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...Read More
Author: Russell Warne
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...Read More
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....Read More
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,...Read More
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...Read More
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @Russwarne for @SCERAupdate's NOISES OFF:
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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 !
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The son of a polygamist just told me #PilotProgram is spot on. I will take it.
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"I'd rather have friends who are honest than treacherous."
ION @WestminsterSLC !
"All you need is a name"
See ION at Westminster Theatre!
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Saw @WasatchTheatre1's reading of 'Becky Shaw'. Gionfriddo's plays are filled w/ interesting ideas. Good stuff. I dig ambition. #utahtheatre
"Oh, you gods! You play as you please!"
Catch Ion at Westminster Theatre!
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Much awesome! Very drama! So pulitzer-nominated!
Tonight. Sam Wellers at Trolley Square. Becky Shaw.
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This went well. I'm always nervous, but was ultimately pleased. A great cast helps enormously. #ThirdWheel #PilotProgram #UtahTheatre
Reading of The Pilot Program by @mel_leilani and lately published by #bccpress
"Mother, where are you?"
ION at Westminster Theatre!
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My son watching @uctheatreslc's #Shakespeare Festival for Children and Adults with Short Attention Spans. #utahtheatre
Just saw Westminster's/CGTF's production of 'Ion'. Great approach to an uber-tricky text. Deeply silly production. Go see it! #utahtheatre
#ThirdWheel got a great review today from @blogSegullah. https://t.co/q62KPSrPsk … #UtahTheatre #iwrotethat #BCCpress