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Ellen Fagg Weist

Reviewer, Arts, entertainment and culture

801-257-8803, ellenf@sltrib.com


  • Writer Sandra Cisneros. Alan Goldfarb  |  Courtesy A new home, same universal questions, author Sandra Cisneros to read in Salt Lake City
    After Sandra Cisneros returned from a trip to Bosnia earlier this month, she was reeling. The memories of the trip to the war-ravaged country where sh...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 01:51 pm   |     |   Share

  • Courtesy  |  Terry Tempest Williams  Terry Tempest Williams Utah’s Terry Tempest Williams to teach at Harvard
    Utah writer Terry Tempest Williams has been appointed writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School. “Humbled by the support, honored to be able ...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Courtesy Photo)    Jenessa Bowen performing in Hale Centre Theatre’s 2011 production of ’A Christmas Carol.’ Remembering Utah actor Jenessa Bowen, who lit up the stage with her talent
    Jenessa L’e Bowen first took the stage at age 4 in the cast of Hale Centre Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” The 26-year-old Utah actor, who died unexpec...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:13 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    William Ferrer,  Robin Smith and director Richard Scharine, in ’Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ an August Wilson play set in 1927.  Scharine, has produced plays in running People Productions for 17 years. Saturday, April 8, 2017.   Director’s ‘epic’ journey introducing African-American plays to Utah audiences coming to an end
    After 17 years of introducing ambitious African-American works to Utah audiences, Richard Scharine says he plans to retire the brand of the People Pro...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 11:35 am   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Riley O’Toole and Tyrone the puppet rehearse a scene from ’Hand To God’ at the Salt Lake Acing Company in Salt Lake City Tuesday April 4, 2017. Not your typical puppet show — the wicked humor and rowdy comedy of ‘Hand to God’
    Growing up in suburban Texas, Robert Askins recalls a few brushes with puppets. There was a particular therapy puppet, a dolphin named Duso, that a c...
    Updated Apr 10 2017 09:22 am   |     |   Share

  • Utah playwright’s Nazi occupation resistance drama gets a staged reading
    Utah playwright Eric Samuelsen’s “The Ice Front,” set at Oslo’s National Theatre during the Nazi occupation, will receive a staged reading April 14-15...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 08:58 pm   |     |   Share

  •   Dominic Zappala (Palamon), Kali Scott (Jailer’s Daughter) in the University of Utah’s production of ’Two Noble Kinsmen.’ Todd Collins  |  Courtesy U. of Utah offers contemporary translation on overlooked Shakespeare dark comedy
    So, here’s a marriage plot twist not yet explored on a season of “The Bachelorette”: Imagine what might happen after two soldiers, in the deprivation ...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 09:50 am   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Madison Kisst pops up in the middle of students as Utah Shakespeare Festival’s educational tour performs ’A Midsummer’s Night Dream’ recently at Farmington Jr. High. Federal arts funds help Utah Shakespeare Festival hit the road
    Before each performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Utah Shakespeare Festival actors thread through audiences carrying felt pens. A bit anachronis...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 10:11 am   |     |   Share

  • Nate Edwards  |  BYU Photo  Peter Lambert plays Eric Liddell in BYU’s new production of ’Chariots of Fire.’ Running for stage glory at BYU Running for stage glory as BYU stages ‘Chariots of Fire’
    A track seemed necessary for actors to portray runners in Brigham Young University’s national premiere of “Chariots of Fire,” a stage adaptation of th...
    Updated Apr 03 2017 09:47 am   |     |   Share

  • Gerald Ramsey as Mufasa with the ensemble of ’The Lion King.’ (Courtesy Matthew Murphy) Review: Ambitious ‘Lion King’ tour keeps ‘Circle of Life’ rolling in Salt Lake City
    Forget about being a 2-decades-old entertainment headline: “The Lion King,” now playing a four-week return run in Salt Lake City, offers its trademark...
    Updated Mar 30 2017 02:33 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 29 2017 09:54 pm   |     |   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 29 2017 09:54 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