with Short Attention Spans. Ever since I discovered this annual event, I have selfishly assigned myself to review these productions. Shows like this year’s Comedy of Errors are why I keep coming back to this hidden gem of a theatre festival. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of twins, one pair named Antipholus and one pair named Dromio. The Dromios are servants to the Antipholuses, but each set of brothers has been separated by a shipwreck many years before...

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Parting from UCT’s ROMEO & JULIET is such sweet sorrow

SOUTH SALT LAKE — The Utah Children’s Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet is like the main characters’ relationship: short but worthwhile. And don’t let the venue fool you. This isn’t just a production for kids. Teenagers and adults can enjoy this Shakespeare production, too. With a 45-minute running time, this production of Romeo and Juliet trims the play to its essentials. Gone are Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech, Lady Montague, Juliet’s father, Paris, and more. As a result, the story is easy to follow, and the speed of the play makes Romeo and Juliet’s love affair seem even more turbulent....

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Jennifer A. Kokai discusses her new book, SWIM PRETTY

Jennifer A. Kokai is a name that pops up regularly in the UTBA archives as a director. A faculty member at Weber State University, Dr. Kokai is also the author of the new book Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature. Dr. Kokai was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about her book. UTBA: Can you please tell me what your book is about? Kokai: The book looks at how performances in water, especially those featuring people performing as mermaids, began in the United States and how they have changed, or haven’t changed,...

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