WEST VALLEY — The Meeting is a one-act play by Jeff Stetson that depicts the supposed clandestine meeting between two of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. The play is set in a room in Harlem’s historic Hotel Theresa in February during the time just after the 1965 burning of Malcolm X’s home. Differing in their philosophies, nonviolence versus aggressive separatism, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems. This play marks the inaugural production of the EttaGrace Black Theatre Company and is one of which they can be rightly proud. Director and co-founder Melissa Adams has done a wonderful job of bringing this play to the stage. A one-act play with three actors and a small set can stagnate very easily, but this show keeps the action moving. The interaction between the characters is natural and genuine. The cast is first rate. Lonzo Liggins as Malcolm X is a commanding presence. His portrayal is confident and secure. He conveys Malcolm X’s anger and drive for a radical solution to the issue of race in America. The conviction that only meeting violence with violence will bring about the change that is needed is palpable. In contrast, Terrence S. Johnson’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a much calmer...Read More
Author: Tony Porter
SALT LAKE CITY — Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, is a comedic gem. The play is a two-man tour de force that explores one day in the life of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. And as produced by Wasatch Theater Company at Rose Wagner Studio Theater, is a great night of theater. The action begins, as every day in Tuna does, with Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis broadcasting from the 275-watt station OKKK. That is, when they remember to turn the transmitter on. From that point on we are treated to 20 of the most eccentric characters that reside in Tuna. From Bertha Bumiller, a card carrying member of the Smut Snatchers of the New Order, to Petey Fisk, devoted employee of the Greater Tuna Humane Society, and Didi Snavely, owner of Didi’s Used Weapons, whose motto is “If we can’t kill it, it’s immortal,” we see a snapshot of small town life in the south. To give a thorough plot synopsis is to give away too many of the gems of the play. The residents of Tuna are an odd mix of prejudices and preconceptions. However, for someone who grew up in a small town, they ring surprisingly true. Small towns are an interesting breeding ground for gossip, where everyone knows the business of everyone else in town. The authors capture this...Read More
CENTERVILLE — At this season of the year, it is nearly impossible not to run head-long into a version of A Christmas Carol. Many theater companes in the country (if not the English-speaking world) do one version or another of this show at this time of year. In the Salt Lake Area there are probably more versions being done than you can count. Now, I have no problem with this. A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite books, and the story of one man’s redemption from his miserly ways is endearing and very moving. I can quote lines from the book by heart. So it was with great anticipation that I went to see Rodgers Memorial Theater’s production of Madison Square Garden’s A Christmas Carol, The Musical. This version has a book adapted by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Aherns, with music by Alan Menken (of Disney animation fame) and lyrics by Lynn Aherns. All are Broadway veterans with many notable shows to their credits. The show is almost entirely sung, with relatively few spoken lines, which allows Menken’s gift for melody and creativity to really shine. The ghosts are presented first to Scrooge in ordinary real-world settings before they become ghosts. I like this juxtaposition of the real world and the spiritual in the story. The visit of Jacob Marley becomes a “chorus line of the damned” with...Read More
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First thing I saw walking into rehearsal tonight was a man teaching another man how to be a wolf. I thought, "This is good". #utahtheatre.
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She’s a witch and I’m a dragon. If one of us missteps, the world explodes.
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Come and see! Holes by Louis Sachar line on stage!
Runs Sep 28,29,30 & Oct 4,5,6,7
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Our 2017-18 Season begins October 14th with The Masque of Beauty &a the Beast. #utahtheatre… https://t.co/KenAus6PmZ
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'An Enemy of The People' (from @riotacttheatre) opens tonight in SLC. I'm glad they're doing work in Utah. Goes Now-Oct 6th #utahtheatre
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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:
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LAST CHANCE TO SEE ION @WestminsterSLC !
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