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The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus – Childsplay; Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

For its 2018/19 season opener, Childsplay chose a favorite, Charlotte’s Web. As a followup, the company has gone with something completely different. It’s an Arizona premiere. In fact, it’s a world premiere, a one-woman show by Eric Coble featuring Kate Haas who tells the tale of The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus. And she does. […]

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre – Theatre Review: Southwest Shakespeare Company, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

During the 16th and 17th centuries, one of the several reasons ruling authorities disliked theatre was because of its popularity. It couldn’t control the crowds. Shakespeare’s Globe was nestled on the south bank of the River Thames, which back then was not a part of London. The city was on the north side. So when […]

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Frankenstein – Theatre Review: Southwest Shakespeare Company, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

It’s amazing to think that the world’s most famous Gothic Horror novel, the one that practically invented stories that begin on dark, stormy nights, was written by an eighteenth-century teenager. Certain scholars have speculated that perhaps it was really the work of Percy Shelley, giving credence to the reason as to why the novel was […]

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The Bad Seed – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale

During his lifetime, literary success would never be his. His last novel, The Bad Seed would go on to become a bestseller, but he would never enjoy it; author William March passed away just one month after the book was published. He would never see the faithfully adapted stage version written that same year in […]

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Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical – Theatre Review: Valley Youth Theatre, Phoenix

After the completion of its acclaimed production of Newsies across town at Herberger Theater Center, Valley Youth Theatre has now moved back to its home base on North 1st Street in Phoenix with an Arizona premiere. Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is a new comedy with a built-in theme that packs a thoroughly entertaining punch. Up […]

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Titanic the Musical – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

Think of it. A show about the deadliest commercial maritime disaster in history. A vessel that needed 54 lifeboats but only had 20. More than 1,500 passengers drowned. And it’s a musical. Considering that everything about the project sounded like a disaster ready to tank long before it left dry dock, you have to wonder […]

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