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Pioneer Theatre Company: Deathtrap

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 1,2014 - Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of Ira Levin’s 1978 comedic thriller Deathtrap has been around long enough—including a film adaptation—that plenty of its surprises are bound not to be surprises for every viewer.

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Plan-B Theatre Company: 3

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Apr 1,2014 - Omnibus collections of any kind—short films, short stories, short plays—often feel only as strong as their weakest link. And then there are those pleasant rare exceptions where there really isn’t a weak link, and where the individual segments build on and inform one another to the point where it feels fully cohesive.

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Reviews: Clearing Bombs, Much Ado About Nothing

New theater productions feature smarts and slapstick

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Feb 25,2014 - Hyperbole’s a tricky business, but: If there’s a more fascinating way to explain the clash between Keynesian and laissez-faire economic theories than playwright Eric Samuelsen employs for Clearing Bombs, please point me in its direction and I will be reading the hell out of it for the foreseeable future.

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Jingle Plays

Two theater companies present family-friendly holiday productions.

By Scott Renshaw & Rob Tennant
POSTED // Dec 10,2013 - In virtually every scene where Buddy the Elf (Quinn VanAntwerp) appears in Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of Elf: The Musical, he towers over the other cast members—literally

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Review: Plan-B's Nothing Personal

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 29,2013 - “I’m not wrong!” Kenneth (Kirt Bateman) bellows at Susan (April Fossen); “I can’t be!” It’s the culmination of a battle of wills between these allegorical sta

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Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's Other Desert Cities

By Rob Tennant
POSTED // Oct 29,2013 - If Pioneer Theatre Company’s Other Desert Cities were one of your co-workers, it would be that guy down the hall who’s name is probably Jim, but you’re not sure enough to actually call him that out loud

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Review: New World Shakespeare Company's Macbeth

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Oct 29,2013 - Sound design: It’s not often that it’s the make-or-break element in a theatrical production. But New World Shakespeare Company’s production of Macbeth feels like it’s being guided by someone who doesn’t realize

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Fall at the Shakespeare Fest

Richard II and more

By Geoff Griffin
POSTED // Oct 8,2013 - With the days getting shorter and nights longer, you only have until Oct. 19 to catch the three different plays offered at the fall edition of the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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Something's Afoot @ Pioneer Theatre

Review: Goofy murder-mystery spoof offers nonstop entertaiment

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Sep 24,2013 - Musical-theater conventions are always ripe for satirical skewering; ditto for a familiar genre like the whodunit. And the combination of the two in James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach’s Something’s Afoot makes for a delightful opener for Pioneer Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 season.

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Rent @ Utah Repertory Theater

Review: Small-scale production muddles the modern classic

By Rob Tennant
POSTED // Sep 24,2013 - Rent—based largely on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, which goes to show that the trope of romanticized artistic poverty has been perpetuated by poor artists for centuries and they’re not about to stop—is a bona fide modern classic.
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