Monthly Archives: April 2015

Pump Boys and Dinettes – Theatre Review: The Palms Theatre, Mesa

Before it was the name of a musical, Pump Boys and Dinettes was a band.  More specifically, it was a performance group that evolved in the early eighties beginning with a two-man act at a restaurant in New York. The four guys and two girls who developed the project together wrote the book, wrote the […]

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Sweet Charity – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theare, Peoria

By the mid-60’s, even though dancer, director and choreographer Bob Fosse already had several big shows on his resume, it was his 1966 production of Sweet Charity that truly brought him back into the public eye, reinstating him on the theatrical pedestal from which he had temporarily fallen. Troubles began in 1961 when he was […]

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Buyer & Cellar – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

“First, we need to get something straight,” actor Toby Yatso tells us the moment he enters the stage at Phoenix Theatre.  “This is a work of fiction.” The work is Buyer & Cellar, an acclaimed Off-Broadway, one-man comedy by Jonathan Tolins that presents a realistic setting then creates a fictional account of what might have […]

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True Story – Film Review

In 2001, when it was discovered that New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) had embellished a story, he was fired.  “You have a great future ahead of you,” an editor tells him.  “But not here.” At the same time, a man called Christian Longo (James Franco) from Oregon was on the run, accused […]

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Unfriended – Film Review

Originally titled Cybernatural with a better looking poster when it received its initial showing at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and picked up by Universal for a wider release, Unfriended is a gimmick horror told in real time. One evening, six teenage high-schoolers skype on their laptops from their individual bedrooms.   Their after-school, late […]

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The Wedding Singer – Theatre Review: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

Despite a healthy run on Broadway in 2006, the musical version of The Wedding Singer has found the majority of its audience in regional productions.  Name recognition of the popular 1998 movie goes a long way. Fans of the film will notice a number of differences between screen and stage, but generally the arc of […]

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