SALT LAKE CITY — In The Blue Sheep Theatre Company’s premiere performance, comedy is king. Playwright Keri Gukeisen has crafted a parody of the iconic Gone With the Wind and brought it to the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. The result, entitled Done Did Got Gone With the Wind was a hoot and a half. Fringe can be full of heavy pieces—dramas fraught with emotion and artistic nuance so surreal it makes your brain vibrate. A breezy, accessible comedy is therefore a breath of fresh air. Gukeisen came at this parody sideways: the premise was a down-home grassroots theatre company from a “football town” attempting to stage Margaret Mitchell’s seminal classic. Something I found fascinating about this production was that most of the actors performing it seemed to me to be fairly green, but it totally worked with the premise. Their staged failures at remembering lines, knowing how to exit, becoming injured backstage halfway through and switching leads, and bringing their backstage drama in front of the audience was all very believable and genuine as well as being heightened and hilarious. One particular highlight was when Conor Thompson—playing a character who had recently croaked—rolled offstage in a fantastic showing of physical comedy. I about fell off my chair laughing. As I mentioned, each individual actor has potential that could be strengthened with more classical experience, but they came together to work as an ensemble. One...Read More
Author: Elise Hanson
SALT LAKE CITY — As part of the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Wasatch Theatre Company is showcasing One Foot, a play by Lojo Simon. One Foot tells the story of a young married couple who live in a rural farming community near a lake. One morning the husband, played by Jarom Christopher Brown, awakens to find that his right foot has absconded from his body. His wife, played by Alyssa Franks, remarks on what brought them to this point, and their love story is told in a series of flashbacks that eventually wind back to the present. The script itself was fine, certainly...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — In The Jawbone’s Daughter, as an absurdist piece by writer Eric Paul Lyman, there really is no story, because the story doesn’t matter. There is a trace of plot, however. Three men are poised after monumental disaster has struck, and two of them are starving. They appear at a locked door, and suddenly another man appears. He places a podium on the stage with a telephone, a bell, and a sign: “Please ring bell for service!” The haughty character Flince refuses to comply with anything: ringing the bell, submitting to a search and identify, or listening politely while someone reads a poem. Cannibalism is considered, and in the end, human nature gets a pie in the face. I love an absurdist piece. So, I may be slightly biased when I proclaim that The Jawbone’s Daughter is the best piece of work I have seen at the Fringe festival thus far. There are some shows I just wish I could shoot into superstardom with the press of a button, and this is certainly one. With a superb script, surprising and astonishing acting, and shock factor laughs, this play is one that I wish could go far. My hope is that the writer will see this play for what it is: something truly special, and try to do something with it. Basically, these guys should be paid. Jon Liddiard...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Mob mentality is a psychological phenomenon that has always been of great interest to me, probably because it both fascinates and terrifies me. Fantastic feats can be accomplished by a group of angry people, particularly if that anger is fueled by a bit of showmanship. In George Brant‘s acutely orphic Elephant’s Graveyard, that very idea is explored in a cleverly unusual way: through a series of monologues. The script is a true ensemble piece, with all of the actors having a similar amount of stage time throughout its action. Never at any point do the actors actually speak...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — As my first show at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Stalled did not disappoint. In Stalled, a girl rushes into the bathroom in the middle of an apparent panic attack. She is soon joined by her friend (dressed as a bunny rabbit), who briefly talked her down until the anxiety-ridden girl’s boyfriend Ollie appears. Billed as a collaborative effort by stars McKenzie Steele Foster, Shawn Francis Saunders, Alexander Woods, and Amy Ware, the show is a lovely, graceful little piece of theater that shows far more than tells. Fans of conventional storytelling may find themselves lost in waves of...Read More
Time for my favorite bit of Shakespeare: #AsYouLikeIt at @UtahShakes. #UtahTheatre #notquiteanewplay #itsstillgood
@uctheatreslc @UtahTheatreBlog #Intermission at @uctheatreslc's COMEDY OF ERRORS. Pray for Dromio of Syracuse's soul. #utahtheatre #Shakespeare
@uctheatreslc @UtahTheatreBlog Next up in the @uctheatreslc #Shakespeare double header is COMEDY OF ERRORS!
I arrived at @uctheatreslc for #Shakespeare's ROMEO & JULIET. Look for the review later on @UtahTheatreBlog!
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali for Hopebox Theatre's JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT:
#UtahShakes just in the nick of time. #UtahTheatre
God's Favorite is now in rehearsals! Can't wait til Sept. 21st!
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A deeper look at @Hale_Theatre's new theater in @sandycityutah #utah #utahtheatre https://t.co/m4o9M7P3Lj
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali for @goodcotheatre's IN THE HEIGHTS:
See link in bio. #shakespearefestival #utahtheatre #utahchildrenstheatre @ Utah Children's Theatre https://t.co/xYOmOBBWss
The Festival Faire begins next Saturday! #utahchildrenstheatre #utahtheatre #shakespearefestival… https://t.co/aBfYnKNjvh
2 tickets just opened up for #saturdaysvoyeur2017 TONIGHT! (Aug.11 at 7:30) Call 801.363.7522 to claim them! #tickets #tonight #utahtheatre
#surelygoodnessandmercy is in our future when a cast this amazing gets together! #firstreadthrough #SLAC47 #StayTuned #utahtheatre
2 FRONT ROW seats for #saturdaysvoyeur2017 are available Aug. 19 at 2pm! Call 801.363.7522 to claim them! #f8knews #tickets #utahtheatre
A sneak peek inside Sandy's new @Hale_Theatre #utahtheatre https://t.co/I1HYRdwKAQ
I'm so excited to workshop #SweetheartCome at Pygmalion Theatre Company this year. #newplay #UtahTheatre
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali for @terracetheatre's ALL SHOOK UP: