Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Film Review

In the literary world, once author Stephen King became enormously successful, his books seemed to grow in size.  Publishers, eager to cash in on his popularity, appeared to stand back and let him do whatever he wanted without the aid of a pesky editor who might have the nerve to reign him in a little.  […]

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‘S Wonderful – Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

The new Phoenix Theatre musical revue, ‘S Wonderful, requires only one thing – that you have a love and appreciation of the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin.  After that, nothing else matters. Even though the show has the look and feel of a homegrown production, it actually began life in Pittsburgh when […]

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Playing For Keeps – Film Review

There’s no nice way of putting this: Playing for Keeps is awful. Gerard Butler is George, a retired soccer player from the Scottish league who left the game at the age of thirty-six because of an injury.  Now living in Virginia, George’s life is nothing but problems.  Separated from his wife, Stacie (Jessica Biel) and […]

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A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail – Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

For its Christmas presentation, Valley Youth Theatre returns to the snow covered Hundred Acre Wood for the 17th time to tell the tale of A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, and it’s a charmer. The seasonal story revolves around Eeyore.  Eeyore, you see, has lost his tail and it’s up to all of his friends, […]

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Annie – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

  When the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie appeared in the papers, the character of Annie was already established as the little girl with the red dress and curly red hair who lived with her billionaire guardian, Daddy Warbucks.  With this in mind, you could say that the equally popular musical Annie […]

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