Author: Megan Crivello

Playwright Jenifer Nii on the key to creating KINGDOM OF HEAVEN for Plan-B

Plan-B Theatre Company closes their 25th anniversary season with an all new original musical written by Jenifer Nii (Suffrage, The Scarlet Letter, and this year’s touring children’s piece Ruff!) and composed by longtime Plan-B contributor Dave Evanoff.  Kingdom of Heaven opens March 31 and invites audiences to join lead character Mary Jane on her journey to authenticity. True to Plan-B’s mission of producing socially conscious theatre, this new piece touches on hot-button topics like gender identity, societal roles, acceptance within religious communities, and defying conventional expectations. Here, Nii reveals some of her influences and inspirations that contributed to the process...

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS at PTC with a modern message

SALT LAKE CITY — Edwardian England is often painted as a romantic time of peace and rapid progress; a cozy lull between rigid Victorianism and the horror of the first World War where the class divide was vast but innocuous and technology was considered unstoppable. Audiences have since been exposed to the truth of these charming historical fallacies in movies like Titanic and television shows like Mr. Selfridge and the beloved Downton Abbey. Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley has all of the lavish trappings of the Crawley estate mixed with the classic mystery components of an Agatha Christie...

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PTC’s TWO DOLLAR BILL trying to be too many things

SALT LAKE CITY-  In 2007, writer T.J. Brady heard an NPR story about former dean of admissions at MIT Marilee Jones and the scandal surrounding the revelation that she had falsified university degrees in order to enhance her qualifications. This shocking story inspired Brady (a television writer and producer known for his work on Army Wives, The 100, and Lie to Me) to draft Two Dollar Bill, currently in its world premiere at Pioneer Theatre Company. This dramatization set in the present day about an Ivy League professor that is forced to confront a misrepresentation from his past asks some truly provocative...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE in 2015

At the end of every year at UTBA we collect our members’ thoughts on the excellent shows they have seen that year. And for the fifth year in a row, it is clear that the Utah theatre scene is vibrant, with entertainment options available for patrons of all types. Below are the shows that stick out in our reviewers minds as 2015 draws to a close. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions Who would have thought that a farce written in the 1890’s would still be belly-aching funny 120 years later? The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s take on Charley’s Aunt was phenomenal all around:...

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Plan-B playwright Rob Tennant on being BOOKSMART

Plan-B Theatre Company is celebrating 25 years of producing new, relevant, and socially conscious plays for sold-out Utah audiences. Part of Plan B’s involvement in serving its community through art are the producing partnerships for new work by local playwrights like the Lab (originally a partnership with Meat & Potato Theatre Company), the Script in Hand series, and the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. The Davey theatre grants started last year with Plan-B’s world premiere of Mama by Carleton Bluford and continued with a week long workshop and staged reading of Katherine Vondy’s The Fermi Paradox at...

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