Category Archives: Theatre

White Guy on the Bus – Theatre Review: iTheatre Collaborative, Herberger Theater Center’s Kax Theater, Phoenix

The opening of playwright Bruce Graham’s most recent work, White Guy on the Bus, floods the wide, expansive set with images of the stock market. They move about in patterns; projected images appearing as they would when enlarged from a widescreen TV monitor, accompanied by a cacophony of overlapping voices from various cable news stations, […]

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Charlotte’s Web (2018) – Theatre Review: Childsplay, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

For many of a certain age, anything that occurred four years ago probably feels like last Thursday. For parents, a revival of author E.B. White’s charming modern children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web at Childsplay may initially seem a little too soon. After all, it was the company’s opener for its 38th season in 2014. And now […]

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

Ask any writer and they’ll tell you. Somewhere in their home, tucked away in a desk drawer, there’s probably a heap of scribbled notes relating to a ton of half-baked story ideas that may never see the light of day. At the conclusion of Annie Baker’s most recent work, The Antipodes, you get the feeling […]

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West Side Story – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

To begin its new 2018-19 season, Phoenix Theatre has chosen what many consider to be the greatest musical of them all, West Side Story, including yours truly. The show’s influence on American musical theatre culture is undisputed, and it began almost as soon as it opened in 1957 on Broadway. While Rodgers and Hammerstein had […]

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The Scarlet Pimpernel – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

Before comic book artist Bob Kane drew a mask on billionaire Bruce Wayne and created his alter ego, Batman, there was The Shadow. Before The Shadow, there was Zorro. But fourteen years before Zorro, there was what is generally considered to be the first of the superheroes, a man who donned a disguise in order […]

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Altar Boyz – Theatre Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

During the mid-nineties, there was a certain musical performance from Ireland’s boy band Westlife broadcast live on Britain’s BBC TV, though it might also have been England’s boy band Take That. Difficult to say when they all seemed so interchangeable. The five teenage lads, whoever they were, gathered together around a piano, all dressed in white, […]

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