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Theater Review: Mercury at SLAC

· The ghosts of the fights of relationships past are waiting to haunt you ·

Salt Lake Acting Company

There are many plays out there that fall into a category that I like to call: “Alvy Singer rewrites his relationship history with Annie Hall.” Mercury, onstage now at Salt Lake Acting Company, falls into this category, only with more blood and a disemboweled bear. I’m talking here about the propensity  of playwrights to fill…

Preview: River.Swamp.Cave.Mountain at Plan B

· Annual Elementary School Tour Kicks Off Oct. 14 ·

Because you are likely to be an adult, you no doubt know Plan B Theatre Company is the premiere house staging locally written, original plays. But did you also know that each fall,  the company produces a charming children’s theater production and tours it around to 40 Title I elementary schools across the state? This…

Review: An American in Paris at the Eccles

· An American in Paris is formal musical theater. Full of flawless moments, at times, bloodless ·

Subtlety in these days is difficult. Subtle doesn’t shove plot points down your throat or play the hits. It doesn’t make lewd jokes. Subtle does not rock, neither does it roll. There are no puppets in starring roles and no one flies on wires or enters from down the aisle. Subtle unfolds itself quietly and…

Preview: Mercury at SLAC

(Actually, it’s a “co-world premiere,” the same play will be simultaneously opening at the Stray Cat Theater in Phoenix, Ariz., which is a thing strapped arts groups are doing now.) Details are sketchy about this SLAC-described “horror comedy” where three intertwined plots collide with grimly hilarious (we hope) results. Outside of Portland, Oregon audiences will…

Will Utah Rep Stay or Go?

· Company told only family friendly plays welcome at the Sorenson Unity Center. Mayor's office walks that back, sort of. ·

Utah Rep’s purpose, says artistic director Johnny Hebda, is to tackle challenging works of theater that aren’t often performed in Utah where audiences tend to favor performances that range from Rodgers and Hammerstein to not much further south than Stephen Sondheim.

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

· A murdered dog sparks a journey of discovery for a special boy in Pioneer Theatre Company’s premiere of the Broadway hit. ·

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was one of those books, the one that everybody was reading way back in 2005. You can picture its red jacket on your nightstand or a friend’s bookshelf, right? In the decade-plus since, Mark Haddon’s novel was developed as a play that became a sleeper Broadway…

Rose Exposed…The Sky is Falling

This year, the Performing Arts Coalition presents Rose Exposed…The Sky is Falling!  Marking six years of “exploration, hoopla and provocative entertainment,” Rose Exposed features short works from all six resident companies of Rose Wagner Performance Center. Each work is created around a specific and current unifying theme. The Sky is Falling theme is inspired by…