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Ellen Fagg Weist

Reviewer, Arts, entertainment and culture

801-257-8803, ellenf@sltrib.com


  • (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 22 2017 07:44 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

  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colleen Baum, left, and Latoya Cameron in Plan-B Theatre’s ’Not One Drop’ by Morag Shepherd. The enigma of what’s real in Plan-B’s absurdist tragicomedy ‘Not One Drop’
    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 productio...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 09:37 am   |     |   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

  • 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

  •   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

  • 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

  • (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

  • 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)    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

  • (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)    Brooke Williams will read from his new nonfiction book, ’Open Midnight.’ Finding truth on the ground in Utah writer’s ‘Open Midnight’
    Utah writer and conservationist Brooke Williams will launch his new memoir, “Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet,” on Thursday, March 2...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 02:14 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    The touring cast of ’Matilda.’ Review: Sound problems cast shadows on stage magic of touring ‘Matilda’
    Young Jaime Maclean is a terrifically talented “Matilda,” leading the touring musical’s cast with professional aplomb far beyond her years in Wednesda...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 05:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • Prominent Utah dance teacher Rowland Butler changed lives one step at a time
    Every day after school, the boy perched on the stairs to watch students file into a basement dance studio. Dance was for girls, his father told him, u...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 10:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah professor Lauren Liang is surrounded by book submissions she received as a member of this year’s Caldecott committee, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, which selected the best picture books of 2016.  On Feb. 21, Liang will be one of the special guests celebrating winners past and present at Newbery Night at The King’s English book store in Salt Lake. Tonight: Join The Tribune to celebrate Newbery books
    As a young boy growing up in Provo in the 1970s, Tim Wadham fell in love with reading, thanks to savvy librarians who pointed him to Newbery Medal-win...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 09:04 am   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy photo)    The touring cast of ’Matilda.’ Touring ‘Matilda’ waltzes into Salt Lake City
    “Matilda,” a British import to Broadway adapted from Roald Dahl’s dark children’s novel, seemed unlikely material for a musical adaptation. It’s a sto...
    Updated Feb 19 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy  Becki Mecham as Mother Elthora in Salt Lake Acting Company’s ’Saturday’s Voyeur.’ Remembering the motherly ‘Voyeur’ actor who became a bighearted Salt Lake City celebrity
    Becki Mecham had a heart so big, her brother says, that at times she seemed to want to fit the whole world inside it. That’s how longtime friends and ...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 11:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   From left, Rosalyn Coleman plays ’Jo’, Anne Tolpegin plays ’Mary’ and Elizabeth Meadows Rouse plays ’Liz’ in Pioneer Theatre Company’s upcoming premiere of ’Women in Jeopardy!’ — a comedy set in Utah about what happens to the friendship of divorced women when they think their friend has fallen in love with a serial killer. Review: Pioneer Theatre Company plays around with contemporary farce
    Pioneer Theatre Company’s “Women in Jeopardy!” offers a well-appointed, gamely acted version of a Real Housewives of Salt Lake-style comedy. There’s g...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 09:10 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Christy Summerhays, left, as Hildegard and Emilie Starr as Richardis act out a scene in Plan-B’s production of ’Virtue,’ a play with music by Utah playwright Tim Slover about Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century German Benedictine abbess, who had visions. She was also a writer and herbalist and is considered to have written the first-ever opera and might have been lesbian. New Utah production strikes contemporary notes in Hildegard’s story
    Whatever is remembered about Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century Christian mystic, the truth of her life rising from between the pages of history book...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 02:22 pm   |     |   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

  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   From left, Rosalyn Coleman plays ’Jo’, Anne Tolpegin plays ’Mary’ and Elizabeth Meadows Rouse plays ’Liz’ in Pioneer Theatre Company’s upcoming premiere of ’Women in Jeopardy!’ — a comedy set in Utah about what happens to the friendship of divorced women when they think their friend has fallen in love with a serial killer. The real Salt Lake housewives of Pioneer Theatre’s ‘Women in Jeopardy!’
    The comedy of “Women in Jeopardy!,” which opens next week at Pioneer Theatre Company, was sparked by a real-life kitchen conversation about a friend’s...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 06:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • Actress Jessica Williams poses for a portrait to promote the film, ’The Incredible Jessica James’, at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP) Jessica Williams lights up the screen in new Sundance comedy
    Comedian Jessica Williams grabbed local headlines with humor at last Saturday’s Women’s March in Park City. This weekend, the freshness of her perform...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 03:13 pm   |     |   Share