Category Archives: Theatre

The River Bride – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center, Phoenix

There’s an Amazonian folklore that tells of pink dolphins, known as the boto, who swim the river and turn into men. Once on land, the handsome young men seduce the village girls, impregnate them, then return to the river. Some believe the story arose because of dolphin genitalia bearing a resemblance to that of a […]

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Go, Dog, Go – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

What delighted Childsplay audiences in Tempe more than six years ago has returned for the holiday season to delight valley audiences all over again. Based on the 1961 children’s book, written and illustrated by screenwriter and protégé of Theodor Geisel, P.D. Eastman, the six rambunctious pups of Go, Dog, Go spring from the page to […]

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

It’s happened again. After opening its 2017-18 season with a play that presented an unusual dilemma for both audiences and reviewers, Stray Cat Theatre in Tempe has repeated the quandary. September brought us Kiss, a drama where anything discussed became a plot spoiler. It begged the question, how do you explore a play’s successes or […]

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Newsies the Musical – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s a genuine, theatrical thrill. It’s where a regional production surpasses the enjoyment of either the Broadway show or the National Tour. It happened last year with Stray Cat Theatre’s American Idiot. It’s happened again, this time at Phoenix Theatre. The 1992 film may have flopped (and […]

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Something Rotten! – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

In a show overripe with puns, lowbrow humor, and most of all, references to just about every musical you’ve ever known, you’d think there’d be a danger of the Broadway musical comedy Something Rotten! living up to its title. Yet the packed, opening night house at ASU Gammage in Tempe lapped it up, every second […]

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Madagascar: A Musical Adventure – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Herberger Center Theater, Phoenix

Parents know everything there is to know about the animated franchise, Madagascar. They never had a choice. In an age of videos, DVDs and Blu-Rays, ever since 2005 when the films began, repeated home viewing was compulsory. There can hardly be a mom or dad who hasn’t had to step up to the imaginary mic […]

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