Category Archives: Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Review: National Touring Company, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Here’s a tip. Once the doors at ASU Gammage in Tempe open, don’t hang around in the lobby, go straight to your seat. Take the time to look through the program, or the Gambill. Like the 1982 Michael Frayn comedy Noises Off, there’s a program within the program of the play-within-a-play incorporating a fake cast […]

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

According to the book, Mamma Mia! How Can I Resist You? when the creators were developing the show, they were adamant about how it should look. Scenery was not to slide on from either side of the stage; there were to be no backdrops lowered from above to suggest a new scene-setting location; and it […]

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I Am My Own Wife – Theatre Review: BLK BOX PHX, The Phoenix Theater Company’s Judith Hardes Theatre, Phoenix

Our memories all have shape and form. When we think back on a memory, we change its shape. We all do it. It’s called False Memory Syndrome. If we reflect back on something repeatedly, it’s not the original memory we recall, it’s how it appeared to us the last time we thought of it. Its […]

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Night of the Chicken: Episode 2 – Space 55 Theatre, Phoenix

Isn’t radio great? Not single format radio with twenty minute or less music sweeps, then a block of commercials followed by another music sweep. Nor political talk radio with provocateurs full of hyperbole continually preaching outrage to their choir. But the other radio. The one that through comedy, or variety, or drama creates a theatre […]

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As You Like It – Theatre Review: Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

There’s a theory regarding the title of the play. It’s unconfirmed, but it’s a good one. Shakespeare was only too aware that the popular box-office hits of his day were romantic comedies. London audiences craved them, particularly romantic comedies with a pastoral setting. The gentle existence of idealized, country life appealed to city audiences. Aware […]

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Singin’ in the Rain – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

There’s a giddy delight to be had when watching Hale Theatre Centre’s new production of Singin’ in the Rain at its theatre-in-the-round presentation in Gilbert. That uncomfortable time in movie history when silent films transitioned to the talkies has a built-in, automatic level rife for parody, even if at the time for those in the […]

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