Author: Darby Turnbow

UTBA reviewers sound off: Excellence in 2016

The social media consensus is that 2016 was a rough year for America. With a surplus of celebrity deaths and a chaotic presidential election, many people are ready to put 2016 behind them. But the Utah theatre community had a great year, with wonderful productions across the entire length of the state. As we do every year, we asked our reviewers and staff members to tell us what excellent productions they saw this year in Utah. Here are the shows that stuck in their minds weeks or months later. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions Being the only Tony Award winning...

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Step over to the Covey Center and see THE 39 STEPS

PROVO — A tiny black box theatre, a small cast, and lots of laughs awaited me at the Covey Center for the Arts as I attended The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow and directed by David Hanson. The 39 Steps is the melodramatic retelling of the Hitchcock 1935 film. It follows Richard Hannay, a civilian who is framed for the murder of a secret agent, as he flees to Scotland in attempt to stop a ring of dangerous spies. Although, the original John Buchan story was a serious spy tale, this version is much more comedic as the cast of four...

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Can’t miss BYU Young Company’s CYRANO (or his nose!)

PROVO — The cast members of the BYU Young Company circulated around the small black box theatre, interacting with audience members before the start of Cyrano, directed by Kris Jennings. In the play, De Guiche, played by Kirk Workman, told asked a boy in the audience to take a letter to “that girl” pointing to Roxanne, played by Markaye Haasan. After the boy delivered the letter De Guiche told him how much he liked “that girl.” Other cast members joined in the sending of letter via audience members. As the show prepared to officially start cast members took their letters to...

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It makes sense to see NUNSENSE at the SCERA

OREM — I always look forward to attending the opening productions for both the indoor and outdoor seasons at the SCERA theater. I find that the opening shows often become favorite performances for me, so I was excited to attend SCERA’s production of Nunsense, directed by Michael Carrasco, to see if the trend would hold. I think that I can safely say the trend continues. Nunsense was a night of much-needed laughter. Nunsense is Dan Goggin‘s musical about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who returned from a bingo night to discover that 52 of the sisters in the convent had been accidentally poisoned by their cook...

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Run to see HCTO’s delightful SEE HOW THEY RUN

OREM — Fewer scripts evoke a feeling of complete chaos than See How They Run by Philip King.  It is a hilarious, fast paced farce involving mistaken identities, a couple of clergyman, a soldier, a communist spy, a bishop, a cockney maid, an old maid who gets drunk for the first time, and an American actress turned the vicar’s wife. The movement and dialogue are so rapid that watching this show is like watching a pea and walnut shell game. I had not seen a production of See How They Run in several years, and, because I love the script, I...

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