Monthly Archives: November 2018

Dear Evan Hansen – Theatre Review: National Touring Company Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

There was an incident some years ago at songwriter Benj Pasek’s Pennsylvania high school. What happened left such an indelible impression on the student that years later it would become the basis of a Tony award-winning Broadway musical he would write, with music and lyrics by Pasek and his writing partner Justin Paul, and a […]

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The Favourite – Film Review

The story of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite is the story of Anne, Queen of England. It was during Anne’s early eighteenth-century reign that both England and Scotland were united and became Great Britain. She remained the queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland until her death in 1714. But that’s altogether a different story. Politics […]

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Miracle on 34th Street – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

In 1963, when the Meredith Wilson Christmas musical first appeared, it was called Here’s Love. In fact, theatre purists still refer to the show by its original title. And if you look for the original cast album you’ll only find it only under the ‘H’ tab. But after a nineties revival in Toronto, and a […]

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Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

It’s probably true that since her passing in 1996, there’s a whole generation who have never heard of Erma Bombeck. For most of us, that’s difficult to believe. During her time as humorist and syndicated newspaper columnist from the sixties to the nineties, even if you only glanced at her writing or maybe never read […]

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Elf the Musical – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Despite its mixed reviews, when the Broadway seasonal hit Elf The Musical opened at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2015, incredibly it became the fastest selling show in the theatre’s eighty-nine-year history. Because of the country’s issues and its divisive political turmoil, a new Christmas musical with no messages to deliver, just a heap of seasonal […]

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Ralph Breaks the Internet – Film Review

Because of the industry’s ever vigilant watch to find the next movie franchise, it was inevitable that after the popularity of Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph there would be a sequel. This time, the one-time villain, now a lovable lug, Ralph (voiced by the equally lovable John C. Reilly) extends his adventures from the confines of the video […]

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