Monthly Archives: January 2016

Spring Awakening – Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

It was ten years ago in 2006 when the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening first opened. For the past several years, the valley has enjoyed several different presentations of varying quality on local stages; the National Tour at ASU Gammage springs to mind, as does a particularly notable production in 2012 at Phoenix […]

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Son of Saul – Film Review

There’s a word in the German language we should know, but most of us don’t. It’s Sonderkommando. The literal translation means ‘Special Unit.’ During the Holocaust, the Sonderkommandos were Jewish work units consisting of death camp prisoners forced to aid the Nazis. Their job was to remove and dispose of the bodies of the large […]

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IF/THEN – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

As the title of the Broadway musical suggests, IF/THEN is a show of might have beens and what ifs, a notion in which most of us engage from time to time, particularly when things are down or not going the way we planned. Recently divorced and ready to start over, Elizabeth (Idina Menzel) returns to […]

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The Forest – Film Review

There’s a forest that lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. It’s called Aokigahara, though it’s more commonly known as the Sea of Trees or more ominously, the Suicide Forest. It’s also dense to the point where practically all outside sounds remain outside; if you were to go, all you would hear […]

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The Revenant – Film Review

In one way or another, the story of fur-trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass has appeared on several forums, either in books, songs, television episodes and films.  Arguably the most famous interpretation was the 1971 Richard Harris film Man in the Wilderness, the story of a scout, mauled by a bear and left to die in […]

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Anomalisa – Film Review

Based on a play written under the pen name of Francis Fregoli, Anomalisa is a mind-bending, stop-motion animated feature by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Kaufman and Duke Johnson.  The clue is in both the fictional name of the play’s writer and the name of the hotel in which Kaufman’s central character stays. Writer and […]

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