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Talented cast saves WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST from a lacking script

SALT LAKE CITY 𑁋 What We’re Up Against is an intriguing piece that takes place inside an architecture firm and follows some female employees as they deal with work equality, gossip, betrayal, and friendship. This play in reminded me of the musical 9 to 5 in many ways, yet it is still an original and fresh story. Written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Natalia Noble, this story is fundamentally a battle of the sexes. The scene is set in the year 1992, where there is a familiar jerk of a boss, Stu. Eliza, a new female employee challenges...

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Make yourself at home in BYU’s SINGLE WIDE

PROVO — Somewhere west of Steel Magnolia’s Louisiana, and south of Oklahoma! is a small Texas trailer park, where five strong women struggle to make a living and make sense of their love lives, accompanied by upbeat country music.  Such is the setting of Single Wide, a new musical by George Nelson, Maclain Nelson, and Jordan Kamalu, premiering at Brigham Young University under the direction of Megan Sanborn Jones. It’s a play that might have a real chance to go someplace bigger. Single Wide (a term for small-sized manufactured homes) grew out of a collaborations between a BYU theater professor and...

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Covey’s BAREFOOT IN THE PARK cures the winter blues

PROVO — As the saying goes, “Opposites attract.” But can they manage to stay together? The Covey Center for the Arts production of Barefoot in the Park, expertly directed by Robinne Booth, is a charming case study of the problem, perfect for a date-night out or just a way to take one’s mind off the dinginess of late winter. The play begins with no one on stage—just an almost empty, dumpy “brown stone” apartment, with a paint cloth and an empty paint can conspicuously in the center of the floor.  Someone has been trying to spruce the place up.  Enter a pretty...

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UTBA obtains non-profit status

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” In November we told our readers that UTBA is going through a period of transition. At the time we had applied for non-profit status from the IRS. We are pleased to announce an update to that application. In the words of UTBA’s legal officer, Mark Naugle: Utah Theatre Bloggers Association has been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS effective September 22, 2017. This means that the organization itself is tax-exempt as long as it does not engage in political lobbying, propaganda, or other substantial legislative activity. Intervention in political campaigns or...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2017

With the end of the year upon us, it’s time for one of our favorite annual traditions: the UTBA post about excellence on the Utah stage in the past year! These shows are not necessarily the “best” Utah stage productions of the year. Rather, they are plays that stick out in our reviewers’ minds for various reasons. There are plenty of excellent productions that do not appear on this list, and most reviewers were forced to limit the number of plays they talked about. Excellent professional (Equity) productions Some day, Newsies might replace Joseph… as Utah’s favorite musical. The...

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