Monthly Archives: November 2016

Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts. Tempe

With the exception of a few chairs and a table, seated against his will in a mostly vacant Phoenix warehouse where the old plastered walls are peeling revealing the brick beneath, is a mailman (Ryan Goldfinger), kidnapped, his wrists restrained. Behind him stands a reprehensible young ponytailed thug named Phil (Devon Nickel) and he’s pointing […]

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A Christmas Story: The Musical – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

When in 1966, after three years of writing, humorist and broadcaster Jean Shepherd completed his novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. Many speculated it was a series of comic memoirs reflecting Shepherd’s own childhood, but the author insisted it was not. It was simply a series of short, comical episodes with a […]

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Manchester by the Sea – Film Review

Within the first five minutes of the new drama Manchester by the Sea from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, you see two sides of the same character. At first view, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is horsing around with his young nephew on a fishing boat. He’s joking with the boy, teasing him about the dangers of falling […]

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

There’s something unexpected that might occur while watching the first half of the hit Broadway jukebox musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, now playing at ASU Gammage in Tempe until Sunday, November 27. It’s not discovering the things you didn’t know about the career or the personal life of singer/songwriter Carole King. It’s remembering the […]

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Bad Santa 2 – Film Review

There’s something funny about hearing Elvis sing of how there’s snow on the ground, while the image on the screen is the dry, Arizona desert. It’s the opening to the 2003 Bad Santa sequel, Bad Santa 2, and for the reprehensible Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) not a lot has changed. Whatever modicum of humanity […]

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Moana – Film Review

In the late eighteenth century, when the mutineers of the HMS Bounty jumped ship, it’s not difficult to understand why. Of course, the harsh Captain Bligh had a lot to do with it, but once those seamen saw the beauty of the Polynesian islands and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the island people, it was […]

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