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Marcie Jacobson as Golde and David Stensrud as Tevye. Photo by Justin Hackworth.

Superb acting & directing make Sundance’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF a success

SUNDANCE — There is something magical about theatre outdoors, and for summer theatre at Sundance Mountain Resort that feeling is amplified.  The performance experience is enhanced by the drive up Provo Canyon, the winding road to the resort, and the tractor ride up to the amphitheatre nestled in the mountainside.  The journey creates anticipation … [Read More...]

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Salt Lake Shakespeare

Salt Lake Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER mashup is too messy

SALT LAKE CITY — A Midsummer Night's Dream is probably the most performed of Shakespeare's comedies. It is still very funny and accessible for modern audiences and seems custom made for the summer theatre season. Salt Lake Shakespeare, celebrating it's 20th season, has become known for it's fresh and high energy takes on both popular and lesser … [Read More...]

Marcie Jacobson as Golde and David Stensrud as Tevye. Photo by Justin Hackworth.

Superb acting & directing make Sundance’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF a success

SUNDANCE — There is something magical about theatre outdoors, and for summer theatre at Sundance Mountain Resort that feeling is amplified.  The performance experience is enhanced by the drive up Provo Canyon, the winding road to the resort, and the tractor ride up to the amphitheatre nestled in the mountainside.  The journey creates anticipation … [Read More...]

Children of Eden - CenterPoint Legacy Theatre

Catch the “Spark of Creation” at CenterPoint’s CHILDREN OF EDEN

CENTERVILLE — It is astounding to me how immense the world of theatre seems to be—with so much to offer and an abundance of new material constantly being created. Yet so many theatre companies focus on the same old shows, the beloved classics. I love a classic show every now and then—and really, I can never get too much of a well-done The Music Man … [Read More...]

Tim White as the Man in Chair.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE does everything a show is supposed to do

OGDEN — On its surface, The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of musical theater in the 1920's with no fear of making the audience the butt of its jokes.  As the Man in Chair (Tim White) plays the record of his favorite classical musical, his living room becomes the stage.  As actors enter and exit through his furniture, the Man offers his commentary as … [Read More...]

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Kyle Eberlein

Interview with Kyle Eberlein, Utah Shakespeare Festival actor & cabaret organizer and co-host

CEDAR CITY — UTBA first came to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2010, coincidentally the same year that cast member Kyle Eberlein did. That year Eberlein was in the greenshow and the ensemble of Great Expectations. Since then Eberlein has worked his way up to playing important supporting roles at the Festival, and now this year he even co-hosts the Festival's cabaret. UTBA recently met with … [Read More...]

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Photo by Waldron Creative. Show closes August 9, 2014.

Shout “Yeeow!” for Utah Festival Opera’s OKLAHOMA!

LOGAN — Oklahoma! was the first musical that the very popular team of Rodgers and Hammerstein created together, and through the years it has been the subject of … [Read More...]

Show closes August 2, 2014.

Uninspiring script makes ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER struggle

SPANISH FORK — Mark Twain's 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic slice of Americana. Between the covers of the book, readers can find a … [Read More...]

Nell Geisslinger (left) as Viola (disguised as Cesario) and Grant Goodman as Orsino in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Twelfth Night. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

Utah Shakespeare Festival’s TWELFTH NIGHT justly “plays on” through the fall

CEDAR CITY — "Shakespeare wrote musicals?" I heard on my way to lobby at intermission. "Why yes, yes he did," I thought cheekily. Modern audiences sometimes … [Read More...]

Show closes August 1, 2014.

Exploitation, kindness & cruelty examined in THE ELEPHANT MAN

LOGAN — I find that true life is always more interesting than fiction. So I was fascinated to learn about Joseph “John” Merrick, a whose life forms the basis … [Read More...]

Show closes August 8, 2014.

Neil Simon Fest’s NUNSENSE is a pleasant musical

CEDAR CITY — Long before the Book of Mormon smashed it’s way on to Broadway, there was another religiously themed musical with much more modest origins. … [Read More...]

Show closes August 2, 2014.

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR is constantly hilarious

CEDAR CITY — As a devoted fan of Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, I can’t get enough of backstage comedies. That’s why I couldn’t have been more delighted to see the Neil … [Read More...]

Show closes July 30, 2014.

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN is as flat as a comic book

CEDAR CITY — Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics are some of the most beloved of all time. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brownis a musical tribute to the classic … [Read More...]

Show closes August 23, 2014.

Go INTO THE WOODS with the Echo Theatre’s charming production

PROVO — Into The Woods at the Echo Theatre is a charming production with messages about growing up, accepting responsibility, and ultimately dealing with wishes … [Read More...]

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Salt Lake Shakespeare

Salt Lake Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER mashup is too messy

SALT LAKE CITY — A Midsummer Night's Dream is probably the most performed of Shakespeare's comedies. It is still very funny and accessible for modern audiences … [Read More...]

Les Miserables - Utah Festival Opera

Utah Festival Opera’s LES MISERABLES is a powerful performance

LOGAN — Every musical theatre fan has a list of our favorite shows—the ones they can watch over and over again, and each time experience all the emotion and … [Read More...]

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