Category Archives: Theatre

Legally Blonde The Musical: Spotlight Youth Theatre, Glendale

Since the seventies, despite its drop in popularity at the movies, the American musical continues to thrive on stage. In fact, not only has it maintained an audience, but since the new millennium, houses have actually increased. Stories told through song and dance are the undeniable leaders of the New York box-office, and because of […]

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The Book of Mormon (2017) – Theatre Review: National Touring Production, ASU Gammage, Tempe

In recent years, standing ovations have become standard practice in valley theatres, handed out like free samples, even with mediocre productions less deserving of them. With The Book of Mormon, 2015 audiences at ASU Gammage in Tempe were cheering and leaping to their feet long before the show was over, often at the conclusion of […]

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Aida – Theatre Review: Hale Centre Theatre, Gilbert

Entering the theatre-in-the-round for the new production of the musical Aida at Gilbert’s Hale Centre Theatre is like being seated within the walls of a museum exhibit. Hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt, or the words of gods, surround the house walls against a backdrop of painted stone. And there before you, centered on the small stage area […]

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Holmes & Watson – Theatre Review: Arizona Theatre Company, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix

It begins with a crack of thunder and ends with the haunting, fading strings of a violin. And with that simple description of such a Gothic sounding framework, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re reading the intro and outro to a Hammer Horror production, the kind that chilled film audiences from the late fifties, into the […]

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Beehive the 60’s musical – Theatre Review: Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix

Watching the final production of Phoenix Theatre’s 2016/17 season is like powering up the turntable and playing your favorite all-girl sixties greatest hits live double-album, except here you get the pleasure of actually seeing those live performances for yourself. Larry Gallagher’s Beehive the 60’s musical, directed and choreographed by Michael Jenkinson, is not exactly a […]

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Macbeth – Theatre Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, Actor’s Cafe

Where there’s often an artistic tendency for a director to either re-design, re-invent or completely re-imagine a classic Shakespearean play and make it his or her own, there’s something refreshing about seeing a basic, no-frills production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth as currently performed at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. It’s like experiencing a faint echo of […]

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