Monthly Archives: March 2018

Gidion’s Knot – Theatre Review: TCA Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe

There’s nothing easy for an elementary school teacher when teaching 5th grade. For the students, it’s a time of transition. They roll their eyes when told to do something; they’re not always interested in explaining things, particularly when they’re not entirely sure why they think what they think; and they pick sides as they group […]

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Million Dollar Quartet – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

It really happened, and there are recordings to prove it. In what used to be an auto parts store, now converted into a recording studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, four early rock and roll stars, now legends, met together at Sun Studios for different reasons, and jammed. They were dubbed the Million […]

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Gringo – Film Review

It begins with a frantic, desperate sounding, long distance phone call from hapless Nigerian businessman Harold (David Oyelowo). “I’m somewhere in Mexico with a gun to my head!” he screams down the line. Cut to two days earlier. In director Nash Edgerton’s farcical black comedy, Gringo, Harold, we soon learn, is in a heap of […]

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A Wrinkle in Time – Film Review

Director Ava DuVernay has said that her film, A Wrinkle in Time, is intended to be a love letter to young people, and it’s easy to understand why. Ever since the Madeleine L’Engle science fantasy novel for children was published in 1962, the book has not only won a handful of prestigious literary awards, it’s […]

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Sense and Sensibility – Theatre Review: Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

When writer Kate Hamill’s comically mischievous and energetic adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel, Sense and Sensibility, was first performed by The Bedlam Theatrical Troupe in 2016, reviewers praised the production, mirrored surprisingly by those from the literary world. From the north east to most of the country’s theatrical community, gossip spread; which, when you […]

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Red Sparrow – Film Review

By all accounts, Russia’s Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a great ballerina, a jewel in the Bolshoi Ballet crown. In fact, she’s considered such a treasure, the Bolshoi even pays for her apartment, including the wages of a nurse who helps care for Dominika’s frail mother (Joely Richardson). But a horrific on-stage accident changes everything. […]

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