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 reception After the opening performance of UVU’s Blood Wedding on September 25, UTBA will hold a reception to thank readers for their […]


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 […]


Fighting words at Plan-B’s NOTHING PERSONAL

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SALT LAKE CITY — Heavy metal music blasts overhead while Susan paces the floor in soft circles. The music is cut by the occasional ringing of alarms pulsing. Susan stops, covers her ears, and waits. The heavy metal starts again and she continues to pace. Eric Samuelsen’s Nothing Personal premieres at Plan-B Theatre Company this […]


Studio 115’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD entertains and enlivens

Mark Fossen as Rosencrantz and Mark Macey as Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Jerry Rapier. Studio 115. Photo by Spencer Sandstrom.

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s refreshing as a reviewer to be able to see a show that doesn’t often grace our Utah stages. I don’t really mind seeing Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat or The Music Man yet again, but watching a new or less-produced show is always a nice change . I thus went […]


RoseXposed: Plan-B Theatre Company

GET UP AGAIN, featuring Matthew Ivan Bennett and Stephanie Howell that will tour elementary schools in the spring as part of DIFFERENT=AMAZING, presented as part of The Rose Exposed Variety Show (paid, Friday, August 30 at 8pm in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre)

Among the proliferation of theatre companies in Utah, Plan-B Theatre stands out.  Unlike most arts organizations that rely on popular, big ticket productions to provide the bread and butter needed to keep producing, Plan-B Theatre is faithfully devoted to new plays by local playwrights. Usually world premieres, the plays are generally smaller productions with a […]


Interview with Jay Perry, Utah-based actor

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The UTBA social media brigade caught up with Salt Lake-based actor Jay Perry, who has appeared in every production of Plan-B’s annual show Radio Hour, and who is a regular on Utah stages. UTBA: Tell us a little about yourself and your background. Jay: I grew up in Salt Lake and have lived here all my life, […]


GEOGRAPHY CLUB felt like a gay version of SAVED BY THE BELL

Michael S. Johnson (left) as Kevin and Mike T. Brown (right) as Russell in Brent Hartinger's Geography Club. Photo by Michele Collins.

SALT LAKE CITY — Geography Club felt like a gay version of Saved by the Bell, in the best way possible. The protagonist, Russel (Mike T. Brown), guides the audience through the halls and social moirés of his high school in a way that is instantly familiar. Remember how the most important thing in high school […]