Monthly Archives: December 2015

Youth – Film Review

Watching director Paolo Sorrentino’s new drama Youth is like wandering through someone else’s beautifully imagined day dream.  With its deliberate pacing and well-framed, nicely composed, widescreen imagery, the film truly casts a hypnotic spell as you drift from moment to moment in something of a daze.  It’s as if each scene is somehow a separate […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Film Review

A long time ago… well, at least, several months back, writer/director J.J. Abrams and the Disney marketing department began a well-organized strategy of leaking tiny bits of information regarding the re-emergence of a beloved franchise. It began with rumors of things that might be. Maybe certain characters were returning; maybe not. Then there was the […]

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A Christmas Carol & The SantaLand Diaries – Arizona Theatre Company in association with the Herberger Theater Center

It’s not exactly a double-bill; not in the traditional sense. Arizona Theatre Company in association with the Herberger Theater Center has produced not one but two seasonal one-person productions to run concurrently on the same stage right up until Christmas. If either fails to get you into the spirit of the season, then, really, there’s […]

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Macbeth – Film Review

A friend once insisted he dreamed in Elizabethan English, so consumed was he with the poetic nature of Shakespeare’s language.  Another student of the bard stated that while there was great, visual splendor to be enjoyed in the various theatrical and big screen interpretations of William Shakespeare, the ideal manner in which to savor the […]

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Heathers The Musical – Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe

Combine the musical theatre talents of Laurence O’Keefe from Legally Blonde with Kevin Murphy of Reefer Madness, follow the same path that transitioned those two pieces from film to stage and you get the subversive and at times very funny black comedy, Heathers The Musical. Running at what will be Stray Cat’s final production at […]

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A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail (20th Anniversary) – Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

In Phoenix at Valley Youth Theatre, every December is a special month.  This year, it’s even more so.  It’s the 20th anniversary of A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, a musical show of the holiday season that over the years has become the company’s reliable theatrical anchor, a production so popular it’s no surprise that […]

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