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BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT Is A Soaring AchievementBWW Review: Phoenix Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT Is A Soaring Achievement
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


BWW Review: An Evening with GARRISON KEILLOR Is A Time To RememberBWW Review: An Evening with GARRISON KEILLOR Is A Time To Remember
Posted: Nov. 18, 2016


BWW Review: THE TRUMP CARD at Stray Cat TheatreBWW Review: THE TRUMP CARD at Stray Cat Theatre
Posted: Nov. 7, 2016


BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents AN ACT OF GODBWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents AN ACT OF GOD
Posted: Nov. 21, 2016


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BWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist LaureateBWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist Laureate
Posted: May. 2, 2016


BWW Review: The Sweet Taste of Secret Love Flourishes In THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY - Elizabeth Stanley and Andrew Samonsky Are ElectricifyingThe Sweet Taste of Secret Love Flourishes In THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Posted: Feb. 17, 2016


BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT Is A Soaring AchievementBWW Review: Phoenix Theatre's BILLY ELLIOT Is A Soaring Achievement
November 21, 2016

BILLY ELLIOT is a spectacle of moving proportions, a celebration of the human spirit, that in its current presentation at Phoenix Theatre leaps and bounds with heartfelt fervor. Under Michael Barnard's direction, the opus is magnum, a grand collaboration of choreography, music, scenic design, lighting, and wardrobe ~ and a lustrous cast featuring Matthew Dean and Seth Judice, alternating as Billy. A must-see to lift the Holiday Season spirits!

BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents AN ACT OF GODBWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents AN ACT OF GOD
November 21, 2016

Arizona Theatre Company's adaptation of David Javerbaum's AN ACT OF GOD, directed by Marsha Mason and featuring Paige Davis, is mildly entertaining, short on solid laughs, and relatively painless.

BWW Review: An Evening with GARRISON KEILLOR Is A Time To RememberBWW Review: An Evening with GARRISON KEILLOR Is A Time To Remember
November 18, 2016

If there is anyone to whom a lonely nation could turn its eyes for comfort, GARRISON KEILLOR is the man. On tour and flying solo, Keillor delivers exquisitely designed concoctions of reminiscence and commentary, revealing why he is unequivocally one of the great storytellers our time and a national treasure.

BWW Review: THE TRUMP CARD at Stray Cat TheatreBWW Review: THE TRUMP CARD at Stray Cat Theatre
November 7, 2016

Mike Daisey's pre-Election monologue, THE TRUMP CARD, is a no holds barred diatribe to the choir about the 2016 celebrity candidate for the Presidency. Stray Cat Theatre's Ron May channels the author's snark and sarcasm with an intensity that is raw and visceral and engaging.

BWW Review: Anne Carrere is Arc De Triumphant in PIAF!BWW Review: Anne Carrere is Arc De Triumphant in PIAF!
October 24, 2016

On her worldwide way to the Big Apple and the 60th Anniversary in January 2017 of Edith Piaf's final Carnegie Hall performance, Anne Carrere has become a legend in her own right, interpreting the Little Sparrow's iconic songs with a mix of supersonic vocals and endearing countenance in PIAF! THE SHOW.

BWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Trades Up And Pays OffBWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Trades Up And Pays Off
October 24, 2016

Southwest Shakespeare Company's second offering of its 23rd Season is THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and it is, to use the Bard's words, a palpable hit. Contemporizing Shakespeare's plays isn't an original concept, but its application in the current production works especially well and reflects a series of astute decisions by director Kent Burnham that enhance the work's accessibility, relevance, and poignancy.

BWW Review: Not All Deals Are What They Seem in THE PRICEBWW Review: Not All Deals Are What They Seem in THE PRICE
October 24, 2016

William Partlan's craftsmanship and reverential interpretation of Arthur Miller's THE PRICE, now featured at Theatre Artists Studio, makes for a compelling and emotionally taut experience. He has guided his top flight cast through the depths and layers of Miller's architecture, opening one door of perception after another until truth stands naked at the exit, backed by the haunting laughter of irony.

BWW Review: Chords of Romance Echo With Vigor And Style In SEDUCTION AND THE HAND OF FATEBWW Review: Chords of Romance Echo With Vigor And Style In SEDUCTION AND THE HAND OF FATE
October 4, 2016

In SEDUCTION AND THE HAND OF FATE, the opening volley of the ASU Concerts Series at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Dr. Jeffery Meyer led the spirited and proficient members of the ASU Symphony Orchestra in an energetic and authoritative performances of John Adams's The Chairman Dances and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

BWW Review: Young Talents Give LES MISERABLES A+ TreatmentBWW Review: Young Talents Give LES MISERABLES A+ Treatment
September 12, 2016

Captivating performances by an extraordinary cast of young performers, under the astute and inspired direction of Kelli James, make Theater Works YouthWorks' production of LES MIS a must-see.

BWW Review: I Hear America Singing IN THE HEIGHTS - Phoenix Theatre's Production Is So Dope!BWW Review: I Hear America Singing IN THE HEIGHTS - Phoenix Theatre's Production Is So Dope!
September 12, 2016

Phoenix Theatre has kicked off its 97th Season with a block buster production of Lin-Manuel's IN THE HEIGHTS, featuring a sensational performance by Pasha Yamotahari as Usnavi, the bard of the block, the chronicler of the community's legacy, the keeper of the community flame.

