Monthly Archives: March 2019

Phoenix Film Festival 2019 – Special Report: Part One (Of Two)

The 19th Annual Phoenix Film Festival is almost here. Continually breaking records since its inception, last year’s festival saw over 28,000 attendees. There are hopes that this year’s festival will attract even more film enthusiasts. The PFF is Arizona’s largest film festival. During its eleven days, it hosts nearly 300 films, holds filmmaking seminars and […]

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The Hummingbird Project – Film Review

It has all the hallmarks of being based on a true story. There are times and dates to give perspective, location titles to let you know where you are, plus there’s attention to detail with an added sense of urgency that makes things anxious and even exciting. Yet once you know that The Hummingbird Project […]

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Review: National Touring Company, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Here’s a tip. Once the doors at ASU Gammage in Tempe open, don’t hang around in the lobby, go straight to your seat. Take the time to look through the program, or the Gambill. Like the 1982 Michael Frayn comedy Noises Off, there’s a program within the program of the play-within-a-play incorporating a fake cast […]

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Death of a Salesman – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages, Scottsdale

It’s amazing how potent the emotional impact of a 1949 play can be no matter how many times you’ve seen it. In a world where our technological developments advance at a breathtakingly rapid pace, certain things remain the same. When it comes to the laws of human nature, what was relevant in ‘49 can still […]

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

According to the book, Mamma Mia! How Can I Resist You? when the creators were developing the show, they were adamant about how it should look. Scenery was not to slide on from either side of the stage; there were to be no backdrops lowered from above to suggest a new scene-setting location; and it […]

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I Am My Own Wife – Theatre Review: BLK BOX PHX, The Phoenix Theater Company’s Judith Hardes Theatre, Phoenix

Our memories all have shape and form. When we think back on a memory, we change its shape. We all do it. It’s called False Memory Syndrome. If we reflect back on something repeatedly, it’s not the original memory we recall, it’s how it appeared to us the last time we thought of it. Its […]

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