Monthly Archives: October 2017

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center Theater, Phoenix

Parents know everything there is to know about the animated franchise, Madagascar. They never had a choice. In an age of videos, DVDs and Blu-Rays, ever since 2005 when the films began, repeated home viewing was compulsory. There can hardly be a mom or dad who hasn’t had to step up to the imaginary mic […]

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Tomás and the Library Lady – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

In many respects, Childsplay’s current production at Tempe Center for the Arts, Tomás and the Library Lady, exemplifies what theatre at Childsplay is really about, perhaps even more so than other productions. It’s not only a case of content that inspires, it’s the production itself. At this point in the play’s history, Tomás and the Library Lady […]

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Tragedy Girls – Film Review

There’s something so gleefully demented about the carnage inflicted in co-writer/director Tyler MacIntyre’s comedy horror, Tragedy Girls, that from the opening scene, you’re unexpectedly hooked. Opening in the valley just in time for Halloween week, like the recent Happy Death Day, Tragedy Girls takes the slasher genre and has some unhinged fun with it, but […]

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Thank You for Your Service – Film Review

There’s an irony in the title that may not be immediately evident. More so than most other western countries, in America there’s a demonstrative respect given to the men and women who serve, who fight, who give their everything so that others don’t have to. And often that respect stretches to the families, even to […]

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Pippin – Theatre Review: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

Like the original Roger O. Hirson book, Glendale’s Spotlight Youth Theatre’s new, energetic production for the Broadway musical Pippin is a mixed bag of ups and down, highs and lows, successes and failures. The original source material was always an uneven combination of comical, anecdotal sketches; its rhythm soared in the first half, then slowed […]

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Geostorm – Film Review

As long as you know going in that what you’re about to see in director Dean Devlin’s Geostorm is pure hokum, you’ll be fine. If not, and its silliness is just too much, then for you this could rank as among the worst of the year. In fact, nominations for the Razzies may already be […]

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