Interview with Matthew Ivan Bennett

Matthew Ivan Bennett

SALT LAKE CITY — Matthew Ivan Bennett is the resident playwright at Plan-B Theatre Company.  He’s adapted stories for Plan B’s Radio Hour, as well as writing several original plays including Block 8, Di Esperienza, and Mesa Verde.  His new play A/Version of Events opens at Plan-B on March 5. How would you describe A/Version of Events? BENNETT: […]

This MAMA is Complex and Real

Photo credit Rick Pollock.

SALT LAKE CITY — Plan-B Theatre Company’s production of MAMA directed by Jerry Rapier asks the question “How do you define a mother?” Of course there is no one correct answer to this question. The playwright Carleton Bluford is interested in exploring the complexities of motherhood. The stories that are told in MAMA range from […]

Doug Fabrizio on why RadioWest and RADIO HOUR are an annual dynamic duo


SALT LAKE CITY — Plan-B Theatre Company and KUER’s RadioWest are joining forces for the ninth time this season for Radio Hour Episode 9: Grimm, a unique performance experience for both live audience and listeners to the live broadcast. RadioWest host and commentator Doug Fabrizio is known for his the quality of his journalism and his thoughtful […]

Recap of our 1000th review celebration

UTBA staff members Amber Peck, Russell Warne, and Dave Mortensen marking 1000 reviews.

OREM — This morning we published our 1000th review, putting finish to a week of celebrations of UTBA. Here are some highlights: On Monday, September 22 we had a panel on theatre criticism at Utah Valley University. Dr. John Newman moderated the panel, and the participants were Jerry Rapier (artistic director, Plan-B Theatre Company), Karen […]

The Art of Getting Seen: Artist Grant Fuhst on his work for Plan-B Theatre Company

Pilot Program, Plan-B Theatre Company

What draws you to a book, a movie trailer, or even a product? Is it the title? Usually. Is it reviews and the description? That is what probably sells you in the end, but what captures your interest in a heartbeat is the image on the cover, the still frame, or the product packaging. Theatre […]

UTBA’s celebrating 1000 reviews! You’re invited!

Free reception after the September 25 performance. Show runs September 25 to October 11.

OREM — After nearly five years of reviewing live theatre in Utah, UTBA is partnering with Utah Valley University to celebrate the 1000th UTBA review with two exciting events this month. Blood Wedding event After the opening performance of UVU’s Blood Wedding on September 25, UTBA will hold a reception to thank readers for their support […]

9 playwrights on The Lab at Plan-B Theatre Company

The Lab at Plan-B Theatre Company

If ever there were a wall on which I’d want to be the fly, this is it. The Lab at Plan-B Theatre Company is an incubator for new work by Utah playwrights. Since 2008, these monthly meetings provide opportunities for the nine participating playwrights to receive support and guidance from their peers on their current and […]

DIFFERENT=AMAZING uses children’s voices to address bullying

Tour ends March 14, 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY — Plan-B Theatre Company’s new play, Different=Amazing, is designed to provide students with realistic tools for coping with and addressing bullying. In just 40 minutes, two actors portray several true bullying stories of elementary students from Salt Lake and Davis Counties. Each short piece shows a different dimension of bullying to help students […]

Interview with actress Latoya Rhodes: Plan-B’s DIFFERENT=AMAZING

Latoya Rhodes, is one of two actors taking Plan-B's DIFFERENT=AMAZING to Utah Schools this month.

Latoya Rhodes, a 28-year old Utah resident, is passionate about finding a proactive way to reduce the bullying that takes place in today’s society. By participating in Plan-B Theatre Company’s world premier of Different=Amazing, she is hoping to have the opportunity to do just that. Having endured bullying herself, Latoya hopes that through playwright Matthew […]

If you only see one more play this year, see ERIC(A)

By Matthew Ivan Bennett

Every so often as you sit in the theatre you get a moment. The kind of moment that reminds you what true empathy is. All at once you understand a little the person on the stage, someone who felt so foreign before that night. Eric(a) is one of those moments. You see, Eric used to […]