BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
There’s more to theater than just well-loved musicals.
Theater companies throughout both Salt Lake and Ogden focus on introducing audiences to the world beyond “Oklahoma” and “South Pacific.” Whether championing local playwrights, examining social issues, or uncovering less well-known work from the masters, these companies offer audiences a more varied onstage experience.
Salt Lake Acting Company
Though best known for its annual “Saturday’s Voyeur” variety show, the theater company offers a varied season including comedies, dramas and children’s plays. This past year, their season has included everything from the Broadway transplant “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” to “Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type.”
SLAC also regularly offers world premiers of new plays, as it will for their upcoming production of “The Exit Interview.” The comedy imagines the exit interview of professor Dick Figg, mixing politics, religion, sex and Brechtian philosophy. Tickets are available at saltlakeactingcompany.org.
Plan-B Theatre Company
This theater company focuses on new work by local playwrights, particularly those that tackle social issues. Their current play, “Suffrage,” focuses on polygamy and Utah’s place as the second state in the U.S. to give women the vote. It runs now through April 14, and tickets are available at planbtheatre.org.
In June, Plan-B will stage a script-in-hand performance of “Reykjavik,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Rhodes. The play dramatizes the 1986 summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikael Gorbachev over whether to abolish their countries’ nuclear weapons. The event is free, but tickets are required.
Good Company Theatre
Still in the middle of its first season, Ogden’s Good Company Theatre focuses on offering lesser-known dramas with an excellent pedigree. Their current show, “Cowboy Mouth,” is a slightly surreal two-person play by the actor and playwright Sam Shepherd and the rocker Patti Smith. Later in the season will be August Wilson’s “Fences” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Passion.”
The only break from the overall theme is Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” which will be on the Good Company Stage this summer. It’s likely that the play will receive a unique staging or will be otherwise re-envisioned in some way.
For tickets and more information, visit www.goodcotheatre.com.