Herbert Paine

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BWW Review: CELTIC NIGHTS Extols The Indomitable Spirit of the Irish - Exhilarating!BWW Review: CELTIC NIGHTS Extols The Indomitable Spirit of the Irish - Exhilarating!
Posted: Jan. 29, 2016


BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare's OTHELLO Is A Tour De ForceBWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare's OTHELLO Is A Tour De Force
Posted: Jan. 18, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Reviews: GIRL ON THE EDGE Is A Poignant Tribute to the Power of Caring and the Possibility of RedemptionBWW Reviews: GIRL ON THE EDGE Is A Poignant Tribute to the Power of Caring
Posted: Feb. 23, 2015


BWW Reviews: Arizona Broadway Theatre's LES MIS Is Magnificent! Thus, A Bouquet of Bravos!BWW Reviews: Arizona Broadway Theatre's LES MIS Is Magnificent!
Posted: Mar. 13, 2015


BWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative's PASSING STRANGE Is Phenomenal - Amazing Cast Graces Stew's MusicBWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative's PASSING STRANGE Is Phenomenal - Amazing Cast Graces Stew's Music
February 8, 2016

iTheatre Collaborative's phenomenal cast delivers a pulsating and moving production of Stew's PASSING STRANGE. Directed by Jeff Kennedy, the show rocks! Phenomenal!
BWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater's HELLO DOLLY! Is Glowin', Crowin', and Goin' StrongBWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater's HELLO DOLLY! Is Glowin', Crowin', and Goin' Strong
February 5, 2016

Who doesn't love Dolly Levi? Why wouldn't anybody after Brandi Bigley's energetic portrayal of the overzealous matchmaker in Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's production of HELLO DOLLY!, directed by David Hock.
BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents CAROUSELBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents CAROUSEL
February 2, 2016

Arizona Broadway Theatre's CAROUSEL offers an uneven ride, punctuated only by the stellar performances of Jeannie Shubitz, Jill-Christine Wiley, and Kathleen Berger and Jim Hunter's elaborate set design.
BWW Review: CELTIC NIGHTS Extols The Indomitable Spirit of the Irish - Exhilarating!BWW Review: CELTIC NIGHTS Extols The Indomitable Spirit of the Irish - Exhilarating!
January 29, 2016

A tribe ~ a people, a culture ~ is defined by its history. If that history is wrought by famine and oppression, the experience will show in its art. Such is the case of the Irish, whose spirit, passion for freedom, and fortitude are exhilaratingly showcased in CELTIC NIGHTS: SPIRIT OF FREEDOM. The national tour of this show arrived in Scottsdale with a triumphant display of sight and sound, song and dance, woe and joy.
BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre Presents CALENDAR GIRLSBWW Review: Phoenix Theatre Presents CALENDAR GIRLS
January 28, 2016

On the stage of Phoenix Theatre, CALENDAR GIRLS basks and steeps in the glorious glow of its brilliantly assembled cast. Under EE Moe's astute direction, not one of the superb performances in this production overshadows the other; each is precious in its own right; together, they are simply magnificent.
BWW Review: GRAND CONCOURSE Divines The Limits of Giving and Forgiving ~ Theatre Artists Studio Has A Palpable and Inspired HitBWW Review: GRAND CONCOURSE Divines The Limits of Giving and Forgiving ~ Theatre Artists Studio Has A Palpable and Inspired Hit
January 18, 2016

Director Richard Powers-Hardt and his solid cast ~ Debra Rich, Shelby Daeffler, Tom Noga, and Luke Gomez ~ deliver a perfectly balanced and inspired production of GRAND CONCOURSE, Heidi Schreck's provocative and immensely relevant masterwork. GRAND CONCOURSE will stand as one of Theatre Artists Studio's most powerful and memorable productions. The show runs through January 31st.
BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare's OTHELLO Is A Tour De ForceBWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare's OTHELLO Is A Tour De Force
January 18, 2016

Southwest Shakespeare Company's mastery in interpreting the Bard's work is on display in this intelligently and innovatively conceived edition of OTHELLO, directed by Harold Dixon. Jesse James Kamps and Hope Brown deliver compelling performances as Iago and the Moor.
BWW Review: IF/THEN Stands on Idina Menzel's Star PowerBWW Review: IF/THEN Stands on Idina Menzel's Star Power
January 14, 2016

In addition to Idina Menzel's predictably powerhouse vocals, IF/THEN features a stellar performance by LaChanze. She is a non-stop engine of energy, delivering one knockout song after another and acting up a storm. Janine DiVita stands out as well as a talent to watch.
BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Beams With InspirationBWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Beams With Inspiration
December 21, 2015

The interpretation and staging of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY by director/actor Tim Shawver and his fellow thespians ~ Marshall Glass, Devon Nickel, Katie Larson, Traci McCormick, and Timothy Pittman ~ are impressive, entertaining, and heartwarming. On the air now at AZ Broadway Theatre ~ through December 24th.
BWW Review: Greasepaint Youtheatre Presents OLIVER!BWW Review: Greasepaint Youtheatre Presents OLIVER!
December 14, 2015

