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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Theater Review: Salt Lake Acting Company's "A Funny Thing Happened ..."

The title of Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unity at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City certainly is a mouthful, but it’s also kind of fitting for a play that packs a lot into its 95 minute running time. At once a romantic comedy, a sex farce, a mother-daughter relationship drama and a study of grief and loss, it brings an acidic comic sensibility to potentially maudlin subject matter, and the combination manages to help both go down more smoothly.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Theater Review: Pioneer Theatre Company's 'Oslo'

A fact-based story explores the power of building trust between enemies.
Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of J.T. Rogers’ Oslo  (running through Sept. 29) begins with a seemingly innocuous bit of table-setting. Two Norwegian couples share drinks together circa 1993: Sociologist Terje Rød-Larsen (Jeff Talbott) and his diplomat wife, Mona Juul (Kate Middleton); and incoming Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Johan Jorgen Holst (Ian Bedford) and his wife Marianne (Susanna Florence).

Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 Urban Arts Festival announces headliner Chali 2na

The 2018 Urban Arts Festival announced hip-hop stalwart Chali 2na as headliner for the eighth annual event, allowing him to showcase both his music and his visual arts.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Utah Arts Festival: Traveling Poet for Hire

Atlanta's Ryan J. hits SLC living the spoken-word dream
For a would-be artist, it can be a challenge convincing your parents that you can make a living doing that work, and that you don't need to "get a real job."

Friday, June 22, 2018

Utah Arts Festival 2018: Wall Dancing

Bandaloop turns modern dance on its ear
The Utah Arts Festival offers plenty of earthbound pleasures, from musical performances to a markeplace teeming with visual artists.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Come on Trixie, Let’s Go Party

Svelte icon Trixie Mattel on success, prison-sex fantasies and being that bitch.
The Milwaukee native, speaks with City Weekly about Mormons, the perils of intimate fan encounters and pee color.

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.

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