Monthly Archives: September 2016

John – Stray Cat Theatre: Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

Gaze long enough at Eric Beeck’s detailed set of a Victorian era house and you’ll swear it’s staring back at you. It’s an odd feeling, but it’s one that the slow, unfolding pace of the creepily atmospheric drama John by Annie Baker requires if the play is to work. In Stray Cat Theatre’s 2016-17 season […]

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Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

She’s a five year-old in kindergarten, Room Nine. In another year she’ll be wearing glasses. At the moment she wears a ribbon in her hair, but when the glasses come, the ribbon is gone. She was born in the month of June, so her parents called her Junie.  Her middle name is Beatrice, but she […]

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Snowden – Film Review

There’s a little remembered 1972 thriller called The Groundstar Conspiracy with George Peppard. He’s a no-nonsense government special-agent called Tuxan who possesses a keen interest in eavesdropping. At one point the character states that the only way for true national security and for the protection of all Americans is to eventually have the government place […]

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Cabaret – Theatre Review: ASU Gammage, Tempe

You may not notice at first. As you enter ASU Gammage’s large auditorium searching for your seat, look up to the stage. At first glance, what may appear like stage hands moving around on an unlit set turns out to be the cast, already there, limbering, stretching, and casually passing remarks to each other. It’s […]

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In The Heights – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Listen closely while you sit and wait, program on lap, and you’ll hear it. As you study the impressive, heavily detailed set of a Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights before you – Rosario’s Car Service on one side, De La Vega Bodega and Daniela’s Unisex Salon on the other, plus the George Washington Bridge towering […]

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Sully – Film Review

The story of commercial airline pilot Captain Chesley Sullenberger, known simply as Sully, appears to divide opinion. There’s a preconceived notion among many that there can only be five minutes of story worth telling, and that’s understandable. But they’re wrong, though if you’re among those who have assumed this and action is all you want, […]

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