Monthly Archives: January 2019

Miss Bala – Film Review

In 2008, a Mexican model and beauty queen called Laura Zúñiga became the center of a drug trafficking scandal. She had won a national pageant and was automatically selected to represent Mexico internationally. But before that happened, Laura was arrested. Along with seven other men, she was caught by the state police while carrying $53,000 […]

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale

Currently performing until March 3 at the Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is the bittersweet comedy from Richard Alfieri, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. It’s a two person, two-act, one set piece, and for the smaller and more intimate setting of DST’s Actor’s Cafe, it’s a perfect fit. The plot is in the title. It’s […]

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Jersey Boys – Theatre Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company, Phoenix

There’s a reaction from an audience member that was overheard at the end of Friday evening’s opening performance of Jersey Boys. “I never knew,” remarked a Phoenix Theatre Company patron. It’s safe to guess that the same thing was probably said by many as they filed out of the theatre on Friday night. They never […]

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Serenity – Film Review

In writer/director Steven Knight’s new slow burn, mystery thriller Serenity, there’s a blue sky paradise somewhere in the Atlantic, presumably off the coast of Florida but you’re never quite sure where. It’s called Plymouth Island. It’s small, tropical, and surrounded by endless miles of ocean. And there’s something strange going on. No, wait. Scratch that. […]

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Hostage – Theatre Review: iTheatre Collaborative, Herberger Theater Center’s Kax Theatre, Phoenix

At the beginning of playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks’ real-life drama Hostage, once his hood is removed by his Iranian captors, the first face Sgt. Kevin Hermening sees is his mother’s, and he can’t believe it. “Can’t you untie his hands?” the distraught mother asks his guard. The enlisted marine from Wisconsin was the youngest of […]

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Two Mile Hollow – Stray Cat Theatre: Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

A wealthy white family gathers at their family home by a lake for one last time. Throughout the course of the story, the pill-popping matriarch and her dysfunctional clan will argue, self-reflect, and suffer the consequences of things either said or unsaid, with plenty of reveals along the way. Before everyone leaves there’ll be tension […]

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