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- Maybe it's just because I notice it more now, but this year at the festival has been absolutely unbelievable in terms of costume design I've never seen so many shows where the costumes help tell the storybook well.August 17, 2016 4:23 pm on Utah Shakespeare Fest’s JULIUS CAESAR has nothing to fear
- I have to say, I *LOVE* this costume design. Great way to bridge the past and the present. Also, the principle behind the costume design costume for this show is incredibly faithful to the way Shakespeare's actors would have costumed themselves. Brilliant work USF!August 17, 2016 4:23 pm on Utah Shakespeare Fest’s JULIUS CAESAR has nothing to fear
- Everyone go see this!August 3, 2016 5:24 pm on A new perspective on grief through AN OAK TREE
- I totally understand that having a large and varying group writing for you would have differing opinions-and it IS a big task. I can appreciate that. I'll have to see if I can remember specific shows I read things about... I would LOVE to share information about the scholarship. Do you have a link that gives me more info?
- I apologize if I came off insulted. I'm not. I'm trying to elevate the discussion on Utah theatre and it's never going to be awesome unless more people do it. I'm sorry if I've offended, too. Yes, UTBA's reviews are inconsistent. It's a collection of volunteer patrons (with varying degrees of experience) writing about nearly every show that requests a reviewer. It's a monumental task. I'm sorry that you've read things you've felt were cruel. I would welcome a personal message so I can take a closer look at them. I'm not involved in the day-to-day or editorial content, but I can help. And please encourage UVU students to apply for our critical writing scholarship next year. It's judged by the three SLC-based Equity houses. I would love to see a Utah County student to win sometime.
- I didn't mean to make it a personal attack. And yes, they can absolutely use some criticism, but I've read some pretty cruel things. And although not every show is good (we've all seen our fair share of terrible theatre) every production has something positive about it-because it is people making art. I am not a reviewer-nor do I plan to be, but as a professional and a consumer of theatre, if I read even a few reviews that have nothing good to say or seem poorly written, those reviews represent the whole. UTBA isn't the only review I'm disinclined to read-but for different reasons. I know some of the reviewers for UTBA, and respect their opinions immensely-but I have found it to be inconsistent. I apologize that you took this as a personal insult.
- I've yet to see a review in Utah that levies personal attacks on artists. As for students I think it's valuable to receive criticism. Utah's negative reviews are pale when compared to the biting commentary on the national and international scenes. UTBA always welcomes readers that feel they would do better to apply and write for the site. And if they don't want to write for ours, then please start their own. More public discussion of theatre in Utah can only help.
- Yes and no. You must be able to back up your opinion of a production with thought. You can't just hate it for no reason. I also really dislike when reviewer aggressively attack performers, particularly students, who are learning their craft for their performance. And sometimes they completely neglect to even mention design. All poor quality reviews in my humble opinion.
- Oh, La. Every review/article out there is hit or miss for quality and bias. Take them as one patron's perspective. I believe every patron's opinion in my audience is worth hearing and receiving. I just have to remember to take praise with as many grains of salt that I do criticism.
- :) I'll read it after Friday then...
- It's very fair. But it might spoil the show for you if you haven't seen it yet ;)August 3, 2016 4:23 pm on A new perspective on grief through AN OAK TREE
- Is it fair review? Their reviews are hit & miss for quality & bias so I usually won't read them.August 3, 2016 4:23 pm on A new perspective on grief through AN OAK TREE
- I appreciate what you're trying to accomplish with The Fringe. And we received such great feedback from women who had suffered that I feel good about out attempts to shine the light. It's a revelation that the issues relating to women were ignored in a production that works so hard to bring them to light. Especially by a woman. It's also disconcerting to be seen as racially insensitive in our attempts to look at other issues in the text. Perhaps we took on too much for a one hour production. Hopefully, there will be women strengthened by our production though.August 3, 2016 3:24 pm on Too much missing in Dark Lady Shakespeare’s MAD OTHELLO
- With our writers covering so many shows at Fringe we lowered the minimum word count down to just 300 (still more than many news outlets). Considering this is just one patron's perspective it might be worth seeking commentary on those themes from other patrons. There so many perspectives out there that ought to be heard.August 3, 2016 2:23 pm on Too much missing in Dark Lady Shakespeare’s MAD OTHELLO
- I would appreciate hearing the reviewers thoughts on the issues we did cover : domestic violence and spousal rape. I expected an opinion at least.August 3, 2016 2:23 pm on Too much missing in Dark Lady Shakespeare’s MAD OTHELLO
- Dave Mortensen we'd love that.
- Yes, an interview or a roundtable. It's something to talk about. I'll think about who would be good to be involved.
- In thinking about it, it feels like a conversation is a better format than an essay. Like an interview rather than a blog post. Would you be amenable to something like that, Dave? Something similar to the talkback sessions we had at the junkyard?
- It's the last paragraph of the article that sits at the heart of what we are doing at Dark Lady Shakespeare. :)August 3, 2016 11:24 am on Too much missing in Dark Lady Shakespeare’s MAD OTHELLO
- I think sharing your process and thoughts with the audience is almost essential in situations like these.August 3, 2016 11:24 am on Too much missing in Dark Lady Shakespeare’s MAD OTHELLO