Monthly Archives: June 2014

Peter Pan – Theatre Review, Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

When a theatre group concludes the final show of its landmark twenty-five year season you hope the production turns out to be something special.  Valley Youth Theatre has moved its concluding seasonal production across town from its regular theatre to the considerably larger and more prestigious Herberger Center, and what you sensed was going to […]

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22 Jump Street – Film Review

“Do the same thing as last time and everybody’s happy,” states deputy chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) to undercover cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) referring not so much to their last case but to the last film.  It’s a funny sentiment repeated several times during the early moments of the self-deprecating action/comedy sequel […]

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Obvious Child – Film Review

As a rule, when an actor portrays a standup comedian, on screen it rarely looks authentic.  The material never sounds particularly funny and the performance tends to look false, even when played by a genuine standup.  Obviously, you’ll find exceptions – Dustin Hoffman’s Lenny springs to mind – but in a general sense, a standup […]

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Edge of Tomorrow – Film Review

Remember the story of how certain communities in upstate New York reacted during the fifties when Orson Welles performed his now infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds?  Because the play was presented as though listeners could hear breaking news presented in real time, they thought it was actually happening and acted accordingly; they […]

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The Fault in Our Stars – Film Review

In 1970, when Ryan O’Neil lost Ali MacGraw in Love Story, an epidemic of the sniffles hit audiences at every performance.  It was quite the phenomenon.  Long before the film concluded, women – well, mostly women – would be crying into their tissues in huge numbers to the point where the noise actually became funny.  […]

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The Full Monty – Theatre Review: Mesa Encore Theatre, Mesa

When a work of entertainment – film, theatre or even TV – creates a heightened sense of anticipation and expectation from the beginning, you know you’re on to something.  Anyone who saw the original 1997 film remembers those final five minutes and what happens.  And if you didn’t see the film, then someone told you; […]

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