Category Archives: Theatre

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

After the completion of its acclaimed production of Newsies across town at Herberger Theater Center, Valley Youth Theatre has now moved back to its home base on North 1st Street in Phoenix with an Arizona premiere. Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is a new comedy with a built-in theme that packs a thoroughly entertaining punch. Up […]

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Titanic the Musical – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Think of it. A show about the deadliest commercial maritime disaster in history. A vessel that needed 54 lifeboats but only had 20. More than 1,500 passengers drowned. And it’s a musical. Considering that everything about the project sounded like a disaster ready to tank long before it left dry dock, you have to wonder […]

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Fun Home – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

After a long development period and a well-received run at New York’s Public Theatre, once the musical drama Fun Home finally opened on Broadway, it was adapted for the more intimate Circle in the Square Theatre. As with all productions where the audience is seated around the action, scenery was suggested, and settings were established […]

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Native Gardens – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

When young couple Pablo (Keith Contreras) and his very pregnant wife Tania (Arlene Chico-Lugo) move to Washington, D.C., they buy a brownstone fixer-upper in a historic neighborhood. It’s not just the house that needs fixing, it’s also the backyard, the one with the dilapidated chain link fencing, the weeds, the huge oak tree and its […]

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Waitress – Theatre Review: National Touring production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

When expert pie-maker and waitress Jenna (an outstanding Christine Dwyer with a dynamic voice) either concocts or fantasizes the recipe for a new pie, the lights change and an almost other-worldly voice sings the pie’s first ingredient: “Sugar.” And depending on her mood, the waitress gives each pie an individual name, such as “My Eggs […]

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The First Annual Book Burners Convention – Theatre Review: Space 55 Theatre

Having worked at both Zia Records and Half Price Books, if there’s anyone who must know a thing or two about used bookstores, the people who shop there, and what it’s like to come across the occasional interesting item, it would be Ashley Naftule. Currently, the Associate Artistic Director for Space 55, the valley’s small, […]

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