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Sackerson’s SCARLET stings with honest sincerity

SALT LAKE CITY — It should be no surprise to anyone that sexual harassment and assault has perverted American society for a long time. With the recent eruption of the #MeToo movement, these issues are now more prominent than ever. Directed by Lisa Hall Hagen, and assisted by Elizabeth Golden, Sackerson delves into this harsh reality with Scarlet, a new play by Sam H. Freeman. The play, likely gaining its name from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, is powerful and heart-rending. A note from one of the actor’s states, “1 in 3 women experience sexual assault [a...

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“Come to the FUN HOME” at SLAC

SALT LAKE CITY — Winning five Tony awards in 2015, including best musical, Fun Home became Broadway’s first ever musical to feature a prominent lesbian lead. With music by Jeanine Tesori, and the book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, Fun Home is based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. The musical has had Utah roots since its conception, as it was developed at Sundance Theatre Labs in 2012 and 2013. Director Jason Bowcutt has been anxiously awaiting his opportunity to bring Fun Home back to Utah to premiere it at the Salt Lake Acting...

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Sackerson’s ETIQUETTE explores communication in an unforgettable experience

SALT LAKE CITY – Advertised as an immersive experience for two, Etiquette is a theatrical experience like none other. Arriving at our table within the café, my husband and I sat across from each other, not knowing what to anticipate. In front of us lay 2 sets of headphones, water glasses, and various objects. We were told simply to listen to the sound coming through our headphones, and do as instructed. Created by Rotozaza, a UK based company, and written by Ant Hampton and Silvia Mercuriali, Etiquette is a half-hour long exchange between two people in a public place,...

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Living a label at Utah Rep’s STRAIGHT

SALT LAKE CITY – In a world where labels seem to be increasingly significant, individuals are constantly reaching out for ways to define their identity, or to reject it. Labels are unavoidable, and at times seem to come naturally. Although it can be nice to easily explain who you are by a few words, this is also exactly the problem with labels. Straight explores how one word cannot completely encapsulate an individual. As with sexuality, labels are often fluid and possibly ever-changing. Society wants people to fall into these perfectly defined types, but this rarely happens, as labels certainly do...

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Gorge yourself on An Other Theater Company’s FAT PIG

PROVO – Neil Labute’s Fat Pig uses a simplistic “boy meets girl” plot to exploit complex issues around female bodies. After Tom, a conventionally attractive man, falls in love with a plus-size woman named Helen, he must learn how to navigate this new relationship within his public and private life. Tom’s “struggle” throughout takes a hard look at society’s perceptions and criticism of women’s bodies, and how everyone is influenced by this. My first impression of the acting in this production was that it was overdone and insincere. Actions were quite bold and extreme for such an intimate setting....

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