Monthly Archives: August 2017

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

There’s one thing you should always do when attending a Hale Centre Theatre production in Gilbert: get to your seat as early as possible. Much of the fun of any Hale production is savoring the new design and atmosphere of the arena styled theatre with its surroundings, individually created to reflect both the setting and […]

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Good Time – Film Review

Imagine a nightmare. What you’re looking for is always out of reach, and everything you’re doing can never be accomplished. Yet even though nothing works, you keep looking, and you keep going. And it it never ends. Worse, you’re not asleep. The credits for Good Time appear as late as fifteen minutes into the film. […]

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The Trip to Spain – Film Review

Following the formula established in The Trip (2011) and The Trip to Italy (2014), actors, comics, and spot-on celebrity impersonators, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon return as fictionalized versions of themselves making another culinary trip, this one to Spain. As with the first two outings, Coogan and Brydon, now writing for The New York Times, […]

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Logan Lucky – Film Review

Whether the rumor that screenwriter Rebecca Blunt is really a pseudonym for director Steven Soderbergh is difficult to say. Perhaps by the time you read this, someone, somewhere has unveiled the truth. But the real truth is, it doesn’t really matter; it’s a great screenplay, and it’s the backbone that makes this hillbilly heist comedy […]

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Film Review

A funny thing happened on the way to the court room. “My job is to keep you out of harm’s way,” states special protection agent Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) to the man he’s meant to protect. “I am harm’s way,” responds the client, hitman, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson). It’s the best line in the […]

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Shrek The Musical (2017) – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center, Phoenix

For many, it may feel as though it was only a few weeks back when director Bobb Cooper began Valley Youth Theatre’s 24th season of shows. It opened with a sparkling production of Shrek The Musical at Herberger Center downtown. But that was four years ago. From the perspective of VYT casting, a whole generation […]

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