Author: UTBA Staff

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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Few errors in Grassroots’s COMEDY OF ERRORS

PROVO — With a backdrop of beautiful green trees, adorned by a purple and orange sunset sky I sat on my blanket at the BYU duck pond and patiently waited for Grassroots Shakespeare Company to blow my mind again. Last year at midnight on Halloween I watched as many of the same actors took to the stage in Titus Andronicus. I didn’t know what to expect then, and the show wouldn’t let me look at Shakespeare the same again. So, with Comedy of Errors, Grassroots Shakespeare Company had a high standard to uphold which they met—and rocketed past. Before the play even began the audience was...

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Recap of our 1000th review celebration

OREM — This morning we published our 1000th review, putting finish to a week of celebrations of UTBA. Here are some highlights: On Monday, September 22 we had a panel on theatre criticism at Utah Valley University. Dr. John Newman moderated the panel, and the participants were Jerry Rapier (artistic director, Plan-B Theatre Company), Karen Azenberg (artistic director, Pioneer Theatre Company), Barbara Bannon (theatre critic, Salt Lake Tribune and secretary for the American Theatre Critics Association), Russell Warne (managing editor, Utah Theatre Bloggers Association and member of the American Theatre Critics Association), and Lisa Hall Hagen (faculty member, Utah...

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UTBA’s celebrating 1000 reviews! You’re invited!

OREM — After nearly five years of reviewing live theatre in Utah, UTBA is partnering with Utah Valley University to celebrate the 1000th UTBA review with two exciting events this month. Blood Wedding event After the opening performance of UVU’s Blood Wedding on September 25, UTBA will hold a reception to thank readers for their support of the web site. The reception will include food, mingling, and ticket giveaways. Blood Wedding is the classic Spanish tragedy written by Federico García Lorca. The play tells the story of a rural family torn apart by passion and revenge. The UVU production is...

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Tuacahn’s THE LITTLE MERMAID has legs

IVINS — The classic children’s story The Little Mermaid, originally conceived by Hans Christian Andersen, is the story of a young mermaid princess who, although she apparently has everything, longs and reaches for something higher, something more. Through the iconic music of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater, the audience is transported from the mundane human world to become part of her world. I have three daughters who were just the right age when the 1989 Disney animated feature came out. I got to watch that movie countless times, fully ingraining the songs and story in my mind. This the first...

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