Category Archives: Theatre

A Christmas Carol (2018) – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

At Christmas time, entering Hale’s seasonally decorated theatre-in-the-round in Gilbert is like walking into the center of Victorian London. To the north you’ll see St.Pauls Cathedral, to the south it’s Westminster and the tower of Big Ben, and on both the east and west sides, the walls are decorated with houses and London business establishments, […]

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A Christmas Story: The Play – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

For adults, Christmas is when we reflect. A time for nostalgia. It’s the season where we glance back at previous years and try to recreate in the present what made the ones in the past seem so magical and exciting. When film director Bob Clark adapted the short stories of satirist and radio personality Jean […]

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Dear Evan Hansen – Theatre Review: National Touring Company Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

There was an incident some years ago at songwriter Benj Pasek’s Pennsylvania high school. What happened left such an indelible impression on the student that years later it would become the basis of a Tony award-winning Broadway musical he would write, with music and lyrics by Pasek and his writing partner Justin Paul, and a […]

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Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

It’s probably true that since her passing in 1996, there’s a whole generation who have never heard of Erma Bombeck. For most of us, that’s difficult to believe. During her time as humorist and syndicated newspaper columnist from the sixties to the nineties, even if you only glanced at her writing or maybe never read […]

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Elf the Musical – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Despite its mixed reviews, when the Broadway seasonal hit Elf The Musical opened at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2015, incredibly it became the fastest selling show in the theatre’s eighty-nine-year history. Because of the country’s issues and its divisive political turmoil, a new Christmas musical with no messages to deliver, just a heap of seasonal […]

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On Your Feet! – Theatre Review, National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

After a successful two-year run in New York and a hugely popular international production in The Netherlands, the national touring production of the jukebox musical On Your Feet! the biographical story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, hit the road last year and arrives in Tempe with a burst of explosive high-energy, backed by a kaleidoscopic […]

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