Category Archives: Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

When Richard O’Brien sought inspiration for his 1974 comedy rock musical, The Rocky Horror Show, he turned to the horror B movies and low-budget science fiction thrillers of the 50s and 60s. With intentions of snagging a similar audience, when playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman looked back, he needed only the one low-budget B picture […]

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The Diary of Anne Frank – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Center Theater, Phoenix

She’s often thought of as the little Dutch girl. As a result of her diary, she may even be considered the world’s most famous Dutch diarist. But Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929. Because of the rise of the Nazis during the thirties, the persecution of the German Jews, and the timing […]

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Rock of Ages – Theatre Review: Mesa Encore Theatre, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

Writer Chris D’Arienzo has written of his unapologetic love for musicals. But it was in his youth when he quickly realized a harsh reality: Chicks don’t trust their heart or virginity to a guy who says he’s straight but owns the original cast recording of Annie. So when the opportunity to write the book revolving […]

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Les Miserables – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

The story goes that when producer Cameron Mackintosh opened Les Miserables in London in 1985 he was convinced he had a flop. On that October night, audiences didn’t seem to respond, while opening night reviews were less than enthusiastic. The Observer called it “witless,” while The Sunday Telegraph thought it “lurid.” Then Mackintosh received a […]

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Church & State – Theatre Review: iTheatre Collaborative, Herberger Center Theater’s Rax Stage, Phoenix

There are two informal subjects we’re taught never to mention in polite conversation. One is politics, the other, religion. Having once moved to North Carolina, there were two things repeatedly asked in friendly Charlotte social settings during those six years of residency, and they never ceased to amaze: Who do you support and what church […]

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Silence! The Musical – Stray Cat Theatre, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

In the 1990 movie comedy, The Tall Guy, Jeff Goldblum played an actor whose big break was playing the lead in a new show called Elephant! The Musical. It was an intentionally dreadful song and dance version of The Elephant Man, a retread of the 1980 drama that starred Anthony Hopkins. It even featured dancing […]

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