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Pioneer Theatre’s “Lifespan of a Fact” examines inconvenient truths – Nov 03, 2019

Constance Macy, Ben Cherry, and John Kroft star in The Lifespan of a Fact at Pioneer Theatre Company.

Pioneer Theatre Company is advertising The Lifespan of a Fact as “a showdown between truth and fiction.” Like most things in this 90-minute verbal tennis match, which opened a two-week run Friday night, the reality isn’t so straightforward.

The Lifespan of a Fact comes to Salt Lake City a year after the play made a brief but well-received premiere on Broadway. 

The play opens with magazine editor Emily Penrose (Constance Macy) pulling her … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Apr 17, 2019

Robert Seebacher

This weekend, the Salt Lake Symphony will be playing a concert of well-known works by 19th and 20th century French composers.

On the program, titled “Nuances de bleu,” are Thomas’ overture to the opera Raymond; Debussy’s Petite Suite and La Mer; and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte.

Leading the orchestra is guest conductor Robert Seebacher, who is the music director of the Johnson City Symphony in Tennessee and the assistant conductor of the National Chorale in New York.

The concert will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Libby … Read More

Critic’s Choice – Feb 14, 2019

Photo: Luke Isley

For its February productions, Ballet West always likes to bring romance to the Capitol Theatre stage. This year it’s Tchaikovsky’s perennial favorite, Swan Lake.

Filled with betrayal and magical transformations, the story is as much a fairy tale as it is a gothic romance, and it’s always been a hit with audiences every time Ballet West has staged it.

There is a bittersweet note to this production, since it will be principal dancer Christopher Ruud’s swan song (no … Read More