Monthly Archives: August 2016

Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Out of all the shows presented at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria this current season, it’s probable that for mainstream theatre audiences, the 1991 off-Broadway musical comedy Pageant is the least known. Don’t let that hold you back. Without reservation, it’s also, surprisingly, the funniest and most satisfying production on ABT’s stage this year. Here’s […]

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Don’t Breathe – Film Review

There’s an issue with the movies lately that’s fast becoming a trend. It’s where the opening scene gives audiences a glimpse of events that have already unfolded. It’s a like a teaser trailer for things to come. Clearly, a character is in trouble but we’re not sure why. Then the scene fades and the story […]

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Don’t Dress For Dinner – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Actors Cafe, Scottsdale

Farce is a personal thing. If it doesn’t appear to be working in the first five minutes, you can tell, it’s never going to work. The forced nature of intentionally over-acting not only requires a lot from the actors, but also from the audience. There’s work required. Actors need to convince that the absurdity of […]

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Ben-Hur – Film Review

Generally, when movie-goers refer to the original Ben-Hur, they’re talking of the epic 1959 Charlton Heston film. But if you count the 2003 animated feature (voiced by Heston) there are now five big screen versions, plus a 2010 TV mini series and an 1899 spectacular play that ran for over twenty years. The novel was […]

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War Dogs – Film Review

Based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson that later became a book called Arms and the Dudes, War Dogs is the real-life story of a couple of Florida stoners who saw a loophole, went for it and became temporarily rich as gunrunners, supplying weapons for U.S. troops. It’s an incredible story, but the […]

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Lizzie – Theatre Review: A/C Theatre Company, Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

The law may have declared her not guilty, but legend and tradition think otherwise. So, too, does the uncompromising, in-your-face, rock musical, Lizzie. Based on the infamous Lizzie Borden affair, A/C Theatre Company increased the volume and began its second season this past weekend at the intimate Hardes Theatre at Phoenix Theatre with Lizzie, a […]

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