Category Archives: Theatre

Godspell – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Theatre, Phoenix

After a five-year run off-Broadway, then a further year on Broadway, Godspell may rank as one of the more successful though oddest musicals ever to emerge from the Great White Way. Consider the following: It has no structure in the traditional sense; there’s no plot; no setting; no sense of time; plus, it’s a religious […]

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The Color Purple – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

When the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, first came to the valley, it was part of the original national tour that began in 2007 and ended 2010.  Like its Broadway presentation, the original tour mounted a large scale production with a huge cast of 34 performers, recreating as much of midtown Manhattan’s The Broadway Theatre presentation […]

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Little Women – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

It was a year ago this month when Valley Youth Theatre surprised us all with an ambitious production of the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. The surprise wasn’t necessarily due to the youthful company’s professional approach, though it’s fair to say that audiences new to VYT are usually astonished when attending one of its larger […]

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Low Down Dirty Blues – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

When it was first performed, Low Down Dirty Blues was a musical revue of raucous, gritty, gut-bucket, good-time, dirty blues that ran for roughly 80 to 85 minutes, without intermission. It was set late at night in a Chicago Jazz joint when most of the customers had left. Its cast consisted of two female singers, […]

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Henry IV, Part 1 – Theatre Review: Southwest Shakespeare Company, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

Here’s an important tip before seeing one of Shakespeare’s history plays: do some homework. Not a lot. It doesn’t have to be on the level of a college paper, or even a high-school essay. Simply go on-line or pick up a book and catch a glance of who’s who; perhaps even a brief outline of […]

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The King and I – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage in Tempe

As most theatergoers know, cast members who begin a national tour rarely remain throughout its duration, particularly if the tour continues traveling around the country, going from city to city for a couple of years. It’s like a carousel that never stops turning, with actors climbing off while others climb on to take their turn […]

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