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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: Young Talents Give LES MISERABLES A+ TreatmentBWW Review: Young Talents Give LES MISERABLES A+ Treatment
Posted: Sep. 12, 2016


BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Company's HAMLET Breaks The Mold ~ A Unique and Imaginative Interpretation!BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Company's HAMLET Breaks The Mold ~ A Unique and Imaginative Interpretation!
January 24, 2017

William Wilson delivers an electrifying portrayal of the aggrieved prince that gives depth, weight and nuance to Southwest Shakespeare Company's extraordinary production of HAMLET, directed by David Barker.

BWW Review: Art Is In The Eye Of The Beholder in BAKERSFIELD MISTBWW Review: Art Is In The Eye Of The Beholder in BAKERSFIELD MIST
January 20, 2017

BAKERSFIELD MIST, Stephen Sachs's adaptation of the true story of Teri Horton's quest to authenticate a Jackson Pollock painting, is the featured offering at Theatre Artists Studio in Phoenix.

BWW Review: Jaw-Dropping Hocus Pocus Is The Focus Of THE ILLUSIONISTSBWW Review: Jaw-Dropping Hocus Pocus Is The Focus Of THE ILLUSIONISTS
January 18, 2017

THE ILLUSIONISTS, a stunning showcase of magical artistry and theatricality, is a breathtaking and totally fun experience, well worth the suspension of belief and reason, now onstage at ASU Gammage and continuing through January 22nd after which the tour moves on to California and Oregon.

BWW Review: Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov To AZ Theatre Company's FIDDLER ON THE ROOFBWW Review: Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov To AZ Theatre Company's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
January 16, 2017

David Ira Goldstein, in his 25th and final year as Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Company, has mounted an intensely human and deeply moving production of FIDDLER that is exemplary both in its distinctive portrayal of characters and place and its magnificent stagecraft (Kathryn Van Meter's spirited choreography, William Forrester's exquisite scenic design, and Cynthia Savage's brilliant costumery).

BWW Review: In CAMELOT, The Dream Lives OnBWW Review: In CAMELOT, The Dream Lives On
January 16, 2017

Under James Rio's inspired direction, this version of CAMELOT, now on stage at Arizona Broadway Theatre, is an absorbing experience and an irresistible invitation to a momentary retreat to a world of romance and possibility. Matthew C. Thompson stands at the epicenter of the musical, drawing from his wide cup of talent and delivering a stirring and highly relatable performance as King Arthur.

BWW Review: WE'RE NO ANGELS Is Devilishly Delightful Comedy of Good and Bad MannersBWW Review: WE'RE NO ANGELS Is Devilishly Delightful Comedy of Good and Bad Manners
January 16, 2017

We're just a fortnight beyond the Twelve Days of Christmas, but it's never too late for an Epiphany, is it? In that spirit, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre has extended the holiday season with the worthy gift of WE'RE NO ANGELS, a light-hearted homage to the blessing of random ~ and fortuitous ~ acts of kindness.

BWW Feature: HAMILTON at ASU GammageBWW Feature: HAMILTON at ASU Gammage
January 15, 2017

ASU Gammage has formally announced, with an appropriate level of fanfare and satisfaction, that HAMILTON will play its premiere Tempe engagement and anchor the ASU Gammage 2017-2018 Desert Schools Broadway Across America Season with performances from January 30th, 2018 through February 25th.

BWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company Presents GUYS AND DOLLSBWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company Presents GUYS AND DOLLS
January 8, 2017

In the seasoned hands of Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's Founder and Executive Producer, David Hock, GUYS AND DOLLS is a fully enjoyable and light-hearted romp through the parallel flings between two guys ~ Nathan Detroit (Alex Gonzalez) and Sky Masterson (Matt Newhard) ~ and two dolls ~ Adelaide (Liora Danine) and Sister Sarah Brown (Lauren Koeritzer).

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.



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