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Monday, April 30, 2018

Listen to His Declaration

'Hamilton' star criticizes SLC audience's cell-phone behavior.
The era of the cell phone  and its perpetual distraction isn't always kind to live performances.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Theater Review: Hamilton

A fascinating musical is more than just the sum of its songs.
The touring company of Hamilton arrives in Salt Lake City with the ferocious buzz of a superstar pop band coming to town—but a piece of theater isn't the same as a group coming on stage to play the hits. There are things you can't know about a show simply by listening to the songs, no matter how many times you listen to them.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Theater Review: Fun Home

Powerful musical finds emotion in thoughts left unfinished
What you notice first about the songs in Fun Home is that they're not entirely complete.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: Plan-B Theatre Co./Sackerson's THE WEIRD PLAY

There's a certain freedom that comes from not attempting to puzzle a creative work out logically. Jennifer Nii's The Weird Play erupts from some place deep in the creative amygdala, a questing exposed nerve of a play that's both simpler and more complicated than any synopsis could distill.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Pasifika First Fridays

New showcase for Pacific Islander artists kicks off.
A monthly showcase for Pacific Islander artists launches March 2, organized in part by a returning Utah native.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Theater Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's 'i'

Let the mystery of this boy-meets-girl story unfold.
There is a piece of popular culture of the last 20 years which would make an ideal point of comparison for Jeff Talbott’s i, now receiving its world-premiere production at Pioneer Theatre Company. But naming that particular point of comparison would be saying too much—and that’s just one of the things that makes it hard to talk about i.

Monday, February 5, 2018

"Hamilton" Tour SLC Single Tickets Available Friday

Get ready to see the Broadway smash.
With Salt Lake City preparing to get Hamilton fever in the spring, additional tickets will be made available for purchase this week. And you don't want to be throwing away ... your ... shot.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Movie Reviews: Phantom Thread, 12 Strong, Hostiles

Forever My Girl, Den of Thieves
As the Sundance Film Festival rolls into Utah, local multiplexes offer mostly testosterone-fueled new releases, plus one of the best of 2017 arriving at last. 12 Strong (pictured) attempts a real-life story with unabashed military hero-worship, and pulls it off about as effectively as one could hope for.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Movie Reviews: The Commuter, The Post, Paddington 2, Call Me By Your Name

My Friend Dahmer, Proud Mary
Oscar contenders finally hit Utah screens, plus a pair of genre action films and one delightful little bear. The whole concept of "ripeness" permeates the gay coming-of-age romance of Call Me By Your Name.  Director Jaume Collet-Serra once again highlights Liam Neeson as steely Everyman badass in The Commuter (pictured).

Friday, December 15, 2017

Movie Reviews: The Shape of Water, The Last Jedi, Ferdinand, Wonder Wheel

Star Wars dominates the multiplexes, but a couple of celebrated directors also appear in local theaters this weekend. Only Vittorio Storaro's cinematography salvages the guilt-deflecting storytelling nonsense of Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel (pictured).

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