Category Archives: Theatre

School of Rock The Musical – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

How is it, some may ask, that a Broadway musical so American in its setting, humor, and style would come from such British theatrical stock? Those who follow theatre may already know, but many who turn up for School of Rock The Musical based solely on how much they enjoyed the 2003 movie of the […]

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Annie – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre at Herberger Center Theater, Phoenix

When something works, and works as well as it does here, the temptation to return is unavoidable. Besides, there’s a difference when you’re the Valley Youth Theatre and you’re returning to Annie. Each new presentation of the show brings a whole new generation of both cast members and audiences alike who have never before seen the […]

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Mary Poppins – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

When the magical nanny Mary Poppins (Renee Kathleen Koher) first arrives at the Banks household on Cherry Tree Lane, she doesn’t fly in on a strong wind blowing from the east. Like the genie in Aladdin, she appears in a sudden puff of smoke in the middle of the living room. Your first thought, other […]

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The Humans – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

The setup could not be simpler, and it’s one that lulls you into thinking you know the formula. Told in real time – it’s approximately 95 minutes without intermission – the national touring production of the 2016 Tony Award winning play The Humans, now playing at ASU Gammage in Tempe until June 3, revolves around […]

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Big Fish – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

Depending on your outlook and the way you see the world, the Broadway musical Big Fish with Andrew Lippa’s pleasantly hummable score, now playing at Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert until June 30, can be about several things. On the surface, it’s about an Alabama farm boy who wanted to see the world, if, by […]

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Gunmetal Blues – Theatre Review: A/C Theatre Company, Hardes Theatre @ Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

The first time the late night band of the Red Eye Lounge played its Gunmetal Blues was in May, 1991. It was at Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix under the direction of Michael Barnard, though at the time it was called Phoenix Little Theatre. That was 27 years ago. Circling back to where it began, Gunmetal Blues, […]

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