Many marvelous moments in Greasepaint's uplifting and well-played production of OLIVER! directed by Dale Nakagawa and choreographed by Molly Lajoie. A fine holiday treat for the family.
BWW Review: Good Spirits Abound in Hale Centre's A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Good Spirits Abound in Hale Centre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 9, 2015

Hale Centre Theatre has rolled out more than just the proverbial red carpet for its 12th annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It has adorned the work with all the trimmings needed to dub it a glorious theatrical experience: Corrin Dietlein's lavish and exquisitely tailored costumes; David Dietlein's engineering of not just a set but of an environment; Jeff Davis's magical lighting effects; and a marvelous cast, featuring Mark Kleinman as Scrooge.
BWW Review: DISGRACED Skirts The Edges of Inconvenient TruthsBWW Review: DISGRACED Skirts The Edges of Inconvenient Truths
November 19, 2015

DISGRACED treads into a quicksand from which there is neither recovery, redemption, or revelation. There is only the sound and the fury of a soul adrift in the arid land of self-loathing and his irresistible pull toward tragedy. AZ Theatre Company does standup production but can't relieve play of its shortcomings. As explosive as its onstage fireworks and confessions are ~ and there is definitely no shortage of intensity in this play ~ DISGRACED ultimately falls flat, unsatisfying, and almost objectionable like an expired bromide ~ pop pop fizz fizz but no relief.
BWW Review: BROOKLYN BRIDGE Is An Awesome Feat of Theatrical EngineeringBWW Review: BROOKLYN BRIDGE Is An Awesome Feat of Theatrical Engineering
November 16, 2015

Whimsical, lyrical, and magical. A cornucopia of imaginatively crafted and elegantly integrated design elements. Charmingly acted portrayals of delightfully distinct characters. Rich with touchingly expressed insights about the journey to human connection. The vision of Melissa James Gibson's BROOKLYN BRIDGE has been fully realized in Ricky Araiza's staging of the play at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse on ASU's Tempe campus, featuring Olga Bezpaltchikova and a marvelous cast.
BWW Review: Fountain Hills Theater's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Is A Work of Order, Design, Tension, Balance, and HarmonyBWW Review: Fountain Hills Theater's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Is A Work of Order, Design, Tension, Balance, and Harmony
November 9, 2015

Fountain Hills Theater's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, directed by Damon J. Bolling is perfectly on point, featuring super performance by Kyle Bennett as Seurat, stunning turn by Debra Qualtire, great supporting cast, and extraordinary technical collaboration.
BWW Review: Childsplay's THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD Earns A Solid ABWW Review: Childsplay's THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD Earns A Solid A
November 9, 2015

Childsplay's production of Miriam Gonzales' THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD is strong on performance and message. Directed by Debra K. Stevens, Osiris Cuen leads a spirited cast in revealing the essence and importance of family and character.
BWW Review: Theater Works' ALMOST, MAINE Is A Tenderly Woven Tapestry of Love In Its Many FormsBWW Review: Theater Works' ALMOST, MAINE Is A Tenderly Woven Tapestry of Love In Its Many Forms
November 2, 2015

The glory of Theater Works' staging of ALMOST, MAINE, directed by Richard Powers Hardt, lies in the amazing ability of its four stars to shift seamlessly from one scene to another and to sculpt, at each new turn, distinctly different characters. It's a glorious interpretation of John Cariani's work.
BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre's THE TOXIC AVENGER Is Wicked-Great!BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre's THE TOXIC AVENGER Is Wicked-Great!
November 2, 2015

Big TENS all around for THE TOXIC AVENGER, now burning up the stage of Phoenix Theatre and oozing with spectacular staging and absolutely intoxicating performances by Caleb Reese, Johanna Carlisle, Trisha Ditsworth, Nathaniel Lewis Tenenbaum, and Lucas Coatney.
BWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM Is A Rich Portrait OF The Artist As An Evolving SoulBWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM Is A Rich Portrait OF The Artist As An Evolving Soul
October 30, 2015

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's production of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, smartly directed by Hector Coris and delightfully executed by eight talented singers, is a joyous journey into the mind and soul of one of America's most prolific songwriters.
BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents AMERICAN MYTHBWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents AMERICAN MYTH
October 26, 2015

Director Robyn Allen and Theatre Artists Studio's skilled cast make AMERICAN MYTH a thought-provoking theatrical experience.
BWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Is A Mesmerizing Masterpiece of Music and MemoriesBWW Review: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Is A Mesmerizing Masterpiece of Music and Memories
October 19, 2015

Hershey Felder take to the stage as the dean of American songwriters in HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN ~ currently, the second production of Arizona Theatre Company's 49th Season. And it is a bonanza!


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