Monthly Archives: May 2017

Holmes & Watson – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

It begins with a crack of thunder and ends with the haunting, fading strings of a violin. And with that simple description of such a Gothic sounding framework, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re reading the intro and outro to a Hammer Horror production, the kind that chilled film audiences from the late fifties, into the […]

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Beehive the 60’s musical – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Watching the final production of Phoenix Theatre’s 2016/17 season is like powering up the turntable and playing your favorite all-girl sixties greatest hits live double-album, except here you get the pleasure of actually seeing those live performances for yourself. Larry Gallagher’s Beehive the 60’s musical, directed and choreographed by Michael Jenkinson, is not exactly a […]

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Film Review

In the slight chance there are still those who consider King Arthur a true historical figure, let’s get the record straight. He’s fantasy; stories derived from folklore from around 5 or 6 AD; a legend that grew in the telling with the passing of years. Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, even Camelot itself, […]

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The Wall – Film Review

As the opening titles tell us, it’s 2007 and the war in Iraq is winding down. The president has declared victory, and arrangements are being made to leave. But some of our military remains, including two American army snipers, Staff Sergeant Matthews (John Cena) and his spotter, Sergeant Allan Issac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). In this taut, […]

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Macbeth – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Actor’s Cafe

Where there’s often an artistic tendency for a director to either re-design, re-invent or completely re-imagine a classic Shakespearean play and make it his or her own, there’s something refreshing about seeing a basic, no-frills production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth as currently performed at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. It’s like experiencing a faint echo of […]

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The Dinner – Film Review

It never bodes well when the author of the book upon which a film is based gives the end result a thumbs down. In this case the author was Dutch writer Herman Koch, the book is his 2009 drama Het Diner, and the film is the third version of the same story, The Dinner with […]

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