Monthly Archives: April 2019

Stockholm – Film Review

Stockholm Syndrome is a term coined by newspapers reporting on the conclusions made by a Swedish criminologist and psychiatrist on an event that occurred in the early seventies. The name given to the peculiar condition was Norrmalmstorgssyndromet, something that would clearly prove unpronounceable to the majority of English speaking readers. To make things easier, a […]

Posted in Film

Stuck – Film Review

As New York City workers, tourists, and commuters go about their daily life, heading for the subway, gathering on an already crowded platform and eventually boarding their train, you can hear the sound of the orchestra warming up, readying for performance. “In the city’s underground,” sings Lloyd, the homeless guy (Giancarlo Esposito), “There’s a symphony […]

Posted in Film

Peterloo – Film Review

On August 16, 1819, at a public square in Manchester, England known as St. Peter’s Field, upon the order of the local magistrates, with sabres drawn, a determined cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of working-class protesters. It was a massacre. Numbers differ from report to report, but there were thought to be approximately 70,000 […]

Posted in Film

Tuck Everlasting – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

Here’s the question. Given the chance, would you take the opportunity to live forever? And if you did, would it be a blessing or a curse? In the challenging new grand scale production of the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting, now playing at Valley Youth Theatre until April 21, that’s the issue that will soon face […]

Posted in Theatre

Let The Right One In – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

In the bleak mid-winter of a small town in Sweden, there’s a boy who lives with his mother. He’s bullied at school. On the outside, he appears calm, non-threatening, even sheepish. But looks can be deceiving. On the inside, anger rages. When no one is around, he stabs repeatedly at a tree with his knife, […]

Posted in Theatre

American Mariachi – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Talk to any experienced caregiver of a dementia or an Alzheimer’s patient and they’ll tell you; playing a piece of music can have an extraordinary effect, particularly if there’s a personal attachment to the recording. It can bring to the surface a deeply buried memory long considered forgotten. It happens all the time, and when […]

Posted in Theatre