It’s been another busy year for UTBA. In 2013 we reviewed 223 productions—our second-highest annual total. From Garden City to Ivins, our reviewers traveled the state to review plays in Utah. Below are our reviewers’ thoughts about some of the excellence they have seen in our state this year. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions I really enjoyed Salt Lake Acting Company’s production of Good People and the amazing performance by Nell Gwynn as Margie, Plan B’s production of Eric(a). It was very thought provoking and Teresa Sanderson‘s performance was incredible. And finally Tuacahn’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie rounds out...Read More
Author: Melissa Leilani Larson
OGDEN — Sarah Saltwick’s play Of Myth and Mud explores the power of women in an assortment of vignettes based in world mythology. While independent of one another, these short scenes are connected through the experiences of Pandora (Cassidy Wixon), who begins the play by opening her legendary box. At the start of the play, Pandora is very new to existence; she is unfamiliar with human interaction and has to learn to walk upright on her own two legs. As the play goes on, Pandora learns about humanity by seeing how different women react in different situations. Wixon plays...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Even people with glass houses have skeletons in their closets. Novelist Brooke Wyeth is overcoming a serious battle with depression in the best way she knows how: by finishing a new book. At the start of Jon Robin Baitz’s award-winning drama Other Desert Cities, Brooke (played by Nancy Lemenager) visits her parents for Christmas in Palm Springs, her new manuscript in hand. How will they react? Not well. Brooke’s book is not the novel her family expects; it’s a memoir detailing the events leading to her brother Henry’s suicide some years before. While penning the book...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — I’m a sucker for Greek mythology. There’s just so much going on, and among such fascinating characters: gods and mortals, lovers and enemies, queens, and commoners. The Greek canon is full of fascinating stories, often dark, and really very human—the Olympian gods were flawed individuals, with very human personalities despite their immense power and immortality. Mary Zimmerman‘s beautiful play Metamorphoses explores several of these myths—some familiar, others less so—currently being presented in a respectable production by the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre. Zimmerman connects the stories using several key theatricalities. First, all the stories share...Read More
PROVO — One of the hottest theatre events this year in Utah is the concert series by 5-time Tony winner (and living Broadway legend) Audra McDonald. Famous for her starring performances in Ragtime, Carousel, and recently The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, McDonald was last seen in Utah at Hale Center Theater’s 110 in the Shade with future husband (and Utah native) Will Swenson. McDonald is giving three concerts in Utah this week: two at Brigham Young University and one at Weber State University. We asked our UTBA members who were attending to give their reactions to the performance. Those responses are listed below in the order they were submitted. Check back often because more will be added as they arrive in our editor’s inbox. Melissa Leilani Larson The standing ovation, in my opinion, should be the supreme sign of an audience member’s enjoyment, reserved for performances that truly touch the viewer. As a theatre artist, I of course want to receive ovations, but I want to earn them. I want them to mean something. So I seldom give them; it takes something extremely special to bring me to my feet. Tonight I gave two standing ovations, one within minutes of the other, and to the same person. I clapped and I cheered and I cried. I sat in the center of row F and melted in my seat as Audra McDonald walked out on...Read More
Marionette show. #utahtheatre #utahchildrenstheatre #marionette #shakespearefestival @ Utah… https://t.co/bKeNJ1Ro8u
Hey. You. See @riotacttheatre's 'Enemy Of The People'. SEE IT. That thing should be sold out every night. Alive/messy/wonderful #utahtheatre
Catching THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME at @pioneertheatre! #UtahTheatre
First thing I saw walking into rehearsal tonight was a man teaching another man how to be a wolf. I thought, "This is good". #utahtheatre.
About to see #SurelyGoodnessAndMercy at @slactingco. Excited! @NewPlayNetwork #newplay #UtahTheatre
She’s a witch and I’m a dragon. If one of us missteps, the world explodes.
#UVUMoon #amwriting #newplay #utahtheatre
Come and see! Holes by Louis Sachar line on stage!
Runs Sep 28,29,30 & Oct 4,5,6,7
I love this show so much. Come check out our new theater and laugh 'til you're sore tonight! https://t.co/Z0IVL8p6AF #utahtheatre
We’re getting good reviews! Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike launches its second weekend tonight! https://t.co/uPuNxfF5Fh #utahtheatre
Our 2017-18 Season begins October 14th with The Masque of Beauty &a the Beast. #utahtheatre… https://t.co/KenAus6PmZ
Want a tour of our theate? We have an openhouse Saturday from 10 AM to 2PM! Come see the space, then see the show that night! #utahtheatre
'An Enemy of The People' (from @riotacttheatre) opens tonight in SLC. I'm glad they're doing work in Utah. Goes Now-Oct 6th #utahtheatre
Theatre trailers are a tricky business ... this is how to do it right. @riotacttheatre #utahtheatre https://t.co/Pq2FM7MOoE
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @Russwarne for @SCERAupdate's NOISES OFF:
Buy your tickets for Holes NOW - we open next Thursday in Heber! https://t.co/myD6Q5KNeV #KateandSam #utahtheatre
New #utahtheatre review for @pioneertheatre's CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME:
Opens next month. Season tickets now on sale. #utahchildrenstheatre #utahtheatre #livetheatre… https://t.co/fkyJtpGDVb
At the theatre, being the #ThirdWheel. #DesireUnderTheElms #UtahTheatre
LAST CHANCE TO SEE ION @WestminsterSLC !
#utahtheatre #visitslc #visitutah #SLC #SaltLakeCity @slcoZAP @slcgreekfest
Link in bio. #utahchildrenstheatre #shakespearefestival #utahtheatre @ Utah Children's Theatre https://t.co/TmvFBZ5FbU