Interview with Kyle Eberlein, Utah Shakespeare Festival actor & cabaret organizer and co-host

Kyle Eberlein

CEDAR CITY — UTBA first came to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2010, coincidentally the same year that cast member Kyle Eberlein did. That year Eberlein was in the greenshow and the ensemble of Great Expectations. Since then Eberlein has worked his way up to playing important supporting roles at the Festival, and now this year he […]


Difficult to adapt to this SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Larry Middleton (back) as Sir John Middleton, Maryann Towne (left) as Mrs. Henry Dashwood, Kathleen Brady as Mrs. Jennings, Sarah Greenman as Lady Middleton, and Cassandra Bissell as Elinor Dashwood in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 premiere production of Sense and Sensibility. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — I have never adapted a novel into a stage production, but I imagine it must be a difficult process. Becausee most audiences aren’t interested in six plus hours in a theater, the content needs to be cut down significantly. So what ought to be included? What can the audience do without? And […]


COMEDY OF ERRORS strikes gold

Aaron Galligan-Stierle (left) as Dromio of Syracuse, Drew Shirley as Antipholus of Ephesus, Chris Amos as Antipholus of Syracuse, and Misha Fristensky as Dromio of Ephesus in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of The Comedy of Errors. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — Mistaken identity runs rampant in Shakespeare‘s The Comedy of Errors,  a farcical romp that is given new life in director Brad Carroll‘s wild west interpretation of this comedic favorite. When Egeon of Syracuse is given news of his impending death for reasons of trespassing upon Ephesus soil, a law enacted against those of […]


HENRY IV, PART ONE explores honor and history

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Henry IV Part One. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — In a moment of atypical solemnness the lovable drunkard Falstaff asks,  “What is honour? A word. What is in that word honour? What is that honour? Air.” So sets one of the heavier themes of Henry IV, Part One. This story, a continuation of the tale begun in Richard II and continued on […]


INTO THE WOODS was all I could wish for

Melinda Pfundstein (left) as Baker’s Wife and Brian Vaughn as Baker in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Into the Woods. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — I have four kids; my oldest is nine. It’s safe to say that I’ve watched my fair share of children’s television in my lifetime, and I have come to admire and truly appreciate the writers in that genre that not only appeal to the munchkins at home, but also to their parents. […]


MEASURE FOR MEASURE not a “problem play” at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Steve Wojtas as Angelo in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 production of Measure for Measure. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014.)

CEDAR CITY — A sense of doom hangs over most of Measure for Measure as Claudio sits in prison awaiting his execution. With a death warrant signed by Angelo, the temporary ruler of Vienna as the duke travels abroad, Claudio and his friends fret about his impending death, feeling completely hopeless as the hours tick by. […]


Use THE TAMING OF THE SHREW tour to introduce kids to Shakespeare

Malloree Hill (left) as Katherina and Tom Littman as Petruchio in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Shakespeare-in-the-Schools production of The Taming of the Shrew. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright 2014 Utah Shakespeare Festival.)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Taming Of The Shrew is by far one of my top favorite Shakespeare plays. With witty humor and a cast of out right hilarious characters, the play is a natural introduction for young audiences into the world of Shakespeare. The story involves Petruchio and his wooing of Katherina, who is the […]


UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2013

A scene from the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Peter and the Starcatcher. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

It’s been another busy year for UTBA. In 2013 we reviewed 223 productions—our second-highest annual total. From Garden City to Ivins, our reviewers traveled the state to review plays in Utah. Below are our reviewers’ thoughts about some of the excellence they have seen in our state this year. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions I really […]


RICHARD II is second to none

Brian Vaughn (left) as Earl of Northumberland, Dan Kremer as John of Gaunt and Dan Frezza as Edmund of Langley in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of Richard II. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — One line from the title character encapsulates Richard II at the Utah Shakespeare Festival: “Now mark me how I will undo myself.” As the play unfolds, the audience watches a monarch who is overthrown because of shortsighted decisions and a philosophical inflexibility that prevents him from adapting to the forces of change […]


THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES lives up to its name

Natalie Storrs (left) as Betty Jean, Cate Cozzens as Suzy, Victoria Cook as Missy, and Barbara Jo Bednarczuk as Cindy Lou in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespeare Festival 2013.)

CEDAR CITY — It’s hard to imagine a more fitting title for The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. At the risk of sounding cliché, marvelous and wonderful truly are the best words to describe this show. It’s not hard to see why. The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s staff brought in the musical’s creator, Roger Bean, […]