Monthly Archives: April 2013

9 to 5 – Theatre Review – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

No one should be surprised that a full scale musical was ever based on a Dolly Parton song.  Much of her pop/country music supports lyrics that tell stories, often populated by descriptions of colorful characters that support the plot, and 9 to 5 is one of them. It is 1979. New York City.  Offices are still […]

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Chicks with Dicks – Theatre Review – Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe

  God bless Ron May and his Stray Cat Theatre.  Its productions may not be the kind that mainstream audiences would want or even enjoy, but every theatre community needs at least one group with a bad boy reputation that upsets the theatrical status quo.  For the valley, that would be Stray Cat. The final […]

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Oblivion – Film Review

  Within the first few minutes of the new Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller, Oblivion, we learn a lot.  We learn that sixty years ago aliens known as Scavengers, or Scavs, invaded our world and left it in ruins.  Now, in 2077, the Earth is a desert wasteland.  Almost all of its inhabitants live on Titan, […]

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Disconnect – Film Review

  Disconnect is an ensemble drama that explores three different stories with a common theme; the negative and damaging aspects of the Internet. Jason Bateman and Hope Davis are parents to a teenage boy who suffers at the hand of cyber bullying.  The boy thinks he’s communicating on-line with ‘Jessica’ not knowing that it’s really […]

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Legally Blonde – Theatre Review – Desert Stages Centre, Scottsdale

Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale continued its current season this weekend with the opening of the fun, upbeat Broadway musical Legally Blonde, a colorful and high-energy production based on the non-musical movie comedy with Reese Witherspoon. The plot covers the same route as the film; a California sorority girl, Elle Woods (Brittany Howk) is dumped […]

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The 39 Steps – Theatre Review – Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

  It’s amazing how a simple, humorless sentence can suddenly change when the punctuation is moved around.  Take the following for example: What is this thing called love?  Now put a comma after what or maybe after called and before love; all of a sudden the stated question becomes funny.  The script for the stage […]

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