Monthly Archives: February 2019

To Dust – Film Review

In the new sardonically humored film from writer/director Shawn Snyder, To Dust, a wife passes away, and her husband, a Hasidic Jew from an Upstate New York Orthodox community becomes obsessed with her decomposition. It stretches the boundaries of something that at its base is quite absurd and most certainly morbid yet within minutes of […]

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Two Trains Running – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theatre Center, Phoenix

It’s 1969 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, an African-American neighborhood on the edge of the city. It used to be a bustling place; flourishing, a hive of activity, but not anymore. Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority has seized land, ready to bulldoze and rebuild, but with the people gone. Two Trains Running, performing now until March 3 […]

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And In This Corner: Cassius Clay – Theatre Review: Childsplay & The Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix

There’s a defining moment in our lives. When it occurs you may not recognize it; the moment is often seemingly insignificant. But when it does happen, it changes the path of fate. It’s only much later when you look back and hindsight becomes 20/20 that you suddenly see it for what it was and can […]

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The Secret Comedy of Women – Theatre Review: Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Here’s a tip for the guys. When you enter the Herberger Theater Center and the voluntary usher checks your ticket for The Secret Comedy of Women, then tells you, “Be warned,” take heed. After all, the clue is in the subtitle – Girls Only. Walking into Herberger’s Stage West and facing an arena full of […]

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Happy Death Day 2U – Film Review

From a purely business perspective, when a film that is said to have cost $4.8 million but grosses worldwide more than $122 million, you know there’s a sequel in the works, even if the story never required a second outing. When Happy Death Day opened in 2017 with a cast of unknowns it came as […]

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

“Once there was a china doll who was loved by a little girl.” The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was adapted by Childsplay’s Artistic Director Dwayne Harford, based on the award-winning children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo. When last presented in Tempe, the play’s epic tale with a large cast of characters was played by just […]

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