Dead Man’s Cell Phone

The play is a charming and heartfelt piece that tackles its themes with quirky aplomb: the difficulties of intimacy in a world of technology, the inability to connect to the people right in front of us, and how much we invent ourselves and each other. Continue reading

Gee!

Holladay Arts council is currently presenting Gee!, an original play by Beth Bruner that discusses the life and legacy of Gertrude Lawrence through the eyes of those who knew her best: her husband, Richard Aldrich (played by John Garrett); her best friend, Noel Coward (played by Stephen Williams); her friend and attorney, Fanny Holtzmann (played by Debra Fink); and her former accompanist, Joe Moon (played by Dan Christensen). And perhaps the most interesting character, G (played by Corie Sorensen), a young singer and fan of the late Gertrude Lawrence who punctuates the evening singing the songs that made Gertie famous. Continue reading

Plan-B Theatre Company: Amerigo

Plan-B’s latest production is a fascinating argument between Christopher Columbus (played by Mark Fossen) and Amerigo Vespucci (played by Matthew Ivan Bennett), about who deserves to be called the true “discoverer of America”. An argument that is causing an uproar in Purgatory, and forces the issue to be moderated by Niccolo Machiavelli (played by Kirt Bateman), and judged by Mexican poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (played by Deena Marie Manzanares). The argument, funny at times, poignant in its modern relevancy at others, is both thought provoking and engaging, and well worth experiencing for yourself. Continue reading

Plan-B Theatre Company: “Wallace”

Wallace is comprised of the solo plays Fire, based on the writings of Wallace Thurman adapted by Jenifer Nii, and Where I Come From, based on the writings of Wallace Stegner, adapted by Debora Threedy. Continue reading

Wasatch Theater Company: “Six Degrees of Separation”

Say “Six Degrees of Separation” and most people remember the 1993 film starring Will Smith, with no prior knowledge that it was a play penned by John Guare– let alone a play based on real events. In the early 1980s, a young black man by the name of David Hampton began a long career as a confidence man, posing as Sidney Poitier’s son in order to gain entrance to upscale venues and the homes of several well-to-do New York City residents. Continue reading

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