Monthly Archives: March 2019

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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Gloria Bell – Film Review

In the original 2014 Chilean-Spanish character-driven drama Gloria the title role was played by Pauline Garcia, a well-known playwright and theatre director from Chile. In the new American version, Gloria is played by Julianne Moore, and it’s a virtual scene-by-scene remake, which shouldn’t surprise when you discover that both films were written and directed by […]

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Night of the Chicken: Episode 2 – Space 55 Theatre, Phoenix

Isn’t radio great? Not single format radio with twenty minute or less music sweeps, then a block of commercials followed by another music sweep. Nor political talk radio with provocateurs full of hyperbole continually preaching outrage to their choir. But the other radio. The one that through comedy, or variety, or drama creates a theatre […]

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