Echo Theatre’s BIELZY AND GOTTFRIED is moralistic, not a morality play

Show closes April 19, 2014.

PROVO —  Bielzy and Gottfried is one of the first entries in what the Echo Theater is calling its Playwriting Showcase. Unfortunately, this entry featured a poor script and an unpolished production that lost sight of the goal of making the audience really think. The show is structured using a series of short plays that are […]

Plan-B’s “Season of Eric” has strong closing with 3

Photo by Rick Pollock

SALT LAKE CITY — Plan-B Theatre Company’s ongoing mission to bring socially conscious and locally relevant plays to Utah audiences has produced numerous sold-out shows. The closing production of their latest season—The Season of Eric—is sure to follow that model. 3 by Eric Samuelsen offers three short plays performed by three extremely versatile actresses that […]

8 brief plays tonight at UVU’s SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE

Show closes March 29, 2014.

OREM – For the twelfth year in a row, Utah Valley University is presenting their Short Attention Span Theatre, and evening of eight 10-minute plays written, directed, and starring UVU students.  Their subtitle this year, “If you don’t like this one, wait ten minutes!” was descriptive of the evening of short plays in the intimate […]

BYU’s OFF THE MAP festival is off the hook

Tim Watts in the Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. Photo by Michelle Robin Anderson.

PROVO — Tired of the same old shows produced in Utah year after year? Then break out of your theatre malaise with BYU’s Off the Map international theatre festival. For this week the university has imported acting troupes from Australia, England, and Iran to give Utahns a taste of innovative productions from overseas. As a […]

Comedy, death, and love all explored in this year’s ECHO 10

Show closes November 23, 2013.

PROVO — If you are part of the fast food, high speed internet generation, then the Echo Theatre has an event just for you. Echo 10 is a festival of 10-minute plays lasting three days. Thursday and Friday featured different six plays each, and tonight the best three from each day will be performed again. […]

MICROBURST THEATER FESTIVAL: a nice production for a reviewer with ADD

From Man vs. Mace: Gabriel Spencer and Jasmine Fullmer.

PROVO — According to director George D. Nelson, the goal of the Microburst Theatre Festival, which played in BYU’s Nelke Experiment Theater Oct 23 – 26, was to teach his students to export the truth.  This production was a collection of very short plays on the many facets of love, written by BYU students and performed […]

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE has some diamonds in the rough

Show closes April 6, 2013.

OREM — “A new play every ten minutes.” That’s the promise of Utah Valley University’s Short Attention Span Theatre, an evening of short plays playing in the Exbox Theatre this week only. The promise of a different story every 600 seconds is fulfilled, although I found that my satisfaction of the evening often changed as frequently […]

BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is a sweet holiday evening

Show closes December 17, 2012.

LEHI — On Friday evening I had a flashback to two different Christmases. No, I wasn’t playing Scrooge in a production of A Christmas Carol. Instead, I was reminded of playing a shepherd in a church Christmas pageant when I was about ten years old. I also remembered my younger brother playing Joseph when he was […]

THE TURN OF THE SCREW AND OTHER GHOST STORIES has bumpy start, but still satisfies

Turn of the Screw 2 - The Echo Theatre

PROVO — The last show I saw at the Echo Theatre was The Woman in Black, a production I adored. I went into The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories with high expectations, and although the show had a bumpy start, by the end I was not disappointed. In this review I will attempt […]

ECHO 10: Our rundown of (almost) a dozen 10-minute plays

Show closed August 18, 2012.

PROVO — The lights are out, the costumes gone, and the actors have all headed home. Last weekend was a treat sure to be on the minds of patrons and performers of The Echo Theatre. After hosting monthly productions produced in house and by local theatre groups, The Echo hosted their first round of Echo 10. […]