Category Archives: Special Report

A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail (2018) Special Report – Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

This past Friday evening, Valley Youth Theatre opened its doors to the company’s 23rd production of the musical adventure A Winnie The Pooh Christmas Tail. Fifteen local performers, all under eighteen, star in what has become Phoenix’s perennial holiday favorite. Speaking to VYT’s Producing Artistic Director, Bobb Cooper, when asked why does VYT return to […]

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Stray Cat Theatre’s The Cake and Why I’m In It – Special Theatre Report

I used to be an actor. Not a particularly good one. Compared to the high standard of professional players I’m lucky enough to review weekly here in the valley, I’d say I was mediocre at best. But I acted. And I had produced, wrote, and directed. I even had two plays published and received payment, […]

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Peoria Film Fest – Special Report

This evening heralds the beginning of a thrilling new event for students of film and moviegoers alike that, fingers crossed, will become an annual event for the valley. The Phoenix Film Foundation, Phoenix Film Festival, and the City of Peoria have banded together for the first Peoria Film Fest, starting tonight, October 19 to Sunday […]

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A Conversation with the 2018 International Horror & Sci-fi Film Festival Director, Monte Yazzie

Phoenix Film Festival (April 5-15, 2018) has announced the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival lineup, which will feature competition films, short films, filmmaking panels, and more. Now in it’s 14th year, International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival will take place April 6-15 at Harkins Theatres Scottsdale 101, 700 E Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Recently, I had the opportunity […]

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The 2017 Phoenix Film Festival – Special Report

If you’ve read a valley newspaper recently, you’ve seen the ads. If you’ve been to the movies during the past month, you’ve seen the posters. The 17th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, incorporating the International Horror Sci-Fi Film Festival, begins this week, Thursday, April 6 and continues for 8 days until April 13. Ever since Arizona’s […]

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Screening Passes for ‘Fences’ starring Denzel Washington: Special Report

It was earlier this year when valley audiences were treated to one of the best theatrical productions of the year. In mid-February, Arizona Theatre Company presented a powerful new production of August Wilson’s Fences at Herberger Center downtown, and local reviews, including one from this column, were overwhelmingly positive. Set in the 1950’s, Fences was […]

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