SALT LAKE COUNTY — Float, produced by Kallisti Theatre Company, was interesting in many ways. Written by Elise C. Hanson-Barnett, who also performs in it, Float is about four people that are connected by love and friendship throughout the various scenes set in different time periods. Hanson-Barnett pulled the show along with her fantastic portrayal of each of the characters she wrote and performed. I especially enjoyed the southern belle with the whiskey. The middle scene was the most interesting with two couple’s drama which included one actress, Katherine R. Tietjen, holding another at gunpoint. This was the most engaging part of the entire show, as the mood between Tietjen—in fear and unraveling—and Hanson-Barnett—calmly playing opposite her—was both fearless and nonplussed. This was most intriguing to me as I have rarely witnessed someone being held up at gunpoint and keeping their cool. Jesse S. Curran played the man the women fought over, and rather than go at each other, Hanson-Barnett teaches Tietjen to turn her heart to stone for the men she loves. Another actor, Oscar M. Anderson, performing various roles, was great at emotional delivery but lacked the focus that showed he was comfortable in his roles onstage. During the first scene I saw him drop character between a few of his lines, and stare at his fellow actor waiting for their delivery. Tietjen shared this problem in the first...Read More
Author: Sara Claverie
SALT LAKE CITY — The Place of No Darkness, produced by Dearly Beloved Theatre Company, is an intense performance for mature audiences about three guys discovering they are in hell and fighting to get out. The stage was set with debris and random items such as crutches and a piano. There was a ripped up couch and several chairs scattered around, some of them topsy turvy. Yellow tape was stretched across the space, assisting the look of chaos. As the lights turned on, three gasping men emerged from behind the couch and piano, and one let out a blood-curdling scream. At first they had no speech and had to re-learn everything from baby to adult. The grunts and toddler-like discoveries at the beginning were somewhat endearing to me, as I have two young toddlers. My favorite part was their discovery of making different sounds by hitting items on walls, floor, chair, etc., and the excitement portrayed was genuine. I thought all three actors, Christian Maestas, Ryan Rasmussen, and Torin Scoffield were equally good at performing their roles, with a similar weakness of lack of focus, which seemed more to be due to the chaotic natural of the show. Also, two of the actors had long hair that blocked much of their expression. As the show went deeper into pain and struggle, the characters showed possession using various props, including a...Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Do You Want to See Me Naked?, produced by Sackerson at the Salt Lake Fringe Festival was a delight. This one woman monologue, written and directed by Morag Shepherd and starring Elizabeth Golden, was deeply moving and hilariously witty. Classical live violin music opened the performance and was replaced by a loud clubbing song, and these two music types were inserted throughout the show adding to humor and mood. They were also an emphasis to the contrasting moments throughout Golden’s show. Lines like, “I don’t care what people think of me—yes I do…” Peppered the script....Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — A Night at the Imperial, written by one of the theater’s own Cody K. Carlson, is a slapstick comedy in the style of the Three Stooges. Though it had potential, the show was much better written than performed. A Night at the Imperial had such a need for perfect timing that without the majority of the movements happening fluidly, it quickly lost its luster for me. Hopefully the Off-Broadway Theater will produce this show again with a cast that is able to accomplish the task. My date and I walked down the big city sidewalk along...Read More
MIDVALE — Curtains is an amusing and witty musical within a musical, produced by Sugar Factory Playhouse and West Jordan Theater Arts, and though Rupert Holmes‘s script is about solving a murder, the entertaining play is not any deeper than a sitcom. However, this musical was worth the time because of the clever and creative ways director Denise Gull and choreographer Kassidy Gull enhanced the original script. Curtains opens with the show within the show called Robbin’ Hood, a western musical featuring the untalented leading lady, Jessica Cranshaw. She is promptly murdered onstage and Lieutenant Frank Cioffi comes on...Read More
Which #UtahTheatre shows are getting you in the 🎃 holiday spirit?
Seeing 'Mercury' at SLAC. Let's get weird. #utahtheatre
This Friday is Pub Night at #ShockheadedPeterSLC -- come see the show, then join the cast and crew for drinks afterwards!
@grassrootsbard “does an excellent job of bringing Shakespeare to life.” #utahtheatre review for CORIOLANUS. https://t.co/4SlrpjexaO
Secret dramaturgical machinations are the best. Also pizza for breakfast. #newplay #amwriting #UtahTheatre
Local #UtahTheatre legend Sarah Shippobotham is The Emcee in #ShockheadedPeterSLC.
See her devilish powers on display this Friday!
Walking down the halls of Fox13 in a full 18th century French royalty getup is an exercise in humility, I'll tell you. #utahtheatre
Walking down the halls of Fox13 in a full 18th century French royalty getup is quite an experience, I'll tell you. #utahtheatre
I'm going to take credit for BYU producing Helen Edmundson's #MillOnTheFloss 15 years after I told them they should. #UtahTheatre @BYUarts
I'm really proud of this show:
Killer cast. Killer live music. Halloween perfection 👌💀✂️
Lovely time of year for #UtahTheatre 👍: "Mercury"-@slactingco , "River. Swamp. Cave. Mountain"-@planbtheatreco, "Coriolanus"-@grassrootsbard
A fountain of anti-matter in the milky way that nobody knew.
Love and Information @WestminsterSLC
New #utahtheatre review by @ATCA_Member @marenali for @grassrootsbard's CORIOLANUS:
New #utahtheatre review for @planbtheatreco's RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN, a #newplay for young audiences:
Strong opening night of Marie Antoinette @goodcotheatre. @SackersonCo, @grassrootsbard, @slactingco - how'd things go for you? #utahtheatre
Thanks for making #ShockheadedPeterSLC an essential @CityWeekly !
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