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Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nail Drama with ‘Downhill’

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nail Drama with ‘Downhill’

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 3, 2020

  There are particular actors that we associate with comedy as opposed to any other genre. Often, it can be difficult to think of these people in more dramatic and heartfelt roles, but skilled performers have been known to surprise — like Steve Carell in "Dan in Real Life" or Melissa McCarthy...

‘Save Yourselves!’ Satirizes Tech and Relationships with Heart

‘Save Yourselves!’ Satirizes Tech and Relationships with Heart

By Abigail Bowé, Arts Writer

February 1, 2020

  Warning: This article contains mild spoilers of "Save Yourselves!" We all know the stereotype of the tech-addicted young adult. Along with it comes the belief that such people run oblivious to real-world issues. "Maybe you would know what's going on if you put your phone down," a critic...

Brian Regan Charmed Audience at the U

Brian Regan Charmed Audience at the U

By Oakley Burt, Arts Writer

November 11, 2019

On Nov. 9, comedy fans gathered in the Jon. M Huntsman Center at the University of Utah for a night of laughs hosted by comedians Brian Regan and Jackie Kashian. Kashian opened for Regan and successfully warmed up the audience with a few self-deprecating jokes and some about middle-aged, white women....

Comedian Brian Regan Comes to U

Comedian Brian Regan Comes to U

By Oakley Burt, Arts Writer

November 5, 2019

The art of comedy is said to be in the timing. The delivery of a joke and subtle pauses for effect are essential to keeping the audience laughing. This is something that comedian Brian Regan has been perfecting in his nearly 40 years of comedy. Regan has been doing stand-up comedy since the '80s....

Web Series ‘Better with You’ Brings Audiences a Halloween Romance

Web Series ‘Better with You’ Brings Audiences a Halloween Romance

By Oakley Burt, Arts Writer

September 23, 2019

Romantic comedies are not uncommon — but romantic comedies set during Halloween are.  Apple Juice Productions has created a new original web series titled “Better With You,” set during the heart of spooky season. “Better With You” is an opposites-attract love story centered around attention-loving I...

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

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

By Abigail Raasch, Arts Writer

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, Arts Writer

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, Arts Writer

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, Assistant Arts Editor

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, Digital Managing Editor

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...

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