Grant Goodman (left) as Macbeth and Michael Brusasco as Macduff in the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s 2010 production of Macbeth. (Photo by Karl Hugh. Copyright Utah Shakespearean Festival 2010.)

CEDAR CITY — Without question, one of the most important theatrical events of the year in Utah is the beginning of the Utah Shakespearean Festival‘s season.  As the only Tony Award winning theatre company in the state, the Utah Shakespearean Festival has been the pinnacle of theatrical achievement in Utah for decades.

UTBA was thrilled to be invited to the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s 2010 opening performances.  Early Thursday morning, UTBA founder Dave Mortensen, assistant editor Russell Warne, and reviewer Julia Shumway met together and traveled to Cedar City as a group in order to experience the opening performances of all six of the festival’s current productions.  The three of us will watch all six plays, review two productions, and respond to one another’s reviews.  In total, you’ll have three separate perspectives of all six shows for you to enjoy.

In addition to watching the productions, writing reviews, insulting one another’s opinions, and engaging in childish name calling, we’re busy generating other Festival-related content.  Our hope is that we can either prepare you for your visit to the Festival, or help you feel a little bit like you’re down here in Cedar City.  Look for our reviews starting Friday.  We’ll likely post one each day through Wednesday.

Not all content is available on the UTBA site.  We’re posting most of our photos on our Facebook profile page.  We’re also twittering like mad in order to give you real time updates on what we’re doing.  You can follow us (UtahTheaterBlog) or join in the conversation by using the hashtags #utba and #utahshakes.  Finally, we’re also updating our Facebook status whenever possible.  So, keep up with us and enjoy some of the best theatre of Utah along with us.