Monthly Archives: May 2018

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

The setup could not be simpler, and it’s one that lulls you into thinking you know the formula. Told in real time – it’s approximately 95 minutes without intermission – the national touring production of the 2016 Tony Award-winning play The Humans, now playing at ASU Gammage in Tempe until June 3, revolves around the […]

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Big Fish – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

Depending on your outlook and the way you see the world, the Broadway musical Big Fish with Andrew Lippa’s pleasantly hummable score, now playing at Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert until June 30, can be about several things. On the surface, it’s about an Alabama farm boy who wanted to see the world, if, by […]

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Gunmetal Blues – Theatre Review: A/C Theatre Company, Hardes Theatre @ Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

The first time the late night band of the Red Eye Lounge played its Gunmetal Blues was in May 1991. It was at Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix under the direction of Michael Barnard, though at the time it was called Phoenix Little Theatre. That was 27 years ago. Circling back to where it began, Gunmetal Blues, […]

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First Reformed – Film Review

In the new drama First Reformed, written and directed by Paul Schrader, Ethan Hawke is extremely good as Ernst Toller, a small-town priest who was once a military chaplain. Toller carries a major sense of guilt. Following a family pattern, he encouraged his son to join the military. His son was sent to Iraq where […]

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Little Shop of Horrors – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

When Richard O’Brien sought inspiration for his 1974 comedy rock musical, The Rocky Horror Show, he turned to the horror B movies and low-budget science fiction thrillers of the 50s and 60s. With intentions of snagging a similar audience, when playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman looked back, he needed only the one low-budget B picture […]

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The Diary of Anne Frank – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center Theater, Phoenix

She’s often thought of as the little Dutch girl. As a result of her diary, she may even be considered the world’s most famous Dutch diarist. But Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. Because of the rise of the Nazis during the thirties, the persecution of the German Jews, and the timing […]

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