Monthly Archives: April 2019

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Sisters in Law – Theatre Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company, Phoenix

The book upon which writer Jonathan Shapiro based his new play is called Sisters in Law, with the subtitle How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. The New York Times Best Seller was written by Linda Hirshman. It’s a well-crafted, thoroughly researched, highly-detailed account of […]

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Big River – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

The atmospheric sound effects of croaking frogs on the Mississippi bayou aside, the first thing you’ll notice as you enter the house dangles from above.  You can’t miss them. Four large banners, hanging over Hale Centre Theatre’s forum, each perfectly angled so that no matter where you are in the auditorium’s arena-style seating, you’ll be […]

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Wicked – Theatre Review: 2019 National Touring Company Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Ever read the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West as published in 1995? If you saw the Broadway musical then bought a copy in the hope of reliving on the page what you enjoyed on the stage, it’s possible you were surprised. They’re not the same. […]

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