SALT LAKE CITY — From student productions to Shakespeare and historical topics to hilarity, March offers local theatrical productions that run the gamut, including two options for "Hamilton" lovers.
Universities along the Wasatch Front will stage productions starring students in each school’s theater department, featuring three dramas and a musical.
• Utah Valley University: UVU Department of Theatre will stage Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's classic drama “The Seagull.” The play explores whether the characters — each vastly different — “can reach ultimate happiness with their competing desires,” according to UVU’s website. “The Seagull” will be in UVU’s Noorda Blackbox Theatre, March 1-10, times vary, $10-$14 (801-863-8797 or uvu.universitytickets.com).
• University of Utah: University of Utah’s Department of Theatre is bringing “Up: The Man in the Flying Chair” to Studio 115 on the U. campus. According to theater licensing company Samuel French, the play focuses on Walter Griffin, a failed inventor who focuses more on reminiscing about his glory days when he took flight on a lawn chair rigged with helium balloons than on providing for his family. The U. will stage the production March 9-17, dates and times vary, Studio 115, Performing Arts Building, U., $18 for general, $15 for U. faculty and staff, seniors and military, $8.50 for non-U. Students and free for U. students (801-581-7100 or tickets.utah.edu).
• Brigham Young University: BYU’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts is offering two very different productions in March. First is “Mary Stuart,” a play loosely based upon the relationship between Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland and England's Queen Elizabeth I. “The heart of the play is an imagined meeting between the two rulers that surprises with its contemporary insights into the nature of power, femininity and kinship,” according to arts.byu.edu. The play will run March 9-24, dates and times vary, Margetts Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU, Provo, $10-$16 (801-422-2981 or arts.byu.edu).
BYU’s second production is the musical “Single Wide,” which features “a toe-tapping country/pop score” as it tells the story of a girl who lives in a small trailer park but dreams big, according to BYU’s arts events website. “Single Wide” will be in the Pardoe Theatre, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU, Provo, March 23-April 7, dates and times vary, $9-$17 (801-422-2981 or arts.byu.edu).
Comedy theaters Off Broadway Theatre and Desert Star will each open spoofs of well-known stories.
• While both Hale Center Theater Orem and CenterPoint Legacy Theatre stage actual productions of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” in March, Off Broadway Theatre stages a humorous take on the story, complete with local cultural references, with “The Little Miamaid,” March 9-April 14, Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main, $10-$16 (801-355-4628 or theobt.org).
• If you missed getting tickets to “Hamilton” at the Eccles Theater, Desert Star will offer an alternative with the parody “Spamilton,” March 22-June 2, Desert Star, 4861 S. State, $24.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 11 and under (801-266-2600 or desertstar.biz).
Other productions to pencil in
• Lin-Manuel Miranda fans have another option to see the award-winning playwright and composer’s work locally in addition to April’s touring production of “Hamilton.” Pioneer Theatre Company is scheduled to stage a concert version of “In the Heights,” the musical that garnered Miranda his first Tony Award in 2008, according to Broadway World. The concert version will be at Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, March 16, 7:30 p.m., and March 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m., $25-$40 (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org).Comment on this story
• Long before Miranda started to dominate the theater world, the Bard reigned supreme. Though Miranda’s success may be filling headlines as of late, William Shakespeare isn’t going anywhere. His work is performed so often that there are enough productions around the world to fill every hour of every day, according to The Guardian. Pioneer Theatre Company will be contributing to that statistic with its production of “Twelfth Night,” March 30-April 14, times vary, Pioneer Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East, March 16, 7:30 p.m., $25-$49 (801-581-6961 or pioneertheatre.org)
• Utah Children’s Theatre is set to bring heroic outlaw Robin Hood and other familiar characters, including Prince John, Guy of Gisbourne and the Sheriff of Nottingham, to its stage with a version of “Robin Hood” written for both children and adults to enjoy. The show runs March 2-April 7, dates and times vary, Utah Children’s Theatre, 3605 S. State Street, $16, group rates available (801-532-6000 or uctheatre.org)