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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Theater review: "A Wall Apart"

World-premiere musical emphasizes the struggles of human separation
There's something strangely fitting about the space in which <em>A Wall Apart</em> is making its world-premiere, and not just because it places the audience on two sides of the performance space's physical divide. Where big musical productions often place the audience at a physical remove from the actors, the Backstage at the Grand Theater space finds characters close enough to the front row to touch, venturing into seating structure itself.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Utah Arts Festival 2019: Profiles in Brief

Just a few of the creative people delighting visitors this weekend.
The Utah Arts Festival is in full force once again, and one thing that is apparent when walking through the festival grounds is the diversity and talent of the artists there. The tent of landscape photographer Prajit Ravindran  is lined with scenic photos of Utah.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Movie Reviews: Dark Phoenix, The Secret Life of Pets 2, All Is True

Fast Color, The Tomorrow Man, The Souvenir
All Is True ** See feature review. Opens June 7 at Broadway Centre Cinemas and Megaplex Legacy Crossing .

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Utah's Blake Ryan learns from 'The School of Rock'

Local 12-year-old actor/musician on life in a Broadway touring company.
Blake Ryan’s journey to a Broadway touring company as a sixth-grader began, in a way, with School of Rock, and continues with School of Rock. But it seems unlikely to end there.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Celeste Ng

The best-selling author of Little Fires Everywhere on complicated women, adapting her books and necessary disruptive change.
In anticipation of Celeste Ng’s visit to Salt Lake City on Friday, May 17, in support of the paperback release of Little Fires Everywhere, we reached the author to ask her a few questions about her books—which include Little Fires Everywhere, released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything I Never Told You—and her evolution as an author, as she sees both novels go from page to screen in upcoming film and TV adaptations. City Weekly: How has your relationship with Little Fires Everywhere changed since you finished and first released it in 2017?

Monday, May 6, 2019

Theater Review: Pygmalion Theatre Co.'s "Sweetheart Come"

One of the advantages of staging a world-premiere play is the ability to treat the material as a blank canvas for creative staging ideas. Pygmalion Productions and director Mark Fossen take that notion quite literally for Melissa Leilani Larson’s Sweetheart Come—and the result is one of the most fascinating pieces of small-scale physical stagecraft on a local stage in recent years.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Siri Elaine: Rooted

While there seems to be an absence of spring outside, those itching for a rebirth can get their fix strolling indoors via a “green” carpet, in the midst of Rooted, a new garden-inspired exhibit meant to redefine the art viewing experience.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Train Tracts comes home

In our Feb. 27th issue, we wrote about the innovative collaboration, Train Tracts. And after riding the rails for a month, the results of the traveling literary journals have arrived at the station and are now on display at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City as Transcontinental: People, Place, Impact.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Disney Remakes: When You're Woke Upon a Star

Behold some socially conscious subtext for possible classic reboots.
“Might you have some suggestions for how this pop-culture juggernaut should conduct its business?” you might ask. Why yes, we do!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Theater Reviews: Plan-B ...OF COLOR and PTC's SWEAT

Two new productions explore disenfranchised lives
Stories of the disenfranchised are still rare enough in contemporary American popular culture that it’s somewhat of a surprise when you get a chance to see them. As two new local theater productions show, that doesn’t mean all such stories are created equal.

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