OREM — Pillow Talk, played at the Hale Center Theater in Orem, was a delightful experience. The movie was adapted to a play by Christopher Sergel, and this performance was directed by Barta Lee Heiner. Set in 1958, this romantic comedy follows the drama of two professionals working from home and sharing a telephone line. A woman named Jan is running her interior design business from her home and can’t get and calls though because the man she shares a party line with, Brad, is always on the phone with different women. Unbeknownst to Jan, Brad uses the party line...Read More
Author: Sara Claverie
SALT LAKE CITY — An extremely talented group of dancers and actors, called Rakan, are performing their debut show, Phantom Map, at the Fringe Festival. This performance included Japanese Butoh dance as well as a script that was intriguing and sinister. The company’s expertise in the Butoh dance style was immediately apparent, and each movement was accented by their opening costumes which consisted of long robes, three red, one white, and scary-looking black gloves which lengthened each finger by at least double to a point. One performer wore a mask, and the others had black eye coverings. With great...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Okay, theater goers. I am not sure what happened here but I was the only one at this performance of Molly Whirlwind and the Great Bear in the huge Westminster Courage Theater. Graciously, the cast performed masterfully for me, but I have to wonder if either ticket prices were too high (there have been several performances with less than 5 people attending) or people coming to the fringe are looking for more provocative content, because every show except the ones by Great Bear Folk Theatre have been full of that. I feel so bad for those who missed this last show of Molly Whirlwind and the Great Bear, because I laughed my asses off. Yes, since I was covering for the rest of the absent audience, I felt free to laugh more than one ass. Molly Whirlwind and the Great Bear, produced by The Great Bear Folk Theatre, was written and performed by Lori and Omar Hansen, and boy were they a great team. They played all sorts of different characters, shared more than one story and sang together in delicious harmony. They tell a story of a town being terrorized by a huge bear, who is apparently taller than the tall tale they’re telling, and multiple characters come to best the bear, only to be scared away. Finally, Molly Whirlwind enters the scene and tames the bear....Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Becoming an Honorary Crone was written and performed by Lori Prescott Hansen and is a collection of stories about a woman’s life growing further into adulthood. It was produced by The Great Bear Folk Theatre at the Salt Lake Fringe Festival. Hansen begins by asking the audience, “Do you believe in fate?” and shares some history about the three fates from Greek mythology. She muses on what makes a woman valuable to herself and how can she lead girls younger than her into that strong future. The stage was set with a spinning wheel that she sat at during her fairy tale of the spinners, and to the side there was a small table with a mirror on top, which she referenced at the beginning, talking about really looking at herself in the mirror and accepting everything she saw. This show was full of storytelling and she references various fairy tales like “The Little Mermaid” and “Little Red Riding Hood” before starting into her own tale called “The Three Spinners.” It reminded me of “Rumpelstiltskin” with enough of a twist to make it new and enticing. This story ends with a beautiful moment between mother and daughter and further understanding from the girl about the value that is gained though aging. The first portion of her show was hard to follow at times, but once she...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Ballad of a Meadow, written and performed as a one-man play by Omar J. Hansen and produced by the Great Bear Folk Theatre, is a deeply moving story of a man who was a part of the Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah on September 11, 1857. It was a much different style of show than many of the other shows at the Fringe, which was a nice contrast. Hansen’s show was even more interesting with his original songs he played on the guitar. At the beginning, Hansen’s character confessed to ordering the Indians to kill the Arkansas pioneers who were massacred in Utah on their way to California. Then he went into a lot of history, most of which was applicable and interesting, though sometimes there were moments I didn’t quite see the connection to the main story, like why he talked about federal troops coming to Utah to do away with slavery and polygamy. I also thought his second song slowed down the story by repeating emotionless information about what he had just shared. On the other hand, there was a song near the end that did the opposite, where it really held onto the strong feelings he had just expressed and ingrained them more deeply through music, and was very effective. Hansen’s presentation was solid: he had great focus, spoke clearly and loudly, and shared...Read More
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 !
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Link in bio. #utahchildrenstheatre #shakespearefestival #utahtheatre @ Utah Children's Theatre https://t.co/TmvFBZ5FbU
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