Monthly Archives: September 2017

Brad’s Status – Film Review

The achievement of success in life means different things to different people. For some, it’s the happiness in what they’re doing. For others, it’s the journey, not the destination (which sounds like something a New-Age guru might say, but you get the idea). For Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) it’s having the things everyone else has […]

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Kiss – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

There’s an unusual dilemma that both audiences and reviewers are faced with at the conclusion of Stray Cat Theatre’s new season opener for 2017-18, Kiss by Guillermo Calderón.  What can you say about a play where almost anything mentioned becomes a plot-spoiler? And if that’s the case, which it is, how do you explore its […]

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mother! – Film Review

In director Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror/drama, mother! (lower caps stylishly intentional), the first thing you’ll see is a woman’s face on fire. The skin is peeling back from the intense heat, yet instead of writhing in the agony that would come with every nerve in your system, ablaze with unimaginable pain, she stares directly at […]

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Gypsy – Theatre Review: Theater Works, Peoria

With the change of summer into fall almost upon us, this weekend saw the opening production from the new MasterWorks Season 2017-18 at Theater Works in Peoria. Gypsy began on the large though surprisingly intimate Theater Works main stage just as it did back in 1959, with the glorious blast of trumpets bouncing off the […]

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

When the ABBA-infused musical Mamma Mia! opened in New York, it immediately became part of Broadway history, and not necessarily for reasons you may think. 9/11 had just occurred. Mayor Giuliani looked to the theatre community to bring the people back to the city. He wanted a show that was upbeat, full of life, and […]

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Crown Heights – Film Review

In 1980, a young 18-year-old named Colin Warner was arrested for the murder of another teenager, killed by gunshot in Flatbush, Brooklyn. A child witness was coerced by the police into identifying Warner as the murderer, even though Warner was nowhere near the area at the time. In fact, he was completely unaware of the […]

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