Category Archives: Theatre

Kiss – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

There’s an unusual dilemma that both audiences and reviewers are faced with at the conclusion of Stray Cat Theatre’s new season opener for 2017-18, Kiss by Guillermo Calderón.  What can you say about a play where almost anything mentioned becomes a plot-spoiler? And if that’s the case, which it is, how do you explore its […]

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Gypsy – Theatre Review: Theater Works, Peoria

With the change of summer into fall almost upon us, this weekend saw the opening production from the new MasterWorks Season 2017-18 at Theater Works in Peoria. Gypsy began on the large though surprisingly intimate Theater Works main stage just as it did back in 1959, with the glorious blast of trumpets bouncing off the […]

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

When the ABBA-infused musical Mamma Mia! opened in New York, it immediately became part of Broadway history, and not necessarily for reasons you may think. 9/11 had just occurred. Mayor Giuliani looked to the theatre community to bring the people back to the city. He wanted a show that was upbeat, full of life, and […]

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Fun Home – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

There’s a moment near the beginning where everything you need to know about the musical Fun Home is revealed all at once. “My dad and I both grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town,” cartoonist Alison Bechdel (Kate Shindle) declares. “And he was gay. And I was gay. And he killed himself. And I became […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

There’s one thing you should always do when attending a Hale Centre Theatre production in Gilbert: get to your seat as early as possible. Much of the fun of any Hale production is savoring the new design and atmosphere of the arena styled theatre with its surroundings, individually created to reflect both the setting and […]

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Shrek The Musical (2017) – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center, Phoenix

For many, it may feel as though it was only a few weeks back when director Bobb Cooper began Valley Youth Theatre’s 24th season of shows. It opened with a sparkling production of Shrek The Musical at Herberger Center downtown. But that was four years ago. From the perspective of VYT casting, a whole generation […]

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