OREM — Betty Blue Eyes is one of those shows that you have to see to believe, and several times my jaw was hanging open. Before seeing Hale Center Theater’s production, I had never seen three men sing an anthem about pork roast, nor had I ever seen a woman riding a tricycle dressed in pink playing a pig. And I had also never seen a professional musical that was so poorly conceived and structured. Betty Blue Eyes’s script (written by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman) is what Roger Ebert called an “idiot plot,” a story that only moves...Read More
Author: Russell Warne
OREM — George Bernard Shaw’s most famous play, The Pygmalion, is an examination of the “nature versus nurture” debate of human behavior. Coming clearly on the side of “nurture,” Shaw’s 1913 play tells the story of the impoverished flower seller Eliza Doolittle, who is plucked from the street by Professor Henry Higgins and successfully taught to be a refined English lady. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe adapted this play into the classic musical My Fair Lady, which is playing now in a stunning production at the SCERA. Foremost of the production’s strengths is the acting talent on display...Read More
HIGHLAND — A mainstay of the comics pages since 1950, Peanuts are part of the cultural fabric of the United States. For a few days their fans in Utah County can see these beloved characters on stage in Highland City Arts Council’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Unfortunately, the biggest problem with the production is the fact that it is You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. The script (written by Clark Gesner, with additional dialogue by Michael Mayer) is a meandering concept musical that limps from one song to another. Anyone with the slightest knowledge of Peanuts will...Read More
PROVO — Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in America, and it cruelly exacts its toll on millions of people every year. Chandra Lloyd’s new Happysadness is a play about depression that could have been relevant to many people. Unfortunately, this production did not live up to its potential. Happysadness tells the story of Val, a young woman suffering from depression and an anxiety disorder. Most of the play revolves around Val’s symptoms and how she struggles to deal with them. Val’s experiences are punctuated regularly by therapy sessions—most of which blend together before the play reaches...Read More
PROVO — “You never know what will happen on a train.” This one line, from Arlene Hutton’s script, perfectly summarizes Last Train to Nibroc, an enjoyable production currently playing at the Covey Center for the Arts. This quiet little play about the romance between its two characters is a gem of a show that deserves the attention of Utah audiences. Last Train to Nibroc begins in the midst of World War II when two strangers, May (played by Kynsie Kiggins) and Raleigh (played by McKay Nicoll) meet by chance on a westbound train from Los Angeles. Both find that...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: