Category Archives: Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle should recognize the title. It comes from a quote spoken by Sherlock Holmes in one of Conan Doyle’s short mysteries, Silver Blaze. In conversation with a Scotland Yard detective, Holmes wants to draw attention to the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. When the Scotland Yard detective […]

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The Wizard of Oz – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center, Phoenix

Remarkable, but true. In 1939, when MGM released the American movie musical The Wizard of Oz, it may have garnered great reviews, six Oscar nominations (it won two) and more publicity than almost any other film in a year considered a landmark for classic Hollywood, but there was just one problem: audiences were small. The […]

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unexpected – Theatre Review: Brelby Theatre Company, Glendale

There’s something you have to admire about The Brelby Playhouse, the small, intimate theatre in Glendale, near the corner of N. 58th Avenue; it’s the support it gives to playwrights, new plays, and the forum on which to present them, and that’s an exceptionally positive thing. The end of May saw the premiere of a new […]

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

You’d think after the popularity of the 1991 animated musical, then all the anniversary home entertainment formats, the 1994 Broadway musical, the national tours (not one but four), the regional productions, the high-school adapted productions, then this year’s mammoth, global hit of a live-action movie musical, whoever was interested in seeing Disney’s Beauty and the […]

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Legally Blonde The Musical: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

Since the seventies, despite its drop in popularity at the movies, the American musical continues to thrive on stage. In fact, not only has it maintained an audience, but since the new millennium, houses have actually increased. Stories told through song and dance are the undeniable leaders of the New York box-office, and because of […]

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The Book of Mormon (2017) – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

In recent years, standing ovations have become standard practice in valley theatres, handed out like free samples, even with mediocre productions less deserving of them. With The Book of Mormon, 2015 audiences at ASU Gammage in Tempe were cheering and leaping to their feet long before the show was over, often at the conclusion of […]

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