Category Archives: Theatre

Tuck Everlasting – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

Here’s the question. Given the chance, would you take the opportunity to live forever? And if you did, would it be a blessing or a curse? In the challenging new grand scale production of the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting, now playing at Valley Youth Theatre until April 21, that’s the issue that will soon face […]

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Let The Right One In – Theatre Review: Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

In the bleak mid-winter of a small town in Sweden, there’s a boy who lives with his mother. He’s bullied at school. On the outside, he appears calm, non-threatening, even sheepish. But looks can be deceiving. On the inside, anger rages. When no one is around, he stabs repeatedly at a tree with his knife, […]

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American Mariachi – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

Talk to any experienced caregiver of a dementia or an Alzheimer’s patient and they’ll tell you; playing a piece of music can have an extraordinary effect, particularly if there’s a personal attachment to the recording. It can bring to the surface a deeply buried memory long considered forgotten. It happens all the time, and when […]

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Sisters in Law – Theatre Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company, Phoenix

The book upon which writer Jonathan Shapiro based his new play is called Sisters in Law, with the subtitle How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World. The New York Times Best Seller was written by Linda Hirshman. It’s a well-crafted, thoroughly researched, highly-detailed account of […]

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Big River – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

The atmospheric sound effects of croaking frogs on the Mississippi bayou aside, the first thing you’ll notice as you enter the house dangles from above.  You can’t miss them. Four large banners, hanging over Hale Centre Theatre’s forum, each perfectly angled so that no matter where you are in the auditorium’s arena-style seating, you’ll be […]

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Frost/Nixon – Theatre Review: iTheatre Collaborative, Herberger Theatre Center’s Kax Stage, Phoenix

Always innovative in both choice and presentation, for the final production of its 2018-19 series, iTheatre Collaborative opened this past weekend with Peter Morgan’s historical drama Frost/Nixon, now playing at Herberger Theater Center’s Kax Stage until April 13. The Richard Nixon television interviews conducted by English TV personality David Frost were a series of broadcasts […]

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