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Director balances blood, emotion in 'Titus'

In Utah Shakespeare Festival's production of the Bard's "Titus Andronicus," tongues are cut out, arms severed, hands go missing, necks are slashed, children are eaten, and, of course, heads are decapitated. But director Henry Woronicz somehow...

Leaders sadly uninteresting in 'Mary Stuart'

From the first moments of Utah Shakespeare Festival's "Mary Stuart," the production feels out of whack. In Peter Oswald's new version of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 classic, the opening scene involves an older servant (Leslie Brott) objecting to a...

Energetic direction refreshes 'Mockingbird'

Utah Shakespeare Festival's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is such a riveting courtroom drama that I had forgotten I already knew, from previous viewings, how it ended. Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of...

'Les Miserables' disappointingly mediocre

Utah Shakespeare Festival's "Les Miserables" is an adequate production, which is to say, inadequate to one's hopes. This sung-through musical about the turbulent early 1800s prior to the French Revolution is a mediocre tale of unrelenting angst. But...

'King John' misses the mark - much too loudly

In Insurgo's "The Life and Death of King John," founder John Beane doesn't act the title role; he shoots up on it. From the first moment we see him, he's glassy-eyed, wide-eyed, cockeyed and binge drunk. This might be fine if he were playing Norman...