BWW Review: PAGEANT - The Guys Are Dolls, the Beauty Is Bawdy, But The Play Lacks LegsBWW Review: PAGEANT - The Guys Are Dolls, the Beauty Is Bawdy, But The Play Lacks Legs
September 6, 2016

The Guys Are Dolls, the Beauty Is Bawdy, But PAGEANT Lacks Legs. The cast in Arizona Broadway Theatre's current production of the spoof does its level best ~ true troupers!

BWW Review: No Ifs and Buts in OR, - A Masterpiece Is On Stage at Southwest Shakespeare CompanyBWW Review: No Ifs and Buts in OR, - A Masterpiece Is On Stage at Southwest Shakespeare Company
September 6, 2016

The creative mind of Liz Duffy Adams seems to know no bounds, her works a diverse and intriguing whirlpool of theatrical concepts. OR, is no exception. It is in the telling of Aphra Behn's story, witty, sexy, and sophisticated, provocative and light-hearted, elevating the power of the word. It is a masterpiece, honored now by Southwest Shakespeare Company and featuring a superlative ensemble.

BWW Review: THE SECOND CITY: FREE SPEECH! (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) Is A Resounding HootBWW Review: THE SECOND CITY: FREE SPEECH! (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) Is A Resounding Hoot
August 31, 2016

THE SECOND CITY, Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater, is on tour with FREE SPEECH! (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) ~ and the cast is a blast! In what is featured as an 'irreverent look at America's electoral insanity' the hilarious and highly talented ensemble takes no prisoners. Must see!

BWW Review: The Play EL CHE Begs The Question, Porque Che?BWW Review: The Play EL CHE Begs The Question, Porque Che?
August 31, 2016

In the wake of an otherwise amateurish production of Marcelino Quionez's homage to Che Guevara, two questions beg for answers: Why Che? And, to what end? If the play is a work in progress, with aspirations for a larger stage, it might be helpful to ponder the riddles.

BWW Review: VYT's GREASE Is Slick and Cool - It's A 'Greasenado!'BWW Review: VYT's GREASE Is Slick and Cool - It's A 'Greasenado!'
August 15, 2016

In Valley Youth Theatre's current production of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's award-winning musical, the ensemble of talented teens ~ plus a couple of well-placed adults ~ kicks up a storm, plays their roles true to form, and has a grand time doing so. In other words, it's a GREASEnado! A slick and cool blending of Jessi Young's choreography, Karol Cooper's costumes, and Mark Fearey's fiery musicians.

BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide!BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide!
August 15, 2016

A full and diverse menu of theatrical offerings for young and old and every persuasion is on tap for the 2016-2017 Season in the Phoenix region. It is reflective of the evolution of the performing arts in the Valley of the Sun. Lots ~ old and new, comforting and provocative, comedy and drama ~ for the savvy theatre-goer to see and assess.

BWW Review: Holy Ogre! SHREK THE MUSICAL Is A Blast!BWW Review: Holy Ogre! SHREK THE MUSICAL Is A Blast!
July 20, 2016

Arizona Broadway Theatre's staging of SHREK THE MUSICAL exceeds expectations. Mace Archer has gone beyond the norm, directing something more than a lively and exhilarating show. He's fashioned a distinctive and incredibly intimate and engaging experience that speaks with authenticity to audience members young and older. Archer is aided and abetted in this theatrical coup by a gangbuster cast, featuring the awesome foursome of Jason Simon as the 'big stupid ugly ogre,' Liz Fallon as Fiona, Deonte Warren as Donkey, and David Brumfield as Lord Farquaad.

BWW Review: LEND ME A TENOR THE MUSICAL Runs Riotous at Fountain Hills TheaterBWW Review: LEND ME A TENOR THE MUSICAL Runs Riotous at Fountain Hills Theater
July 11, 2016

Fountain Hills Theater has wrapped up its 29th Season with a summertime delight ~ LEND ME A TENOR, THE MUSICAL ~ proving definitively that cool community theater is the best antidote for Arizona's triple digit heat. The musical adaptation by Peter Sham (book and lyrics) and Brad Carroll (music) of Ken Ludwig's 1989 Tony-nominated comedy is a madcap affair of love and empowerment that, under the clever and crafty direction of Peter J. Hill and with an exceptionally engaging cast, left me laughing and inspired.

BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT Tri-oomphs in TempeBWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT Tri-oomphs in Tempe
June 28, 2016

Ron May, Stray Cat Theatre's founding artistic director, has further propelled his arc of artistic excellence with a stunning staging of AMERICAN IDIOT, and, in turn, reveals the work's continued relevance. The production is a triumph in every sense of the word. May can lay claim to a trifecta of oomphs!

BWW Review: TIDE POOLS Reflects Well On Theatre Artists Studio's New Summer ShortsBWW Review: TIDE POOLS Reflects Well On Theatre Artists Studio's New Summer Shorts
June 17, 2016

Michael Fleck's TIDE POOLS ~ a creative, contemplative, and lovely 'paean' to Steinbeck ~ is one of eight engaging short plays on themes comical and whimsical and all relevant in Theatre Artists Studio's ninth annual festival of innovations, New Summer Shorts.



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