UTAH'S ART MAGAZINE SINCE 2001
Published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Look for our monthly edition at the beginning of each month. We follow that up with a variety of "Daily Bytes" on this site. You'll find links to artistsofutah's other programming to the right.
Suscribe For Free
Theater
Plan B's Hildegard portrays a mid-millenium rockstar of the Catholic church

Plan B’s Hildegard portrays a mid-millenium rockstar of the Catholic church

Thank you, Plan-B, for a truly wonderful evening of theater. Really, Virtue couldn’t have been more enjoyable – practically perfect in every way: Playwright Tim Slover’s excellent script; Jerry Rapier’s direction of a superb cast; Thomas George’s striking set; the excellent sound design by Cheryl Cluff. This is a fantastic production. Question is how to...

... read more
Alive as You and Me: Plan-B's One Big Union

Alive as You and Me: Plan-B’s One Big Union

“I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, alive as you and me . . .” And, in fact, I did. One Big Union, a perfectly cast, carefully crafted play about the 1915 death by firing squad of the legendary labor organizer and songwriter (yes, right here in the City of Salt) was presented to...

... read more
Cold Truths: Pygmalion Productions' Mary and Myra

Cold Truths: Pygmalion Productions’ Mary and Myra

The internationally-celebrated playwright and opera librettist Catherine Filloux has found a theme that runs through much of her drama. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, though it must have been a common experience since Cain slew Abel, was only formally identified around 1980, and is still routinely overlooked or misunderstood in society at large. Sorting out...

... read more
A Heavy Reckoning: Henry V in Cedar City Proves the Bard's Relevancy in the 21st Century

A Heavy Reckoning: Henry V in Cedar City Proves the Bard’s Relevancy in the 21st Century

If one felt the need to defend the relevance of Shakespeare in the 21st century, it would be difficult to manufacture better coincidences to do so: on the eve of Utah Shakespeare Festival’s staging of Henry V, a play about public morals and individual responsibility, of the duties owed to the state and those demanded...

... read more
The Marx Brothers Crash a RomCom: Cocoanuts at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

The Marx Brothers Crash a RomCom: Cocoanuts at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

It became the Marx Brothers’ first feature film, released by Paramount Pictures in 1929, but it began as a Broadway musical in 1925, with book by George S. Kaufman and music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Cocoanuts is a musical romantic comedy invaded by vaudeville. Adapted by Mark Bedard and Gregg Coffin, and directed by...

... read more
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts

Though 55 years old, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is shiny and new this season. With the dedication Thursday of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which includes the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, the festival will find a new home in state-of-the-art facilities on a single block of...

... read more
Remington and Weasel: Freedom’s Just Another Word for Genderless in Pygmalion’s Latest

Remington and Weasel: Freedom’s Just Another Word for Genderless in Pygmalion’s Latest

In his latest work, Remington and Weasel, Utah playwright L.L. West gives a knowing nod to the freedom and consequences that come with throwing out the play book to live life on one’s own terms. Appropriately set in the rigid confines of academia, the story follows film Professor Chris Remington (Tamara Johnson Howell) and her...

... read more
Life's a Bitch and Then You Die: Stupid F**King Bird at SLAC

Life’s a Bitch and Then You Die: Stupid F**King Bird at SLAC

  Once upon a time, stories told through theater resonated with audiences because they explored uncomfortable yet real themes, but this power has been diminished by the popularity of theatrical productions with fairy-tale endings where love conquers all and conflicts are ultimately wrapped up in a tidy, sugar-coated bow. This is the lamentation of Con,...

... read more
Plan-B's Kingdom of Heaven: A Mormon Roadshow with an LGBT Message

Plan-B’s Kingdom of Heaven: A Mormon Roadshow with an LGBT Message

There is one topic du jour that seems repetitive: devout Mormons, lapsed Mormons, non-Mormons, all appear concerned lately (belatedly) with LGBT rights in the LDS Church. Books like the Mormon mystery His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison, so many newspaper articles and letters to the editor, and now the first original musical at Plan-B...

... read more
Based on a True Story: The Versatile Elaine Jarvik Plays It Where It Lays

Based on a True Story: The Versatile Elaine Jarvik Plays It Where It Lays

I had forgotten she plays the drums. Or that she once wrote the Itty Bitty Salt Lake City feature for the Deseret News. Amazing what you discover while researching a piece on someone you thought you already knew a lot about. Elaine Jarvik is a woman of numerous talents: 27 years as a writer with...

... read more
The Past is Now: Selma '65 from Pygmalion Productions

The Past is Now: Selma ’65 from Pygmalion Productions

Night after night, a young white woman watches news broadcasts about police violence against African- American citizens. Although she lives far away, she is moved to act against the brutality she sees on the screen by joining the protest effort. The year is 1965—but it could just as easily be 2016. The scenario seems all...

... read more
Climbing with Tigers: Red Fred Project, Salt Lake Acting Company and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory bring a child's vision to life

Climbing with Tigers: Red Fred Project, Salt Lake Acting Company and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory bring a child’s vision to life

Picture a young child coloring: they smile in delight at picking out just the right crayon or enthusiastically grab a random one from the floor; they fill the page with broad strokes of vibrant color without any regard for the lines (assuming there are any); and an infectious sense of uninhibited glee brightens their eyes...

... read more