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Wondering what to do in St. George, Cedar City or Springdale, Utah? Brian Passey built a journalism career on writing about the outdoors, arts and entertainment of Southern Utah. Now BrianPassey.com is here to offer that same unique voice through theater reviews, trail guides, concert information and much more. This site is also designed to serve as a gallery for Brian's own scenic photography. Many of the landscape images are available for purchase.

Theater Review: ‘Noises Off’ at St. George Musical Theater

Timing and blocking are important to almost any play but with Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” they are absolutely essential. Thankfully, director Trent Cox handles both with an expert touch in St. George Musical Theater’s current production of the play. In the program’s director’s notes, Cox calls “Noises Off” both a “monster” and a “living jigsaw puzzle.” He’s right on both…

The Way We Worked: The Smithsonian is Here

If you haven’t been to one of the Washington County Works lectures you should feel a bit sheepish. I know I do. Even though I’m unemployed, I’ve managed to remain pretty busy. I’ve been working on this blog, of course, but filling out job applications is time-consuming and emotionally draining. I’ve also traveled briefly, put on my first photography exhibit,…

Theater Review: ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ at The Stage Door

Yes, “Jekyll & Hyde” is an excellent choice for the Halloween season. If you’re going to put on a musical during the month of October it might as well be a monstrous musical about mayhem and murder — a dark and disastrous tale of dual identity. The Stage Door’s production of the show will continue through Oct. 21 at the…

Mapping: The Poetics of Utah Expression

I finally got around to seeing my co-exhibit. OK, so really, mine is the little brother exhibit to the big sister in the Sears Art Museum Gallery. Titled “Mapping: The Poetics of Utah Expression,” it’s a surprisingly vibrant, diverse and intriguing show. In my opinion, it’s one of the best to come through the Dixie State University’s primary art gallery…

Plays Opening in October Throughout Southern Utah

In Southern Utah we’re blessed with an abundance of theater. While the big ones are obvious — the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Tuacahn’s Broadway in the Canyon, the Neil Simon Festival — there are also plentiful community theater options. And nearly all of them have new shows opening this month (many of them this week). I’m particularly excited for The Stage…

My First Big Photo Exhibit

In August 2016, my wife, Cammie, and I embarked on a cross-country road trip to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The trip had two primary goals: See interesting places and visit loved ones. For 12 of the 16 nights we stayed with friends and family members across the country. Now that journey is depicted in “Connecting Paths,” a photography and…

Theater Review: The Tavern

The concept behind “The Tavern” is intriguing. It’s a dark and stormy night at a frontier tavern when a mysterious and enigmatic stranger appears under suspicious circumstances. And this particular tavern just happens to be located right here in Southern Utah. Thus begins the final major production of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 season and a world premiere for this…

Finding The Vortex

After writing about outdoor explorations in Southern Utah for more than a decade I figured I had at least heard about all the iconic local trails, even if I hadn’t hiked them myself. Then a few years ago someone mentioned The Vortex. I was unfamiliar with the name, the hike and its central feature: a massive sandstone bowl with surprisingly…