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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2014

December is full of annual traditions, and at UTBA our favorite is our yearly blog post about the excellence we saw on the Utah stage during the year. In 2014 UTBA reviewed 200 productions, which means we had plenty of great shows to choose from. Here are the plays that at the end of the year we remember most fondly. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions There were so many excellent professional productions in Utah this year, it’s hard to make just a short list. My favorites include Salt Lake Acting Company’s 4,000 miles, the national tour of Bring It On,...

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A matchless MUCH ADO ABOUT ZOMBIES at the Covey

PROVO – Directed by renowned Utah playwright Eric Samuelsen, Shakespeare’s classic comedy receives a dramatic retelling at the Covey Center for the Arts, just in time for Halloween. Much Ado About Zombies, based on Shakespeare’s famous Much Ado About Nothing, is a new play written by Provo’s own Becky Baker. This adaptation melds Shakespeare’s language and well-known characters with zombies and steampunk, making it quite the transformation. Set in an imagined past in Italy, the play is not bounded by history or reality. Zombies become characters and the science fiction of a steampunk world is all encompassing. Much Ado...

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A powerful ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD at Westminster College

SALT LAKE CITY – A beautiful retelling of a horrific true story, Elephant’s Graveyard, is the current production on the stage at Westminster College. Yet, the cast provides this beautiful play with an unflinching production. In only about an hour’s time, Elephant’s Graveyard tragically portrays the story of a town, a circus, a railroad, a man with red hair, and an elephant. Written by George Brant, the play fictionalizes the real account of the only known lynching of an elephant in the early twentieth century. Back in 1916, during the height of the American circus, the Sparks circus was gaining its...

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IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY leaves you begging for more

SALT LAKE CITY – IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play presented by The University of Utah’s Department of Theatre is a hilariously gratifying and inspirational polished production. IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play examines a time in the late nineteenth century at the dawn of the age of electricity, shortly after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. By this time, electrical vibrators had been invented for the purpose of treating hysteria. Dr. Givings (Matthew Windham) is a doctor who administers this massage treatment to patients, with the help of his assistant, Annie (Jasmin Peterson). Meanwhile,...

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GRANT & TWAIN provides insight into America’s history

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake Acting Company’s world premiere of Grant & Twain, directed by Keven Myhre, is a dramatically charged look into the latter half of the nineteenth century, with a focus on two of America’s great men in history, Ulysses S. Grant and Mark Twain. Grant & Twain begins late in Ulysses S. Grant’s (Marshall Bell) life, after his role of union general in the Civil War and eighteenth President of the United States has passed. After being swindled out of all of his money in a Ponzi scheme, Grant is beginning to lose his admiration...

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