Category Archives: Theatre

Outside Mullingar – Theatre Review

There are four characters. They’re Irish, and when they speak, everything is confrontational. One is accusatory, the other, defensive. Then they reverse roles; the one on the defense is now the accuser, and so on. And they shout. It’s how they communicate. Trying to make a point or getting to the heart of what they […]

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The Boob Show – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre, Phoenix

The Boob Show is a play about a girl who goes to Michigan. At least, that was her intended destination. But she never gets there. There’s a bump in the way. A literal bump, and it changes the course of her direction. As written in the notes from the playwright section of the play’s Phoenix […]

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The Snowy Day and Other Stories – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

As a parent whose final duty of the day was to read a bedtime story on alternate evenings, watching Childsplay’s new production of Jerome Hairston’s adaptation of The Snowy Day became suddenly nostalgic. It wasn’t expected. In fact, the series of illustrated stories by Ezra Jack Keats repeatedly read alongside Goodnight Moon and My Dad […]

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Hand to God – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre with Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

There’s a very funny and unusually original ventriloquist called Nina Conti. Type her name, she’s all over You Tube. Part of her act, the adult portion, is performing with a monkey glove puppet that acts as her alter ego. The monkey says things Conti would never dare. The ventriloquist appears shocked and embarrassed, particularly when […]

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Hamilton – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

If you saw the PBS broadcast that documented the behind-the-scenes development of Hamilton: An American Musical, you’ll know where and how writer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda got the idea for his next show. He was away on vacation, taking a break from In The Heights, resting by the beach, reading a copy of the 2004 […]

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Agatha Christie’s Verdict – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale

Followers of English murder mystery author Agatha Christie know the formula, and it works. A murder is committed; there’s a group of suspects in attendance; one of them, perhaps more, but usually the one, is the killer. And it’s up to a certain, colorful character – a detective inspector, a private detective, or maybe an […]

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