Author: Maren Scriven

Weber State salutes its students in MAKE ME A SONG

OGDEN — Make Me A Song, directed by Kenneth Plain, is a Weber State University revue that gives students an opportunity to perform, stage, and choreography different songs in order to showcase the things they have been learning throughout their study, and also worked to include much of both classic and contemporary musical theatre. The first thing I noticed was the three-piece orchestra, with Kenneth Plain on piano, Daniel Tracy on bass, and Tyler Torrico on drums. I have said in many reviews that the presence of live music can change a performance, and this was no exception. I know...

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Pygmalion’s I AND YOU is a pleasing duet

SALT LAKE CITY — I and You is a play written by Lauren Gunderson, who is one of the most produced living playwrights in the United States. The plot follows two characters, Caroline (played by Cora Fossen), a teenager forced to stay at home with a life threatening health condition, and Anthony (played by Tristan Johnson), a young basketball player and student needing help with a project who comes to Caroline. As the story unfolds, the audience learns that things for these two characters are definitely not as they seem. When a production only has two players, it can be...

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BroadwayCon Year Three: Utah Represents!

NEW YORK CITY — Year Three of BroadwayCon, founded by Broadway actor Anthony Rapp, was unique for Utah Theatre Bloggers Association because I had the exciting opportunity to moderate a panel with three other Utah natives, Megan Guiterrez, Johnny Hebda, and Holly Harmon, about the wonder things we do in Utah to build out theatrical community. The main convention was held from January 26-28 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and new this year on Thursday the 25th was the first ever BroadwayCon Industry Day, where panelists were gathered to speak to people who work or desire to work within the theatrical...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2017

With the end of the year upon us, it’s time for one of our favorite annual traditions: the UTBA post about excellence on the Utah stage in the past year! These shows are not necessarily the “best” Utah stage productions of the year. Rather, they are plays that stick out in our reviewers’ minds for various reasons. There are plenty of excellent productions that do not appear on this list, and most reviewers were forced to limit the number of plays they talked about. Excellent professional (Equity) productions Some day, Newsies might replace Joseph… as Utah’s favorite musical. The...

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A FAIRLY POTTER CHRISTMAS CAROL is a fairly funny parody

OGDEN — A Ziegfeld Theater holiday tradition has returned: A Fairly Potter Christmas Carol. Written by Rick Rea, this show is a parody of all things Harry Potter and all things Christmas.  Rea has taken the idea behind the stories of everyone’s favorite wizard boy, combined them with everyone’s favorite gift-giving jolly man, and thrown in a bit of Dickens and Dr. Seuss for good measure. Fairly Potter has been slightly altered since the first version I saw a few years ago, and many of the changes were quite beneficial to the overall humor and plot.  This is parody at...

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