UVU’s BLOOD WEDDING shows promise on a beautiful stage

Blood Wedding publicity photo.

OREM — There’s a moment in the final scene of Blood Wedding where three fated women sit on swings placed across the stage. They rock, and slowly draw a length of blood red yarn between them from one side of the stage to the other. Music plays and they sing: Wool, wool, what would you tell of? A […]


It would be a tragedy to miss HECUBA

Amy Ware as Polyxena and Sandy Shotwell as Hecuba.

SALT LAKE CITY — Euripides‘s describes the title character of his tragedy Hecuba as a “mother of sorrows.” A more apt description would be impossible to find. When the play opens she is a widow whose husband, King Priam, was killed in the Trojan War, and she is enslaved. However, fate has decreed that greater sorrows are in […]


An innovative, but incoherent ROMEO & JULIET

Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Gary Oakeson.

SALT LAKE CITY — Romeo and Juliet, as penned by William Shakespeare, remains a constant of theater performance, attempted by many theatrical devotees and presented in a variety of lenses. The historic nature of true love, destroyed by the prideful hostility of parents, holds a certain resonance that speaks to audiences today. And while the words […]


1,000 chances to repent, but only a dozen to see DOCTOR FAUSTUS

Kaitlyn Dahl as the Good Angel, Eric D. Geels as Doctor Faustus, and Victoria Truax as the Bad Angel.

PROVO — After seeing The Grassroots Shakespeare Company’s production of Doctor Faustus, I am kicking myself for not seeing everything they have done in the past, and you can bet I won’t miss a future show. Doctor Faustus is truly a must-see for the Halloween season—the most fitting for this time of year with such […]


OEDIPUS THE KING is an eye-popping tragedy

Show closes September 25, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — At the end of Westminster College’s production of Oedipus the King, a chorus of nine actors sang the haunting words, “Call no man happy until that person dies free from sorrow.” In other words, no matter how prosperous a person seems to be, until death it is always possible that a single tragedy […]


AIDA’s strong suits outweigh its flaws

Allison Books as Amneris.

AMERICAN FORK — Based on the popular Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi of the same name, the musical Aida (with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and Henry David Hwang) is presented by the American Fork and Highland Arts Councils in a touching, yet imperfect […]


Introduce your kids (and adult friends) to the Bard at BREAKFAST WITH SHAKESPEARE

Show closes August 24, 2013.

SOUTH SALT LAKE — The marketing slogan for the Utah Children’s Theatre states that their Shakespeare festival is “. . . for kids and adults with short attention spans,” and Breakfast with Shakespeare is completely faithful to this advertising. Like a good Pixar movie, the creative team at the Utah Children’s Theatre has created entertainment that […]


A lovely little ROMEO AND JULIET

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SALT LAKE CITY — Each year, the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) fills patrons’ lives with wondrous professional theater, both classic and contemporary. They go above and beyond simply producing shows in their home space in Southern Utah, however. In addition to their summer and fall seasons, the festival produces a touring Shakespeare play aimed to educate […]


LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS production breaks the rules

Show closes November 17, 2012.

PROVO — One of the reasons I keep going back to the theatre because of my hope that a director and cast can present a script that I’m familiar with in such a novel way that I gain new insights into the story or the characters. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, […]


Pacing problems plague ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE

Justin Tsatsa as Giovanni and Clara Osbeck as Annabella. Photo by Spencer Sandstrom.

SALT LAKE CITY — Who would have thought that a play about sexual scandal, incest, and murder could be so boring? The University of Utah Department of Theatre’s latest production, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, is the story of Giovanni and Annabella, a brother and sister who break the ultimate taboo and become sexually involved with […]