Herbert Paine

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


BWW Review: The Play EL CHE Begs The Question, Porque Che?BWW Review: The Play EL CHE Begs The Question, Porque Che?
Posted: Aug. 31, 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: 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.
BWW Review: Pearls of Talent Abound In THE LITTLE MERMAIDBWW Review: Pearls of Talent Abound In THE LITTLE MERMAID
June 13, 2016

SPECTACULAR is the key word for Valley Youth Theatre's current production of DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID, directed by Bobb Cooper and featuring enough pearls of talent to fill an oyster bed or two. Karol Cooper's lavish costumes, Dori Brown's sets, Mike Eddy's lighting, Mark Fearey's orchestra all add up to an exhilarating hit for the family.
BWW Review: The Band Is Where It's At In ROCK OF AGESBWW Review: The Band Is Where It's At In ROCK OF AGES
June 6, 2016

The band is the essential heartbeat of rock & roll! In Arizona Broadway Theatre's current production of ROCK OF AGES, Mark Foreman (keyboards), Daniel Stotz (bass), Douglas Ramlow (percussion), and Andrew Hake and Jeff Lauffer (guitars) prove the point with an explosive and electrifying nonstop performance that plays true to the distinctive attributes of glam metal. ROCK OF AGES is a totally amped-up and vigorous medley of '80's hits wrapped around Chris D'Arienzo's otherwise very conventional and 'irrepressible love story.'
BWW Review: YOU CAN'T KILL A STORY Recalls Arizona's Day of InfamyBWW Review: YOU CAN'T KILL A STORY Recalls Arizona's Day of Infamy
June 3, 2016

Ben Tyler's YOU CAN'T KILL A STORY: THE MURDER OF DON BOLLES is not only a moving and truly theatrical memorial to Don Bolles but it is also a compelling tribute to the power and imperative of a free and unfettered press,
SUMMER STAGES: There's Plenty of Theater Sizzle in Store During the Valley of the Sun's SummerSUMMER STAGES: There's Plenty of Theater Sizzle in Store During the Valley of the Sun's Summer
June 3, 2016

While the temperatures are rising in the Phoenix Metro area, theater lovers can be assured of a cool and diverse range of theatrical offerings this summer.
BWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMANBWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
May 27, 2016

With its array of accolades ~ novel, film, and musical ~ and the richness of its themes and content, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN is a treasure trove of possibility, to be mined deeply and imaginatively for its allusions to the mythology of the spider woman, cinema, and revolution. On these varied accounts, Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's current stab at the KISS falls short. The multi-talented Hector Coris directs this ambitious production, but I fear that limited resources have roadblocked him from realizing the production's full potential.
BWW Review: Gripping, Compelling and Explosive -  HOSTAGES Explores The Heart of DarknessBWW Review: Gripping, Compelling and Explosive - HOSTAGES Explores The Heart of Darkness
May 23, 2016

Todd Michael Isaac and Mike Traylor deliver riveting and captivating performances as two hostages, isolated in a sterile cell and united only by their shared Kafkaesque despair, in iTheatre Collaborative's gripping and compelling production of Yussef El Guindi's HOSTAGES.
BWW Review: WHEN YOU WISH Is A Wish UnfulfilledBWW Review: WHEN YOU WISH Is A Wish Unfulfilled
May 23, 2016

Phoenix Theatre premiering WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY, a highly idealized and superficial portrait of the mogul of animated filmdom that leaves too many stones of character and relationship development unturned.
BWW Review: DISCORD Is Revelation Lite Well ServedBWW Review: DISCORD Is Revelation Lite Well Served
May 13, 2016

Scott Carter's DISCORD is more akin to an extended SNL sketch ~ longer to the tune of ninety minutes, comprised of a series of XV scenes, and made thoroughly bearable thanks to the whirlwind performances ~ albeit caricatures ~ of its original cast, Larry Cedar (Jefferson), Mark Gagliardi (Dickens), and Armin Shimerman (Tolstoy).


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