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One intriguing element of Morag Shepherd’s new play “Not One Drop” is attempting to describe what it’s about. The play, receiving a premiere production at Plan-B Theatre Thursday to April 2, features two women. As designated in the stage directions, …

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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Aly Faber and Grace Smith rehearse for Children’s Dance Theatre’s upcoming production of ’Elfwyn’s Saga,’ a new work that brings to life a story by David Wisiniewski. Monday, March 20, 2017. Photos: Utah’s Children’s Dance Theatre brings story inspired by Viking lore to stage
    Magic, greed and heroism, music and motion, and hundreds of dazzling costumes. These are just some of the elements of “Elfwyn’s Saga,” a new work to b...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 11:41 am   |     |   Share
  • Dashaun Young as Simba in ’The Lion King.’ (Courtesy Joan Marcus) ‘The Lion King’ still a mane event as it opens four-week Salt Lake run
    In the “Circle of Life” that is the run of a Broadway musical, “The Lion King” has had a record-smashing extended run. For younger theatergoers, perha...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    King Charles, played by John Hutton, with Prince William, Grant Goodman, and Princess Kate, Samatha Eggers, in character at the Utah State Capitol. ’King Charles III’ plays from March 24-April 8 at Pioneer Theatre Company. Pioneer Theatre stages contemporary family drama, with royal twists
    Right off the top, understand this: “King Charles III,” British playwright Mike Bartlett’s audacious contemporary Shakespearean riff on royal power, i...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 12:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    The University of Utah’s School of Dance Gala will be held March 23-25 and March 30-April 1 at the Marriott Center for Dance on campus. Pictured, rehearsal or ’Swan Lake.’ U. of Utah dance disciplines celebrate their happy union
    Ballet and modern dance have a long and respected history at the University of Utah, reaching back more than a half-century. But until last fall, the ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 09:35 am   |     |   Share


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  • Books are displayed under a sign at the Harvard Book Store, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. Readers have been flocking to classic works of dystopian fiction in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Novels depicting dysfunctional societies have shot to the top of best-seller lists in recent months, including George Orwell’s ’1984’ and Margaret Atwood’s ’The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Publishers credit Trump’s election for sparking demand. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) As Trump era begins, readers flock to dystopian fiction
    Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage. Gloomy classics depicting societies gone terribly wrong have shot to the...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 09:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Book World: From Neil Gaiman, Norse tales as bracing as the north wind
    In his introduction to a reissue of the beloved children’s classic “D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths,” the novelist Michael Chabon observes that “every...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ has unexpected twists, turns
    Did you ever consider there is a story behind seemingly discarded items that one may find on the street or in public gathering spaces? In “The Keeper ...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Allie Babich plays Hamlet in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 22nd Shakespeare-in-the-Schools five-state tour in 2016. The tour is supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Karl Hugh  |  Utah Shakespeare Festival Art matters economically, Utah leaders say, as proposed NEA and NEH cuts loom
    Editor’s note • Arts leaders nationwide are reacting Thursday to President Donald Trump’s 2018 fiscal year budget proposal that would eliminate the Na...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Choreographer Graham Brown and Sackerson theater production company present ’Sonder,’ an immersive audience experience about four friends as they navigate love and experience the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as their own. It plays March 16-27 at the historic Eagles Hall in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake creative forces combine in unconventional space for ‘Sonder’
    There’s a new buzz around Salt Lake City’s young, up-and-coming local arts culture. Now more than ever, arts, entertainment, design and entrepreneursh...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 09:35 am   |     |   Share
  • Kids have their say about favorite books
    Parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers have a worthy goal in common: They are eager to put quality books in the hands of young readers. This is...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Brandon Mull is author of the new ’Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure,’  the long-awaited sequel to his popular  Fablehaven series. On ‘wish fulfillment,’ Utah author Brandon Mull is back with Fablehaven sequel
