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Talented cast saves WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST from a lacking script

SALT LAKE CITY 𑁋 What We’re Up Against is an intriguing piece that takes place inside an architecture firm and follows some female employees as they deal with work equality, gossip, betrayal, and friendship. This play in reminded me of the musical 9 to 5 in many ways, yet it is still an original and fresh story. Written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Natalia Noble, this story is fundamentally a battle of the sexes. The scene is set in the year 1992, where there is a familiar jerk of a boss, Stu. Eliza, a new female employee challenges...

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UTBA obtains non-profit status

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” In November we told our readers that UTBA is going through a period of transition. At the time we had applied for non-profit status from the IRS. We are pleased to announce an update to that application. In the words of UTBA’s legal officer, Mark Naugle: Utah Theatre Bloggers Association has been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS effective September 22, 2017. This means that the organization itself is tax-exempt as long as it does not engage in political lobbying, propaganda, or other substantial legislative activity. Intervention in political campaigns or...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2017

With the end of the year upon us, it’s time for one of our favorite annual traditions: the UTBA post about excellence on the Utah stage in the past year! These shows are not necessarily the “best” Utah stage productions of the year. Rather, they are plays that stick out in our reviewers’ minds for various reasons. There are plenty of excellent productions that do not appear on this list, and most reviewers were forced to limit the number of plays they talked about. Excellent professional (Equity) productions Some day, Newsies might replace Joseph… as Utah’s favorite musical. The...

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Hooray! Big changes coming to UTBA in 2018

Stephen Sondheim said it best: “You may know what you need, but to get what you want, better see that you keep what you have!” This quote is pertinent as UTBA undergoes an exciting period of transition that will make the organization stronger and better able to serve the Utah theatre community. What We Need Since UTBA started in January 2010, it has been run mostly through the energies of its founder, Dave Mortensen, and its managing editor, Russell Warne. Others have helped greatly along the way, including about 5 other people who have scheduled reviews, 3 other people...

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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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