Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Bodyguard The Musical – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Word of warning. If you arrive at the last minute to find your seat in the vast ASU Gammage auditorium for The Bodyguard The Musical, prepare to be startled. Without warning or even a voice-over introductory announcement, the show suddenly begins, and it begins with an unexpected boom, a gun shot, so shocking, you may […]

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The River Bride – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center, Phoenix

There’s an Amazonian folklore that tells of pink dolphins, known as the boto, who swim the river and turn into men. Once on land, the handsome young men seduce the village girls, impregnate them, then return to the river. Some believe the story arose because of dolphin genitalia bearing a resemblance to that of a […]

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Go, Dog, Go – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

What delighted Childsplay audiences in Tempe more than six years ago has returned for the holiday season to delight valley audiences all over again. Based on the 1961 children’s book, written and illustrated by screenwriter and protégé of Theodor Geisel, P.D. Eastman, the six rambunctious pups of Go, Dog, Go spring from the page to […]

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

It’s happened again. After opening its 2017-18 season with a play that presented an unusual dilemma for both audiences and reviewers, Stray Cat Theatre in Tempe has repeated the quandary. September brought us Kiss, a drama where anything discussed became a plot spoiler. It begged the question, how do you explore a play’s successes or […]

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Newsies the Musical – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s a genuine, theatrical thrill. It’s where a regional production surpasses the enjoyment of either the Broadway show or the National Tour. It happened last year with Stray Cat Theatre’s American Idiot. It’s happened again, this time at Phoenix Theatre. The 1992 film may have flopped (and […]

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The Man Who Invented Christmas – Film Review

It’s not unusual to read that the way we celebrate Christmas today is the way classic Victorian era author Charles Dickens invented it in his 1843 novella. A Christmas Carol. Close, absolutely, but not exactly true. Through the power of his written word, Dickens re-invented Christmas. December 25th was already a day of celebration for those […]

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