    It’s not hard to understand why readers of all ages love a good series. Entering a familiar fictional world like Hogwarts or 221B Baker Street or Midd...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 06:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Salvador Dali and Christine Argillet in the 1970s. ‘Making magic out of any moment,’ Salvador Dalí remembered in special collection coming to Park City
    Many art lovers remember the first time they saw a piece of art created by Salvador Dalí. Maybe it was the melting clocks in “The Persistence of Memor...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 01:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Desperation and tragedy cloak everything in Joy’s new ‘Appalachian noir’ novel
    Trailers, churches and meth houses dot the Blue Ridge Mountains landscape of David Joy’s latest novel, “The Weight of This World.” It’s here we meet A...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 09:36 am   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake Acting Company to produce new musical “Fun Home”
    The new-gen Broadway musical “Fun Home” is coming home to Utah with a regional premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company, after the Tony Award-winning musi...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Four new works by Utah writers to be produced by Plan-B Theatre for 2017-18 season
    As part of its 2017-18 season, Plan-B Theatre company will present three premieres by Utah writers as well as its fifth free elementary-school tour. T...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • The touring cast of ’Hamilton,’ which will play in Salt Lake City’s Eccles Theater April 11-May 6, 2018. (Courtesy) Utah Broadway series announces ‘Hamilton’ April-May 2018 run dates
    If you want to be in the room where it happens — “it” being the Salt Lake City tour of “Hamilton” — then remember these dates: April 11-May 6, 2018. A...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Renderings of the new Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy. Courtesy  |  Hale Centre Theatre Hale Centre to premiere ‘Tuck Everlasting’ at new Sandy arts complex
    A regional premiere of the Broadway musical “Tuck Everlasting” will take the spotlight in 2018 as Hale Centre Theatre presents its first full season i...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    The shadows of Brooke Williams and his dog, Rio, tell the story of their solo trips ’ground-truthing’ in southern Utah, as the writer recounts in his new book, ’Open Midnight.’ Utah writers consider life springing from shadows of dead relatives
    Maybe it’s part of the work of a writer to dance with those who have passed on. If you turn over the dirt at a place where something has happened, yo...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from Pulitzer novel and tells refugee stories in Salt Lake City
    Viet Thanh Nguyen knows not many English professors find themselves chatting up Seth Meyers, as he did last month, clarifying the distinction between ...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 09:48 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Pioneer Theatre Company presents a concert staging of “Chess” on Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, in Salt Lake City. Pioneer Theatre Company stages a rare concert version of ‘Chess’
    You remember the disco-rap of the hit “One Night in Bangkok,” but the rest of the score of “Chess,” the Cold War-era musical, is also “earwormy” and t...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 11:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Book review: ‘Refugees’ is timely, timeless in telling of human stories
    Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new book, “The Refugees,” is both timely, given the current debate about refugees in America, and timeless in its exploration of u...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 10:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Nick Stokes  |  Courtesy)  Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan starred in the original ’Bright Star’ show on Broadway. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s “Bright Star,” which earned critics’ praise for its “winsome country and bluegrass” score, will preview in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City before a national tour. The show plays as part of Pioneer Theatre Company’s three-musical 2017-18 season. Pioneer Theatre hosts Broadway’s ‘Bright Star’ in three-musical season
    For the first-time ever, Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre will host a preview of a Broadway touring production. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s “Brig...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 04:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Actors  Sydney Shoell (Echo), from left, Barb Gandy (Dorothea) and Tracie Merrill (Artie) will perform in Pygmalion Productions’ staging of  ’Eleemosynary.’ Salt Lake theater company’s ‘Eleemosynary’ is witty and warm
    “Never have a daughter,” Artie advises the audience early in “Eleemosynary.” “She won’t like you.” Lee Blessing’s play is a celebration of words and ...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)    Cover of ’The Youngest Marcher’ by Cynthia Levinson. Here are 5 picture book biographies for Black History Month and beyond
    Although Black History Month is winding down, there should be shelf space for these picture-book biographies all year round. Each tells the story of A...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 11:11 am   |     |   Share