Monthly Archives: May 2017

Legally Blonde The Musical: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

Since the seventies, despite its drop in popularity at the movies, the American musical continues to thrive on stage. In fact, not only has it maintained an audience, but since the new millennium, houses have actually increased. Stories told through song and dance are the undeniable leaders of the New York box-office, and because of […]

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Film Review

Scholars of Greek mythology have differing views when it comes to the subject of Poseidon’s Trident. Some talk of it being a thunderbolt. Others talk of it having three prongs. The one talked of and eventually found in the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise resembles less a bolt and more a […]

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Wakefield – Film Review

Ever wanted to switch off? Maybe press the pause button, put your life on hold, then disappear, if only for a moment? Howard Wakefield did. But for Howard, it wasn’t a moment, or even a few minutes. It wasn’t even days. He switched off, said nothing to the family, and disappeared for months. In fact, […]

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The Book of Mormon (2017) – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

In recent years, standing ovations have become standard practice in valley theatres, handed out like free samples, even with mediocre productions less deserving of them. With The Book of Mormon, 2015 audiences at ASU Gammage in Tempe were cheering and leaping to their feet long before the show was over, often at the conclusion of […]

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Aida – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

Entering the theatre-in-the-round for the new production of the musical Aida at Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre is like being seated within the walls of a museum exhibit. Hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt, or the words of gods, surround the house walls against a backdrop of painted stone. And there before you, centered on the small stage area […]

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Alien: Covenant – Film Review

For the dedicated follower, there can’t be a more frustrating series of films with such varying, unequal results as the Alien franchise. After the original and its sequel, there are no other continuing big screen adventures that promise so much yet deliver so many ultimate disappointments. The audience is there; it always is, the box-office […]

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