Monthly Archives: January 2015

Rent – Theatre Review: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

When you consider the limited size and the workshop-like atmosphere of Spotlight Youth Theatre’s dark and intimate auditorium, then you compare it to the 198-seat New York Theatre Workshop where Rent first premiered, there’s not a great deal of difference.   Before he sadly passed away on the night before the Off-Broadway premiere, creator Jonathan Larson […]

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A Thousand Cranes – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts

Currently playing at the Tempe Center for the Arts is Childsplay’s production of A Thousand Cranes, the true story of a young Japanese girl, Sadako Sasaki, who lived by Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan.   The play tells of the child’s battle with leukemia years after the dropping of the atomic bomb and the spreading of […]

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2 Pianos 4 Hands – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

The musical comedy 2 Pianos 4 Hands – often referred to as 2P4H – premiered in Toronto in 1996 and has since become the most successful play in the history of Canadian theatre.   It has traveled the world and continues to do so.   By now it has been seen by millions.   In fact, if you […]

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Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical – Theatre Review – Nearly Naked Theatre, Phoenix

Remember that scene in Boogie Nights where Julianne Moore, Heather Graham and Mark Wahlberg had to mouth the clunky dialog of a porn movie and make it sound as though they were truly bad actors yet perfectly sincere at the same time?   Now imagine a full ninety minute theatrical production without intermission where all the […]

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A Most Violent Year – Film Review

The title refers to a particular period in New York City’s history.   A quick, opening shot of the Manhattan skyline with the twin towers still in place indicates an earlier time.   It’s the winter of 1981; statistically, one of the city’s most violent years. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) was once a truck driver who […]

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American Sniper – Film Review

Chris Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL.   He was said to be the most lethal sniper in American history.   Because a confirmed kill has to have a witness, out of a possible 255 kills, Kyle is recorded as having 160.   It’s a staggering number.   It’s also the subject of director Clint Eastwood’s new film […]

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