Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Trump Card – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

In 2007, Irish television designed a new TV game show as a replacement for another. Despite the title of the new show, it was the one thing with the name Trump stamped on it that had nothing to do with The Donald. The new show was called The Trump Card, and it arrived on Irish […]

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Inferno – Film Review

Imagine picking up a novel and starting at Chapter Seven with no clue what happened in the previous six, even though that’s where all the good stuff must have occurred. That’s how Harvard University professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) feels when he first awakens in an overseas hospital room. He has no clue where he […]

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South Pacific – Theatre Review: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Peoria

Despite the reputation of being a Pulitzer-Prize winning literary giant, author James Michener’s collection of short stories, Tales of the South Pacific, was largely unknown and may have remained that way had it not been for composer Richard Rodgers and his bad back. With nothing else to do other than rest and stare at the […]

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Rock The Presidents – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

At a time when the current political landscape appears to be suffering its most turbulent and, let’s be honest, somewhat bizarre phase, the timing could not be better. Childsplay Theatre’s exuberant musical Rock The Presidents returns to the stage until November 13 at Tempe Center for the Arts, and with it comes a welcome sense […]

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American Pastoral – Film Review

The film’s poster offers a landscape of a world on its side, a turbulent affair illustrated by the sight of a house on fire, the idyllic setting completely at odds with the title of the film, American Pastoral. And so it is with the world of Seymour Levov (Ewan McGregor), a former high-school athlete, a […]

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Film Review

To date, there are twenty Jack Reacher thriller novels on the market. That’s more than enough stories upon which to build a movie franchise, and back in 2012, when Tom Cruise first became Jack Reacher, that’s exactly what Paramount intended to happen. But the idea was scrapped, or at least, put on hold. Box-office return […]

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