Author: Russell Warne

Put SCERA’s NOISES OFF on your calendar

OREM — One of the most enduring farces in modern theatre is Noises Off. Playing in the early 1980’s on the West End and Broadway, and revived on the Great White Way about every 15 years, Noises Off is a staple of theatre companies throughout the United States. And it’s easy to see why: the play is cleverly structured and full of nearly every type of humor, including slapstick, situational comedy, sight gags, and more. This crowd pleaser is on stage right now at the SCERA Center for the Arts in a production that frequently reminds audience members why...

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A joyous and lively COMEDY OF ERRORS at UCT

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Every August the Utah Children’s Theatre produces a Shakespeare Festival for Kids and Adults with Short Attention Spans. Ever since I discovered this annual event, I have selfishly assigned myself to review these productions. Shows like this year’s Comedy of Errors are why I keep coming back to this hidden gem of a theatre festival. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of twins, one pair named Antipholus and one pair named Dromio. The Dromios are servants to the Antipholuses, but each set of brothers has been separated by a shipwreck many years before...

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Parting from UCT’s ROMEO & JULIET is such sweet sorrow

SOUTH SALT LAKE — The Utah Children’s Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet is like the main characters’ relationship: short but worthwhile. And don’t let the venue fool you. This isn’t just a production for kids. Teenagers and adults can enjoy this Shakespeare production, too. With a 45-minute running time, this production of Romeo and Juliet trims the play to its essentials. Gone are Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech, Lady Montague, Juliet’s father, Paris, and more. As a result, the story is easy to follow, and the speed of the play makes Romeo and Juliet’s love affair seem even more turbulent....

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Jennifer A. Kokai discusses her new book, SWIM PRETTY

Jennifer A. Kokai is a name that pops up regularly in the UTBA archives as a director. A faculty member at Weber State University, Dr. Kokai is also the author of the new book Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature. Dr. Kokai was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about her book. UTBA: Can you please tell me what your book is about? Kokai: The book looks at how performances in water, especially those featuring people performing as mermaids, began in the United States and how they have changed, or haven’t changed,...

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Spanish Fork’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is positoov-ly fun

SPANISH FORK — Having seen the show on stage three times before, I’m used to spectacle in The Little Mermaid. Nearly every page of Doug Wright‘s script calls for some piece of eye candy, whether it is a shipwreck, costumes for undersea creatures, or magic effects. However, Spanish Fork Community Theater’s production surprised me in the level of dazzle in the show. The staff behind this technically ambitious production had high goals, which resulted in an appealing production of this Disney musical. Directors Cami Jensen and Ken Jensen‘s vision for this show is faithful to the 1989 film, most noticeably in the...

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