Tag: Liz Christensen

Sensational Juanito Bandito’s Christmas Carol from Pickleville Playhouse in Salt Lake Now

By Liz Christensen Pickleville Playhouse’s Juanito Bandito’s Christmas Carol playing at The Grand Theatre is a flawless production.  Beginning with Mr. Grimm’s (Nathan Kremin) hilarious pre-show announcements, and ending with the casts’ post-show request for the audience to donate to “Operation Underground Railroad,” a non-profit assisting in the rescue of […]

Five Carols for Christmas Filled with Fifties Fun in Midvale

By Liz Christensen Sugar Factory Playhouse’s Five Carols for Christmas is a quick, cute holiday show about five best friends named “Carol” who enjoy singing together and traditionally put on a Christmas show in their small-town school.  A 30-minute Act I involves their pre-show preparations and a slightly longer Act […]

White Christmas Has Charm and Class in Kaysville

By Liz Christensen White Christmas, at Hopebox Theatre in Kaysville, is a nostalgic holiday evening of courtship, show business, patriotism, and excellent music.  Created as a film in 1954 to showcase Irving Berlin’s smash songs, particularly a new version of his popular “White Christmas,” and starring Bing Crosby, this musical […]

Don’t Miss Artaban, the Other Wise Man, the Musical This Weekend

By Liz Christensen Artaban, the Other Wise Man, the Musical, produced by Under the Sun Productions, Inc, runs in Millcreek this weekend only and is worth any last-minute adjustments to your schedule to see it.  An original musical by Daniel Carter, this previously-staged concert has been redeveloped into a full-fledged […]

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 […]

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 […]

Be on the Edge of Your Seat at On Pitch Performing Arts’ And Then There Were None in Layton

By Liz Christensen And Then There Were None, On Pitch Performing Arts’ production staged at Pitched Perfectly Studios in Layton, is an engaging ride through comedy, mystery, suspicion, and suspense. If you are looking for a seasonal thrill without the gore, occult, or sex that typically accompany fall drama and […]