Category Archives: Theatre

Two Trains Running – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theatre Center, Phoenix

It’s 1969 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, an African-American neighborhood on the edge of the city. It used to be a bustling place; flourishing, a hive of activity, but not anymore. Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority has seized land, ready to bulldoze and rebuild, but with the people gone. Two Trains Running, performing now until March 3 […]

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And In This Corner: Cassius Clay – Theatre Review: Childsplay & The Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix

There’s a defining moment in our lives. When it occurs you may not recognize it; the moment is often seemingly insignificant. But when it does happen, it changes the path of fate. It’s only much later when you look back and hindsight becomes 20/20 that you suddenly see it for what it was and can […]

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The Secret Comedy of Women – Theatre Review: Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Here’s a tip for the guys. When you enter the Herberger Theater Center and the voluntary usher checks your ticket for The Secret Comedy of Women, then tells you, “Be warned,” take heed. After all, the clue is in the subtitle – Girls Only. Walking into Herberger’s Stage West and facing an arena full of […]

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

“Once there was a china doll who was loved by a little girl.” The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was adapted by Childsplay’s Artistic Director Dwayne Harford, based on the award-winning children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo. When last presented in Tempe, the play’s epic tale with a large cast of characters was played by just […]

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An American in Paris – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

With the exception of a conductor, there’s no other role in theatre whose work relies solely on the performance of others – the director. Movies are different. Unless there’s studio interference, film remains a director’s medium. But not theatre. The director can guide the structure, coax a performance, and block the moves, but once that […]

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Aladdin, the Musical – Theatre Review; National Touring Company, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Maybe it was a happy accident. Maybe not. Following the success of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the most recent Broadway musical to be adapted from a Disney animated feature is Aladdin, though its inspiration appears to come not so much from the film but from that cherished style of British musical […]

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