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Million Dollar Quartet – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

It really happened, and there are recordings to prove it. In what used to be an auto parts store, now converted into a recording studio at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, four early rock and roll stars, now legends, met together at Sun Studios for different reasons, and jammed. They were dubbed the Million […]

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Sense and Sensibility – Theatre Review: Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

When writer Kate Hamill’s comically mischievous and energetic adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel, Sense and Sensibility, was first performed by The Bedlam Theatrical Troupe in 2016, reviewers praised the production, mirrored surprisingly by those from the literary world. From the north east to most of the country’s theatrical community, gossip spread; which, when you […]

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Hair – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

First, forget the movie. Ignore it. If all you know about the Broadway rock musical Hair is what you remember from the 1979 film then you don’t really know Hair. You may recall a character’s name, and you probably remember some of the songs, usually the ones you already knew from repeated radio play, like […]

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No, No, Nanette – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

Think back to September of 2016 when Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert produced its musical within a comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. A lonely shut-in known only as ‘Man in Chair’ reminisced about his favorite 1920s musical, which then came alive before him. His show of choice may well have been an affectionate parody about a […]

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Outside Mullingar – Theatre Review

There are four characters. They’re Irish, and when they speak, everything is confrontational. One is accusatory, the other, defensive. Then they reverse roles; the one on the defense is now the accuser, and so on. And they shout. It’s how they communicate. Trying to make a point or getting to the heart of what they […]

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The Boob Show – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre, Phoenix

The Boob Show is a play about a girl who goes to Michigan. At least, that was her intended destination. But she never gets there. There’s a bump in the way. A literal bump, and it changes the course of her direction. As written in the notes from the playwright section of the play’s Phoenix […]

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