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‘The Rivals’ Delights with Witty Humor and Sharp Performances

‘The Rivals’ Delights with Witty Humor and Sharp Performances

By Christopher Payne

April 14, 2019

  Ten minutes into the University of Utah’s production of “The Rivals,” I was entirely lost. I only understood every two in five words. I couldn’t have said which characters were which or who knew whom. I’m not one for traditional theater, and this show reinforced my initial misgivings with...

Dancers Will Take Over the U at the Upcoming ACDA Conference

Dancers Will Take Over the U at the Upcoming ACDA Conference

By Abigail Raasch

March 6, 2019

  Spring break is upon us. What does this mean? As most students will depart from the University of Utah, leaving it barren and lifeless, 530 collegiate dancers and their adjoining faculty will be taking over campus. The American College Dance Association (ACDA), founded in 1973, will be hosting their Northwest ...

‘Men on Boats:’ A Flowing Triumph of Adventure and Danger

‘Men on Boats:’ A Flowing Triumph of Adventure and Danger

By Madge Slack

March 3, 2019

  “Men on Boats” is a rather ambiguous title for a play and, to be honest, it suits a rather ambiguous play. This charming tale starts out adrift and slowly brings the audience in as viewers figure out what on earth is happening. In a credit to director Sarah Shippobotham’s casting choice...

Student-Led Production “Hippolyta” is an Immersive and Powerful Twist on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Student-Led Production “Hippolyta” is an Immersive and Powerful Twist on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

By Hannah Keating

February 2, 2019

  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is inarguably one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, featuring the comical plights of star-crossed Athenian lovers, the caricatures of a troupe of actors, and the manipulations of the forest’s fairies. In this play, the Bard glosses over the chara...

Visiting Professor Viktor Valkov Impresses in His Faculty Recital

Visiting Professor Viktor Valkov Impresses in His Faculty Recital

By Josh Petersen

January 23, 2019

  It was a rainy night on Jan. 17, but for the audience inside the Libby Gardner Concert Hall, there was an entirely different kind of thunder. In his faculty recital, Department of Music visiting professor Viktor Valkov showed off his technical skill on a wide range of piano selections. Throughout...

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...

Get Ready for the Holidays with Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker”

Get Ready for the Holidays with Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker”

By Palak Jayswal

December 10, 2018

  Is it really Christmas without “The Nutcracker?” After all, it’s one of the biggest staples of the holiday season. From the music to the story, “The Nutcracker” is a classic that always puts people into the holiday mood. Here in Utah, we are lucky to be home to one of the biggest p...

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley:” Perfect for the Posh and the Pleb Alike

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley:” Perfect for the Posh and the Pleb Alike

By Madge Slack

December 1, 2018

  Do you ever get sick of the endless tirade of nutcrackers and leg lamps? Do you shudder inwardly when every car commercial plays “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” for the latest year, in the longest streak ever? And yet you still smile every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings or wh...

“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...

Fringe Festival Brings Great Live Theatre to Salt Lake

Fringe Festival Brings Great Live Theatre to Salt Lake

By Marshall Falkner

July 28, 2018

Theater: a universal constant through most of human history. From morality plays to kabuki, and William Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, almost all cultures have some form of theater. We have several long-standing theater festivals in Utah, but one close to home is the "Fringe Festival." Fringe Fest ...

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