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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: WHEN YOU WISH Is A Wish UnfulfilledBWW Review: WHEN YOU WISH Is A Wish Unfulfilled
Posted: May. 23, 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: 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).
BWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist LaureateBWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist Laureate
May 2, 2016

If America had an award for satirist-in-chief, David Sedaris would be the odds-on favorite. If there were a garland for humorist laureate, it would rest on his head. DAVID SEDARIS on-tour proves the point in an evening of readings and commentary that is both intellectual, personal, and theatrical.
BWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Is An Invocation to Choose Life Even In The Darkest HoursBWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Is An Invocation to Choose Life Even In The Darkest Hours
April 25, 2016

In Hale Centre Theatre's current production of the award-winning classic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, high school ingenue Sarah Pansing plays the central character to the hilt, conferring upon the role a sensibility and sensitivity that one might expect of an old soul. Her performance is not enough however to elevate the production to its required altitude.
BWW Review: You'll Flip Your Kilt Over THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HARTBWW Review: You'll Flip Your Kilt Over THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART
April 22, 2016

The National Theatre of Scotland's THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART is wonderful ~ an innovative work of interactive drama, written by David Greig, directed by Wils Wilson, and starring the enchanting Jessica Hardwick as Prudencia, David McKay, Paul McCole, Annie Grace, and Alasdair Macrae. Richly conceived and magical in execution!
BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Blows The Roof Off THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXASBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Blows The Roof Off THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
April 19, 2016

Arizona Broadway Theatre blows the roof off the THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS with a non-stop hit parade of Lone Star big star moments. Leading the pack is Cassandra Norville Klaphake as Miss Mona, the madam of the legendary brothel that inspired Carol Hall, Larry King, and Peter Masterson to pen the tale of tricks and treats. Klaphake delivers a commanding performance as the mother hen who guards her coop with a righteous blend of good business sense and sentimentality.
BWW Review: Theater Works Presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKEBWW Review: Theater Works Presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
April 19, 2016

The exceptional and distinctively comedic performances of Cathy Dresbach as Sonia and Bruce Laks as Vanya are the highlights of Theater Works' otherwise uneven production of Christopher Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.
BWW Review: Dementia and Death Vie With Pride in THE OUTGOING TIDEBWW Review: Dementia and Death Vie With Pride in THE OUTGOING TIDE
April 11, 2016

In Theatre Artists Studio's current staging of Bruce Graham's THE OUTGOING TIDE, Michael Fleck, Judy Lebeau, and Steven Fajardo deliver stirring performances in a play that is equal parts revelatory, uplifting, and provocative.
BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN: Steinbeck's Portrait of Human Frailty Bristles With Power and ConsequenceBWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN: Steinbeck's Portrait of Human Frailty Bristles With Power and Consequence
April 5, 2016

Scott Greer delivers a stirring performance that cuts straight to the heart and gives heart to Arizona Theatre Company and Milwaukee Repertory Theater's co-production of OF MICE AND MEN. There is artistry, substance, and depth enough in Steinbeck's allegory of man's existential struggle to make this staging a must-see before it leaves Phoenix.
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT Shakes With HilarityBWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT Shakes With Hilarity
April 1, 2016

Southwest Shakespeare Company's TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by David Vining, is a skillfully and smartly constructed and masterfully played production with scene pictures and performances that will linger well after the lights dim.
BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Presents GLENGARRY GLEN ROSSBWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Presents GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
March 28, 2016

The gates of David Mamet's competitive hell are open anew on the stone cold set of Desert Stages Theatre, and, under the direction of Virginia Olivieri, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS storms into a riveting eruption of raw emotion and rage, driven by a palpable fear of failure.
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Is Firecracker Full of Laughs - Rapson and Massey Rock!BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Is Firecracker Full of Laughs - Rapson and Massey Rock!
March 17, 2016

What an absolutely and utterly engaging and rollicking good time is A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical, now on tour and raising the rooftop at ASU Gammage. Propelling that rooftop to delirious heights is a sterling ensemble, featuring the jet-fueled performances of John Rapson and Kevin Massey; the fun- and pun-infused lyrics of Steven Lutvak's and Robert Freedman's score, conveyed with brio under the direction of Lawrence Goldberg; Alexander Dodge's majestic period set; and Aaron Rhyne's uber-creative special effects (surreal projections of the m.o. of murder).
BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Upholds Tradition With A Pitch-Perfect FIDDLER ON THE ROOFBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Upholds Tradition With A Pitch-Perfect FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
March 14, 2016

Arizona Broadway Theatre has honored the legendary musical, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, by mounting an utterly captivating and inspired production, featuring Jason E. Simon's virtuoso turn and beautifully nuanced performance as Tevye. M. Seth Reines has directed a powerhouse of a show, giving meticulous attention to every detail and delivering a memorable theatrical experience.
BWW Review: A/C Theatre Company Presents NOW. HERE. THIS.BWW Review: A/C Theatre Company Presents NOW. HERE. THIS.
March 14, 2016

Spirited performances by Tracy Payne Black, Brenda Jean Foley, Kevin Fenderson, and Micah Jondel DeShazer give zip to NOW. HERE. THIS. A/C Theatre Company further establishes its cred as the new kid on Phoenix's theatre block.
BWW Review: Reason Meets Faith, and WITTENBERG Is The Winner: Exquisitely Witty and DeepBWW Review: Reason Meets Faith, and WITTENBERG Is The Winner: Exquisitely Witty and Deep
March 7, 2016

David Davalos's WITTENBERG requires a performance of mastery equal to the writing. The cast of Southwest Shakespeare Company's current production, astutely directed by Kent Burnham, more than rises to the challenge. Here's an ensemble devoutly to be wished, teeming with comedic energy and versatility ~ David Dickinson as Faustus, Marshall Glass as Luther, William Wilson as Hamlet, and Allison Sell as The Eternal Feminine.
BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents THE WEIR - It Is A Dam of Emotion Half-FullBWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents THE WEIR - It Is A Dam of Emotion Half-Full
March 4, 2016

The promise of Conor McPherson's masterpiece, THE WEIR, is half-fulfilled in its Arizona Regional Premier at Theatre Artists Studio. The play's structural elegance cannot be denied, nor can McPherson's muscularity of language be overlooked. The problem lies in the delivery. Neither do the performances rise to the level required to open the floodgate of emotion and tension that is at the heart of THE WEIR, nor do the technical effects set the essential mood.
BWW Review: TO THE MOON AND BACK Exposes A Cruel and Senseless Travesty of JusticeBWW Review: TO THE MOON AND BACK Exposes A Cruel and Senseless Travesty of Justice
February 29, 2016

TO THE MOON AND BACK is documentarian Susan Morgan Cooper's chilling expose of the travesty that has placed 259 children and their prospective parents in excruciating limbo. The story is as unnerving and convoluted as a byzantine plot. The result is a powerful cry for justice.
BWW Review: THE HUMAN FACE OF BIG DATA Unveils The Blessings and Threats of The Digital ExhaustBWW Review: THE HUMAN FACE OF BIG DATA Unveils The Blessings and Threats of The Digital Exhaust
February 27, 2016

Sandy Smolan's documentary, THE HUMAN FACE OF BIG DATA, tackles one of the most complex and pervasive megatrends of our time, and the result is a provocative and remarkably well-balanced examination of the benefits and potential perils of technology's progeny.


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