Monthly Archives: January 2017

Baskerville; A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

In the tradition of Irma Vep and most notably, John Buchan’s The 39 Steps, Ken Ludwig’s fast-paced comic farce Baskerville, adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, employs just five actors; two to play the central characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson while the remaining three cover everyone else; somewhere […]

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A Dog’s Purpose – Film Review

For most of us, there’s a point in our lives where one particular, soul-searching question is bound to arise, especially when things are not going as well as hoped and a certain amount of self-reflection is required: What is the meaning of life? When that same question comes from the mind of a dog, you’d […]

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Gold – Film Review

“I see money,” says businessman, Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) as he tries to sell his dream, a literal one, of an Indonesian gold mine to a couple of potential New York investors. One of the investors looks up from the table, closes the portfolio, gives Kenny a benign smile, then states, “Not our money.” In […]

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Paterson – Film Review

Paterson is the largest city in New Jersey. As early as the nineteenth century, it was always a melting pot of cultures. That rich, ethnic quality that was there from the beginning continues today. Paterson, with its large, Hispanic community, has the second-largest Muslin population in the country. It’s also the name of the new, […]

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The Illusionists – Live From Broadway; National Tour, ASU Gammage, Tempe

It began with a performance at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia in 2012. Since that spectacular opening, The Illusionists, a touring magic production consisting of seven spectacularly outstanding stage magicians, has thrilled millions around the world, which is surprising considering that up until that huge poster of oncoming productions appeared hanging near the ASU […]

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Camelot – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

When Lerner and Loewe’s fantasy musical Camelot first opened, reviews were mixed, audiences were initially indifferent, and the whole thing ran too long. In fact, during an out-of-town tryout, what was supposed to last two hours forty minutes ended up being four hours and thirty minutes. Drastic cuts were made; a few songs, good ones, […]

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