Category: Theater Reviews

Reviews of Theatrical Performances in Utah

Desert Star’s Christmas Vacation: The Polarized Express Sings and Zings in the Holidays in Murray

By Liz Christensen Desert Star’s Christmas Vacation: The Polarized Express, playing this season in Murray, is a revamp of a previous holiday script by Ben Millet made more relevant by referencing this week’s headlines, national conversations, and current Utah-isms.  A few jokes are decidedly edgy but nothing offensive. Head Elf […]

Desert Star’s Christmas Vacation: The Polarized Express Sings and Zings in the Holidays in Murray

By Liz Christensen Desert Star’s Christmas Vacation: The Polarized Express, playing this season in Murray, is a revamp of a previous holiday script by Ben Millet made more relevant by referencing this week’s headlines, national conversations, and current Utah-isms.  A few jokes are decidedly edgy but nothing offensive. Head Elf […]

Examining Our Sacred Duties in An Other Theater Company’s A Doll’s House in Provo

By Susannah Whitman An Other Theater Company’s production of A Doll’s House can best be summarized in the words of one of the actors on social media: “Christmas sweaters! Macaroons! Snowmen! The toxicity of the patriarchy in our modern, local society!” The venue may seem unusual, but the production is […]

Star Ward Christmas at Off Broadway Theatre in Salt Lake City Packs in the Gags

By Liz Christensen Salt Lake City’s Star Ward Christmas, playing at Off Broadway Theatre, lays it on thick with the wordplay, puns, pop culture references and parody.  Explaining their choice of mash-ups in this new, original production, Off Broadway Theatre (OBT) sarcastically jests on its website that they are “constantly […]

Utah New Works Theatre Project’s New Works Ten Gets A Ten out of Ten

  By Joel Applegate From over 70 submissions by local playwrights, all Utah-based, The Utah New Works Theatre Projects has selected just 17 diamonds in the rough along with a few polished gems, writers, directors, and actors. The first seven plays are presented as staged readings, with a host of […]

The U’s You Never Can Tell is a 20th Century Classic That is Wonderful for 21st Century Audiences

By Brian Thomas You Never Can Tell at the University of Utah’s Babcock Theatre easily transports audiences to a British seaside town of another era. And not just in the time and place that the play is set, but You Never Can Tell also harks back to a  style of […]