“Act with speed” to see ELECTRA

SALT LAKE CITY — Written by Sophocles around 411 BC, Electra is a Greek tragedy that proved 2,400 years ago that yes, female protagonists can indeed carry a show. (Take that, Hollywood.) And though the genre “Greek tragedy” isn’t one that we typically see much of here in Utah, as a combined literary and theatre […]

Interview with Matthew Ivan Bennett

SALT LAKE CITY — Matthew Ivan Bennett is the resident playwright at Plan-B Theatre Company.  He’s adapted stories for Plan B’s Radio Hour, as well as writing several original plays including Block 8, Di Esperienza, and Mesa Verde.  His new play A/Version of Events opens at Plan-B on March 5. How would you describe A/Version of Events? BENNETT: […]

Pinnacle Acting Company’s TIME STANDS STILL frames tragedy and captures attention.

SALT LAKE CITY — Pinnacle Acting Company has firmly proven itself to be a company of quality and merit through memorable productions like Betrayal, Boeing-Boeing, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? PAC’s latest offering Time Stands Still, a Utah premiere, toes that line. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies, Time Stands Still focuses on the relationship […]

“Sounds and sweet airs.” THE TEMPEST at Westminster

SALT LAKE CITY — In Shakespeare’s original text of The Tempest, King Alonso and company have traveled across the sea from Naples to Carthage for the wedding of princess Claribel. On their way back home, they find themselves shipwrecked on an enchanted isle somewhere in the Mediterranean. In director Melanie Nelson’s creative reimagining of the show at […]

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is an evening of gripping theater

SALT LAKE CITY — When their father goes missing, the three Weston sisters gather to the family home in rural Osage County, Oklahoma, to help their mother pick up the pieces of her life.  While a little drama is normal at any family reunion, a gathering of the Weston family is like a dysfunctional family Thanksgiving […]

Salt Lake Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER mashup is too messy

SALT LAKE CITY — A Midsummer Night’s Dream is probably the most performed of Shakespeare‘s comedies. It is still very funny and accessible for modern audiences and seems custom made for the summer theatre season. Salt Lake Shakespeare, celebrating it’s 20th season, has become known for it’s fresh and high energy takes on both popular […]

If “it’s not impossible,” go see BOEING-BOEING

MIDVALE — My thoughts after seeing Pinnacle Acting Company’s production of Boeing-Boeing are best summed up in a line from the script spoken by one of the supporting characters, Berthe, “That was very impressive, monsieur. I’d go a long way to see something like that again.” This little French farce is surefire cure for the winter […]

THE RIGHTEOUS and VERY REAL HOUSEWIVES OF UTAH COUNTY: very real and sometimes righteous

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormons. That buttoned-up, straight-laced, hard right bunch of religious zealots who become increasingly more conservative as one zeroes in on Utah County. In The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County, the audiences meets the Pratt women in Payson, smack dab in the heart of Mormondom. The story follows the Pratts […]

THE LION IN WINTER explores medieval machinations

MIDVALE — I was always something of an odd child growing up.  I listened to big band music, old radio shows and loved watching the classics (and not so classics) of cinema shown on the Big Money Movie each afternoon.  That is where I first saw and fell in love with the film version of […]

Don’t miss BETRAYAL in Midvale

MIDVALE — Harold Pinter is considered one of the most influential playwrights of modern British Theater; Betrayal is one of his best known plays.  Written in 1978, Pinter himself adapted it to the screen in 1983.  As presented at Pinnacle Acting Company, it is a very interesting view into the history of an affair. Betrayal is […]