Monthly Archives: August 2015

Lucky Stiff – Theatre Review, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

In the musical farce Lucky Stiff, if you listen closely to what’s being sung during the opening number it’ll tell you everything you’re about to see.   There’s a chase in a lovely foreign place.  There’s a murder in New Jersey, there’s a body and a gun, and there’s a fortune to be won.  In fact, […]

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42nd Street – Theatre Review, Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

Based on the classic Warner Brothers 1933 musical of the same name, 42nd Street is a nostalgic look at the backstage shenanigans of a Broadway musical, even though it’s not technically about the real Broadway at all.  It’s a fantasy version of the Great White Way as seen through the prism of Hollywood.  That’s why […]

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Wicked – Theatre Review: The National Tour, ASU Gammage, Tempe

One of the most enjoyable aspects of experiencing a large scale touring Broadway production at ASU Gammage in Tempe is the response of the audience.  Point in question: Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.  Everything about it is big.  The score is epic, the stage required is huge, and the packed house […]

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Learning to Drive – Film Review

When living in the middle of a major city like New York, knowing how to drive and owning a car doesn’t always take on the same form of necessity as it would somewhere else. There are trains, buses, and taxis all over the place.  And if you’re the kind that rarely leaves the city, why […]

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Grandma – Film Review

There’s a wealth of riches to be seen and enjoyed in the new adult comedy Grandma from writer/director Paul Weitz.  Characters appear so well rounded so quickly it’s as if you already know them – or at least what you think you know of them – within seconds of meeting them.  You could say that […]

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No Escape – Film Review

Originally titled The Coup, in the new thriller No Escape from director/writer John Erick Dowdle, the nice Dwyer family from Austin has no clue what’s about to erupt right on their hotel doorstep.  They’ve just flown from Texas to a capital city somewhere in Southeast Asia – the country is never officially named – and […]

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