Monthly Archives: April 2018

Super Troopers 2 – Film Review

How time flies when you’re having fun. Then, after seventeen years, there’s a sequel to Super Troopers. It would be easy to come up with one of those snarky film reviewer quips, like; after seventeen years, it’s the sequel no one was waiting for. That would be really easy. But it would also be wrong. […]

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The Color Purple – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

When the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, first came to the valley, it was part of the original national tour that began in 2007 and ended 2010.  Like its Broadway presentation, the original tour mounted a large scale production with a huge cast of 34 performers, recreating as much of midtown Manhattan’s The Broadway Theatre presentation […]

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Rampage – Film Review

Keeping in mind that those most excited about seeing Dwayne Johnson’s big screen video-game adaptation of Rampage have little interest in reading any kind of lengthy analysis or film critique longer than a few sentences, let’s go straight to the heart of the matter. Rampage is an awful film. Really. If all you want to […]

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Little Women – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

It was a year ago this month when Valley Youth Theatre surprised us all with an ambitious production of the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. The surprise wasn’t necessarily due to the youthful company’s professional approach, though it’s fair to say that audiences new to VYT are usually astonished when attending one of its larger […]

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Low Down Dirty Blues – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

When it was first performed, Low Down Dirty Blues was a musical revue of raucous, gritty, gut-bucket, good-time, dirty blues that ran for roughly 80 to 85 minutes, without intermission. It was set late at night in a Chicago Jazz joint when most of the customers had left. Its cast consisted of two female singers, […]

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The Miracle Season – Film Review

If you recall director Sean McNamara’s 2011 biographical drama, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board, it won’t be difficult to see the connection with his new film, The Miracle Season. They’re not the same story, but the formula is definitely there, and The Miracle Season […]

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