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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Scottsdale

Currently performing until March 3 at the Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is the bittersweet comedy from Richard Alfieri, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. It’s a two person, two-act, one set piece, and for the smaller and more intimate setting of DST’s Actor’s Cafe, it’s a perfect fit. The plot is in the title. It’s […]

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Jersey Boys – Theatre Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company, Phoenix

There’s a reaction from an audience member that was overheard at the end of Friday evening’s opening performance of Jersey Boys. “I never knew,” remarked a Phoenix Theatre Company patron. It’s safe to guess that the same thing was probably said by many as they filed out of the theatre on Friday night. They never […]

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Hostage – Theatre Review: iTheatre Collaborative, Herberger Theater Center’s Kax Theatre, Phoenix

At the beginning of playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks’ real-life drama Hostage, once his hood is removed by his Iranian captors, the first face Sgt. Kevin Hermening sees is his mother’s, and he can’t believe it. “Can’t you untie his hands?” the distraught mother asks his guard. The enlisted marine from Wisconsin was the youngest of […]

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Two Mile Hollow – Stray Cat Theatre: Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe

A wealthy white family gathers at their family home by a lake for one last time. Throughout the course of the story, the pill-popping matriarch and her dysfunctional clan will argue, self-reflect, and suffer the consequences of things either said or unsaid, with plenty of reveals along the way. Before everyone leaves there’ll be tension […]

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The Music Man – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

A tradition continues. After an exemplary production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2017 followed by an audacious but successfully re-imagined Man of La Mancha for 2018, Arizona Theatre Company proceeds with its recent new direction of including at least one classic Broadway musical in its season’s lineup. This year it’s the gloriously old-fashioned piece […]

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Hello, Dolly! – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

Followers of comedy musical theatre must surely be in heaven. This week sees the opening of not one but two professional, high-production value comedy musicals in the valley, both from the same era, both with a nostalgic turn-of-the-last-century setting and both from the showbiz school of they-don’t-write-’em-like-that-anymore musicals. The second production we’ll get to later […]

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