Blair Howell's career is in the professional publishing arena (for more years than he cares to remember), with a longstanding interest in theater. He found it to be great fun to live in New Canaan, Connecticut, with easy access to the Great White Way. But now, Blair lives in Salt Lake City (a long, not interesting story). The much-lamented move has allowed him to be more active in regional theater. He has covered theater and the arts for the Deseret News, Utah's oldest, continuously published metro daily newspaper, and has written for various theater-related national magazines and websites.
With characters in ANGELS IN AMERICA hailing from Utah, the Utah Repertory Theater Company production will uniquely reverberate with theatergoers. 'What excites me most about participating in ANGELS is being able to tell a story that is still applicable to today's problems -- and in a place where these problems are looked past,' said Lucas Stewart, who plays Joe. 'We have the opportunity to share a story that, sadly, resonates with too many people in this state.'BWW Review: SILENT DANCER at Salt Lake Acting Company April 21, 2019
At the University of Utah, Director Ryan Emmons has a thorough understanding of a Sondheim masterwork and shows stellar work with the eager students. With Music Director Alex Marshall and Choreographer Ellie Hanagarne, COMPANY is thrilling.BWW Review: ONCE at Pioneer Theatre Company Fully Captivates February 18, 2019
Composer Frank Wildhorn worked directly with cast of BYU's WONDERLAND. This follows the university's first full-scale production of THE COUNT OF MONTE. BWW interviews Director Tim Threlfall of BYU's Music Dance Theatre program.BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE at Hale Center Theater Orem January 11, 2019
1. FUN HOME, Salt Lake Acting Company (saltlakeactingcompany.org)
The stirring performances under the expert direction of Jason Bowcutt, who guided the cast from melancholy to zany in a heartbeat, made this premiere production hauntingly moving. Hailee Olenberger was utterly astonishing in the pivotal role of Medium Alison, perfectly capturing the awkward joy of first love and discovery of her sexuality. The live band, assuredly led by David Evanoff, was an additional reason for this reviewer to see FUN HOME three times.BWW Review: Pink, Pink And Nothing But Pink At SLAC's Perfectly Performed PINKALICIOUS December 5, 2018
At Salt Lake Acting Company, PINKALICIOUS is perfectly presented. And perfectly pink. Shall I say it? Yes, I'll say it: You'll be tickled pink.