Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Scottsboro Boys – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

When the final John Kander and Fred Ebb musical opened at Manhattan’s Lyceum Theatre in 2010 there was a lot of energy on Broadway, but it wasn’t confined to the stage; it was the protesters gathered outside arguing what they perceived as a show reviving the abhorrent use of minstrels while labeling the production racist. […]

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Gifted – Film Review

When her uncle and guardian, Frank (Chris Evans) tells seven year-old Mary (Mckenna Grace) that she looks beautiful, she responds negatively. “I look like a Disney character,” she states as she emerges from her bedroom in a new dress. It’s her first day of school, and Mary doesn’t want to go. If that was a […]

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Going in Style – Film Review

The new, light comedy remake of the darker 1979 film of the same name, Going in Style, does exactly what you think it will do, which in terms of laughs is little more than raise an affectionate smile. With Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman taking the leads, plus support from Ann-Margret and Christopher […]

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The 2017 Phoenix Film Festival – Special Report

If you’ve read a valley newspaper recently, you’ve seen the ads. If you’ve been to the movies during the past month, you’ve seen the posters. The 17th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, incorporating the International Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival, begins this week, Thursday, April 6 and continues for 8 days until April 13. Ever since Arizona’s […]

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Ring of Fire – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center, Phoenix

Though the musical Ring of Fire, the music of Johnny Cash, now performing at Herberger Center until April 12, is considered a jukebox musical, it doesn’t quite fall into the category in the same way that other stage musicals are normally associated with the term. It’s not a show with a fictional story wrapped around […]

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