Author: Zach Archuleta

CLEARING BOMBS explores fiery subject of modern economics

SALT LAKE CITY — Seventy years ago, there was a viable chance that two extremely influential minds in the world of economics sat together on a rooftop waiting for a bomb from Hitler’s Lufthansa to fall on a church. John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek both taught at Cambridge during WWII and volunteered to help clear incendiary bombs should one fall on St. Paul’s Church. Eric Samuelsen’s world premiere at Plan-B Theatre of Clearing Bombs explores the conversation they may have had with each other and one everyman, Mr. Bowles. Over the course of the evening, the two discuss the...

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UTBA reviewers sound off: EXCELLENCE IN 2013

It’s been another busy year for UTBA. In 2013 we reviewed 223 productions—our second-highest annual total. From Garden City to Ivins, our reviewers traveled the state to review plays in Utah. Below are our reviewers’ thoughts about some of the excellence they have seen in our state this year. Excellent Professional (Equity) Productions I really enjoyed Salt Lake Acting Company’s production of Good People and the amazing performance by Nell Gwynn as Margie, Plan B’s production of Eric(a).  It was very thought provoking and Teresa Sanderson‘s performance was incredible. And finally Tuacahn’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie rounds out...

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OREM — This Christmas season you’ll hopefully get to spend some time with your families. I imagine there may be some awkward moments as an uncle says something that irks you, a sibling makes a ridiculous slip of the tongue, or some niece or nephew begrudgingly or overly enthusiastically performs a talent that’s “not quite ready for prime time.” Take your original images now and magnify those by about 100 times, and you get the idea of the Farley Family Christmas at UVU.   James Arrington is the star of this one man show (which he also wrote and directed),...

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A classic comes to life in THE CAT IN THE HAT

SALT LAKE CITY — There is something incredible about the light in a child’s eyes as they really get into something just for them. I loved seeing this moment for my son at SLAC’s The Cat in the Hat, a theatre for young audiences show in which the classic book comes to life in a enjoyable way. The final product is an hour that’s “lots of fun that is funny.” The evening  started with a little preshow by the U of U Youth Theatre that had four young people help the audience learn about Dr. Seuss. The kids were rhyming,...

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To all a good night at The Zig’s ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

OGDEN — “We love Christmas Carol as much as the next theater, and if the next theater (and the next, and the next . . .) didn’t produce it every single year, we might give it a shot! We’re thrilled to bring something different . . .” That’s the beginning of the online advertisement for Ken Ludwig’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Ziegfeld Theater. The Zig provided a nice family-friendly option if you want something a little goofy and also fairly original, instead of also doing a musical knockoff of classic Christmas movies. While ‘Twas the Night Before...

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