Salt Lake City’s Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company opened it’s 2009/2010 season with Equilibrium, a collection of pieces which ran at the Jeanne Wagner Theater from September 24th – 26th. If the rest of the season rises to the caliber of the performances I saw at the Saturday night performance, this will be an exciting season. … read more
Wallace is the story of two men whose lives run aground in Salt Lake: Wallace Thurman, a young, gay, African-American writer and Wallace Stegner, the Pulitzer-prize winning writer who survived the brutal plains of Saskatchewan. In life their paths never crossed, in the minimalist set in the Plan-B theater they only once acknowledge each other, but their lives, at some point, share a city, a passion for writing, and a name: Wallace. … read more
Eric Samuelson’s latest play takes on the question of who discovered America and for what purpose. The seemingly easily answered question is hashed out and debated eternally (literally) between Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. The debate takes place in purgatory and is moderated by philospher/proto-capitalist Niccolo Machiavelli and arbitrated by Mexican nun/writer Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. … read more
Plan B Theater Company ends its 2009/2010 season with a bang! The feature fundraiser, And The Banned Slammed On, is the compilation of two previous Plan B productions––And the Banned Played On and Slam. “As both of the events progressed it was clear that we had the opportunity to more strongly show the connection between censorship and art,” says producing director Jerry Rapier. … read more
Just last week Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company got its 2010/2011 season off to an energetic start with a presentation of Configurations. This show included pieces by four different choreographers, working on either the regional or international level. Though the audience could have been larger on Thursday, the enthusiasm of the crowd—for Ririe-Woodbury specifically, and modern dance in generally—was unmistakable, and it’s hard not to catch the same spirit. … read more
It has been said that both rock and opera are dead. If this is so, then Vox Lumiere’s performance of The Phantom of The Opera, on October 8 at Kingsbury Hall, can be viewed as an attempt to shock both back to life. … read more
This last weekend The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company presented Cipher, a show choreographed entirely by artistic director Charlotte Boye-Christensen. The first half of the evening was comprised of a suite of dances that Ririe-Woodbury had already performed in recent years. But any initial disappointment I might have felt on discovering this was quickly dispelled. … read more
Driving to Park City is quite the trek for someone who doesn’t like travelling further south than Trolley Square. If I lived in a bigger city, a half hour drive to an iconic little post-mining town might seem ridiculously close, but I live in Salt Lake City, where a fifteen minute drive to the point of the mountain feels like a journey to the limits of civilized society. In the case of Plan B’s newest play production, Gutenberg! The Musical!, the drive is definitely worth it.