Author: Tara Nicole Haas

GRANT & TWAIN provides insight into America’s history

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake Acting Company’s world premiere of Grant & Twain, directed by Keven Myhre, is a dramatically charged look into the latter half of the nineteenth century, with a focus on two of America’s great men in history, Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. Grant & Twain begins late in Ulysses S. Grant’s (Marshall Bell) life, after his role of union general in the Civil War and eighteenth President of the United States has passed. After being swindled out of all of his money in a Ponzi scheme, Grant is beginning to lose his admiration...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2013

It’s been another busy year for UTBA. In 2013 we reviewed 223 productions—our second-highest annual total. From Garden City to Ivins, our reviewers traveled the state to review plays in Utah. Below are our reviewers’ thoughts about some of the excellence they have seen in our state this year. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions I really enjoyed Salt Lake Acting Company’s production of Good People and the amazing performance by Nell Gwynn as Margie, Plan B’s production of Eric(a).  It was very thought provoking and Teresa Sanderson‘s performance was incredible. And finally Tuacahn’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie rounds out...

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A delightful CHRISTMAS CAROL in Orem

OREM — Hale Center Theater Orem’s annual Christmas tradition, A Christmas Carol, has been a long time favorite for many. I was happy to see that this year did not disappoint. A Christmas Carol is the well-known, heart-warming tale written by Charles Dickens, chronicling the life and transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens’s short novella was adapted into a musical version by Cody Hale, and it is this version that is produced by the Orem Hale annually. The definite strong point in this production is the character Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Chris H. Brower. Brower has played the character many times...

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK leaves the audience spooked in the end

PROVO — After making a transition from a less-than-perfect theater space, the Echo Theatre re-opened last night in their new and improved building with a respectable production of The Women in Black. The Woman in Black is a successful horror play adapted by Stephen Mallatrat from a book of the same name by Susan Hill. It is to date the second longest running play in London’s West End, and has recently been adapted into a film version for the second time. The play explores the past of Arthur Kipps, (Jason Purdie) who is trying to tell his story to exorcise...

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AIDA’s strong suits outweigh its flaws

AMERICAN FORK — Based on the popular Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi of the same name, the musical Aida (with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and Henry David Hwang) is presented by the American Fork and Highland Arts Councils in a touching, yet imperfect manner. The story is something of a classic love triangle. Aida (Mary Nelson) is a princess from Nubia (a region along the Nile river, which is located in northern Sudan and southern Egypt,) who is captured by an Egyptian captain, Radames (Christian Jones). Radames soon falls in love with...

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