Author: UTBA Staff

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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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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