Author: UTBA Staff

Grassroots’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE is a visit to the past

PROVO — Grassroots Shakespeare’s production of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, a play with a mix of comedic and tragic elements and a political undertone, was strengthened by a stellar performance by Shylock actor Davey Morrison Dillard. The result was a production that made for a captivating and thought provoking night at the theatre. Grassroots Shakespeare began in 2009, and their mission is to perform Shakespeare as it was performed in his day. This means they have live music, little rehearsal time, no directors, lighting, costume designer (the actors chose their own costumes), and no fourth wall, which...

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History comes alive in CenterPoint’s 1776

CENTERVILLE — A musical that so often gets poor reviews for being too tedious has become an exciting live history course on the beginning of American independence in 1776 at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre. With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and based on a book by Peter Stone and directed by Josh Richardson in this production, I saw a still life congress come to life throughout the long debate over the country’s future. Richardson does a wonderful job setting the scene with a costumed introduction, giving the audience direction to the “necessaries” with pomp and circumstance. Kristi Curtis’s light choreography...

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Feel empowered with CenterPoint’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS

CENTERVILLE — Every once and a while, there comes a piece of theatre that is poignant and comedic at the same time. When that show is found, you can’t help but feel special while watching it and thinking about it afterwards. Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling is such a show, and at CenterPoint showcased strong acting as well as great storytelling. Based partially on Harling’s real-life challenges, Steel Magnolias tells the story of a group of women who share a sacred bond and friendship that has grown from of the trials and joys they have faced together. Annelle is a new...

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2016 Critical Writing for the Arts Scholarship Winner

Today, Utah Theatre Bloggers and Plan-B Theatre Company announce the 2016 recipient of the Critical Writing for the Arts Scholarship. Special thanks to Salt Lake Acting Company and Pioneer Theatre Company for their additional support of the scholarship. The winner is chosen in a two-stage process. First, applicants must submit a review of a local theatre production. These writing samples are read thru by UTBA staff and up to nine finalists are selected to move forward. During the second stage we send each finalist to a professional theatre production hosted at one of three Equity theatres in Salt Lake City:...

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Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Fred Adams reflects on the past, looks to the future

CEDAR CITY — In our most recent visit to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, we chatted with the festival’s founder, Fred Adams. In this brief video, he talked with UTBA member Amber Peck about the Festival’s founding, the transition from the Adams Memorial Theatre to the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, directing The Taming of the Shrew multiple times at the festival and what the Festival means for him on a personal level.   To read our reviews of Utah Shakespeare Festival productions, click here. For more information about plays at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, visit...

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