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Laugh Your Night Away With SLAC’s ‘Saturday’s Voyeur’

Laugh Your Night Away With SLAC’s ‘Saturday’s Voyeur’

By Abigail Raasch

July 22, 2019

  In an effort to “[embrace] this peculiar place we call home,” Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) has yet again given us "Saturday’s Voyeur." This roaring production has come to us as the conclusion of SLAC’s beautiful season and is a tradition of the theater to bring laughter and fun to ...

“Wait!” Don’t Tell Me: Pygmalion Puts on a Charming Production

“Wait!” Don’t Tell Me: Pygmalion Puts on a Charming Production

By Alison Myers

February 24, 2019

  We’ve probably all had crazy summers — summers of unexpected meetings and self-discovery. I would guess that few to none have ever lived in the back of a UPS truck, shoveled bat guano out of an opera house or played the role of “Lisa” in Hamlet. If you have — contact me. Seriously,...

‘Company’ Provides Delightfully Apt Lessons in Being Single

‘Company’ Provides Delightfully Apt Lessons in Being Single

By Ray Gill

February 18, 2019

  The University of Utah Department of Theatre's production of "Company" is a playful, mature breath of fresh air. This slightly modernized version of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical comedy, which originally premiered in 1970, is about marriage and it's worth during the Silent Generation...

“Happy Death Day 2U:” A Great Experience with a Bad Movie

“Happy Death Day 2U:” A Great Experience with a Bad Movie

By Christopher Payne

February 14, 2019

  "Happy Death Day 2U" isn’t a good movie. The characters are shallow with little to no development. The narrative has a lot of potential that is entirely lost in poor writing and disappointing plot twists. As a horror film, it relies exclusively on the predictable jump scares that defined...

Sundance: ‘Late Night’ Dares Audiences to Resist Mindy Kaling’s Charm

Sundance: ‘Late Night’ Dares Audiences to Resist Mindy Kaling’s Charm

By Josh Petersen

February 6, 2019

  In “Late Night,” a new comedy that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is at a career crossroads. She is a legendary comedian and late-night talk show host with years of experience at her own show and plenty of acclaims. However, she has become...

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

By Yixin Song

February 6, 2019

  It was not until the moment in the film that Liz Cheney announced her shift of position on same-sex marriage that "Vice" finally struck me as an intimate record of a personal transformation. “Vice,” a film by director Adam McKay, whose works include “The Big Short” and “Anchorman,”...

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

Sundance: ‘The Farewell’ is a Moving, Gently Funny Family Portrait

By Josh Petersen

February 1, 2019

  Hiding your true emotions is hard. Losing a loved one is harder. To face both at the same time might be impossible. In “The Farewell,” a warm and winning film from writer-director Lulu Wang, twenty-something Billi (Awkwafina) is a struggling writer living in New York City. When Billi...

Laugh Your Stress Away With Stand-Up Comedian Ben Bailey

Laugh Your Stress Away With Stand-Up Comedian Ben Bailey

By Abigail Raasch

January 22, 2019

  Stand-up comedian Ben Bailey has a simple goal for audiences who come to his shows: “I want them to laugh until they forget about the things that suck.” When college is stressful and life is exhausting, comedians like Bailey perform to bring just a bit of humor into our everyday lives. ...

Corruption is Fun in ‘The Lion in Winter’

Corruption is Fun in ‘The Lion in Winter’

By Josh Petersen

January 9, 2019

  Even if you think that your family is hard to deal with over the holidays, you probably didn’t have to reunite with an evil mom who was locked in a tower by a maybe even more evil dad. (If that is your situation, I am deeply sorry.) This is just one of the conflicts bubbling in James Goldman’s...

“Big Love” is a Bold, Timely #MeToo Parable

“Big Love” is a Bold, Timely #MeToo Parable

By Josh Petersen

November 11, 2018

In her book “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger,” journalist Rebecca Traister argues that female rage can have great potential to inspire political change and alter the course of history. Her thesis is especially relevant in a year when issues of sexual violence, misogyny and...

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