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BWW Review: Make Room For A BENCH IN THE SUN ~ It Radiates With Humor and InsightBWW Review: Make Room For A BENCH IN THE SUN ~ It Radiates With Humor and Insight
Posted: Jul. 14, 2017


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BWW Review: Rub?n C. Gonz?lez Stirs A Mean Urban Soup In LA ESQUINITA, USARub?n C. Gonz?lez Stirs A Mean Urban Soup In LA ESQUINITA, USA
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BWW Review: Brelby Theatre Company Presents DOGFIGHTBWW Review: Brelby Theatre Company Presents DOGFIGHT
July 23, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company Presents DOGFIGHT, a sophomoric and muddled effort at a musical with a conscience.

BWW Review: Make Room For A BENCH IN THE SUN ~ It Radiates With Humor and InsightBWW Review: Make Room For A BENCH IN THE SUN ~ It Radiates With Humor and Insight
July 14, 2017

An entirely delightful gem of a production of Ron Clark's A BENCH IN THE SUN has opened at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, and the chemistry between its two leads is a sight to behold. Lee Cooley (revealing an impeccable sense of comic timing and caricature) and Jim Coates (an ideal foil to his benchmate's bon mots and taunts) are polar opposites, Harold and Burt, residents of Valley View Gardens, joined at their arthritic hips by the bonds of time ~ past, present, and the inevitable future. Donna Kaufman adds spice to the mix as a still starry-eyed veteran of filmdom who catches the boys' eyes.

BWW REVIEW: Autism Is Metaphor In THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ~ A Work Of Astonishing MagnitudeBWW REVIEW: Autism Is Metaphor In THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ~ A Work Of Astonishing Magnitude
June 21, 2017

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is a landmark piece of theatre, melding acting and technology with a result that is astonishing and riveting ~ a spectacle that is spectacular, requiring the directorial brilliance of Marianne Elliott, and featuring the tour de force performance of Adam Langdon in the National Theatre's tour production at ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ.

BWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents THE WIZARD OF OZBWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
June 19, 2017

Valley Youth Theatre's production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, directed by Bobb Cooper, features an enchanting array of young talents. The show, which runs through June 25th at the Herberger Theater Center's Center Stage, is perfectly suited for the entire family and guaranteed to fix a permanent smile on their faces.

BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Present Its Annual Festival Of NEW SUMMER SHORTSBWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Present Its Annual Festival Of NEW SUMMER SHORTS
June 16, 2017

At the end of every Season, the members of the creative collective known as Theatre Artists Studio put their muses to work and author, produce, direct, and act in a series of playlets. This year's installment of NEW SUMMER SHORTS, the company's 11th, includes a mix of eight 10-15 minute plays, each of which has something to satisfy one's theatrical palate. Some amusing, some inspiring, some provocative, some whimsical ~ all together, a satisfying potpourri.

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
June 7, 2017

Arizona Broadway Theatre's production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST radiates with intimacy and charm, thanks to standout performances by Jill-Christine Wiley as Belle and Tony Edgerton as Beast and a marvelous cast. A fun show for the entire family!

BWW Review: FRONT ROW THEATRE PRESENTS MY MAN GODFREYBWW Review: FRONT ROW THEATRE PRESENTS MY MAN GODFREY
June 6, 2017

MY MAN GODFREY, Eric Hatch's old but still relevant screwball comedy, is kicking up the dust at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre, offering a commentary on class and manners that is as relevant today as it was in the Great Depression.

BWW Review: AIDA Basks In The Glow Of A Trio Of Towering PerformancesBWW Review: AIDA Basks In The Glow Of A Trio Of Towering Performances
May 22, 2017

Ashley Jackson, Victoria Fairclough, and Ben Mason deliver towering, indeed royal, performances that imbue Hale Centre Theatre's production of AIDA with sustained warmth, integrity, and vitality and their characters with distinctive and relatable authenticity.

BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company's HOLMES AND WATSON Is Beyond ElementaryBWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company's HOLMES AND WATSON Is Beyond Elementary
May 19, 2017

David Ira Goldstein's production of Jeffrey Hatcher's HOLMES AND WATSON a masterfully crafted cliffhanger. The play is receiving its world premiere with Arizona Theatre Company.

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents OLIVER!BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents OLIVER!
May 5, 2017

When a gaggle of 25 eminently talented youngsters snakes around the tables of a workhouse dining room to the tune of Food, Glorious Food, it is a sign of things to come in Andy Meyers's production of OLIVER! (on stage through May 21st at Arizona Broadway Theatre): exuberant choreography (Kurtis Overby) and a dynamic song-and-dance ensemble to match.

BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Presents MACBETHBWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Presents MACBETH
May 2, 2017

Gary Zaro's tightly staged and well-paced production of the play, now at Desert Stages Theatre through June 4th is an energetic enterprise and a valuable opportunity to reconnect with the story about the shameless lust for power and the casualties in its wake.

BWW Review: RIPCORD Parachutes Straight To The Funny BoneBWW Review: RIPCORD Parachutes Straight To The Funny Bone
April 14, 2017

Judy Rollings and Patti Suarez are delightful as the antagonists in Theatre Artists Studio's rendition of David Lindsay-Abaire's RIPCORD, directed by David Weiss.

BWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents Eugene O'Neill's HUGHIEBWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents Eugene O'Neill's HUGHIE
April 10, 2017

In iTheatre Collaborative's current revival of Eugene O'Neill's HUGHIE, Greg Lutz delivers a masterly performance as a down and out hustler, Erie Smith, who is forlorn over the death of a night clerk. It is to Hughie's replacement, played stoically by Christopher Haines, that Erie shares his lament in this brilliantly crafted production.

BWW Review: SCOTTSBORO BOYS Sings Truth To Power ~ Director Jeff Whiting And Cast Deliver A Tour De ForceBWW Review: SCOTTSBORO BOYS Sings Truth To Power ~ Director Jeff Whiting And Cast Deliver A Tour De Force
April 10, 2017

Phoenix Theatre's production of Kander & Ebb's SCOTTSBORO BOYS, directed by Jeff Whiting, is a tour de force, featuring performances that leave you unsettled, breathless, and inspired.

BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASHBWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH
April 9, 2017

Arizona Theatre Company's production of RING OF FIRE is a a highly entertaining and upbeat tribute to the 'man in black' with a first-class cast that does its best when it is kicking up its heels and delivering every song with gusto. Featuring solid performances by Michael Monroe Goodman, Brian Mathis, Trenna Barnes, Allison Briner-Dardenne and a great band of musicians.

BWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Presents PRIDE@PREJUDICEBWW Review: Southwest Shakespeare Presents PRIDE@PREJUDICE
March 28, 2017

If, perchance, you had never read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, you'd be none the worse for the delight you'd glean from Southwest Shakespeare Company's scintillating and brainy production of PRIDE@PREJUDICE, Daniel Elihu Kramer's clever modernization of the 1813 classic.

BWW Review: ALBATROSS Is A Soaring Theatrical Experience ~ Benjamin Evett Is MesmerizingBWW Review: ALBATROSS Is A Soaring Theatrical Experience ~ Benjamin Evett Is Mesmerizing
March 23, 2017

Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett's ALBATROSS, now on stage in an all too short run at the Herberger Theater Center, features the gripping and riveting performance of Benjamin Evett as The Mariner. Mr. Evett is a force of nature in a tempest-tossed odyssey that reveals timely truths about the interconnectedness of all things, the ties that bind man and nature, and the consequences of mindless action.

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTARBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
March 22, 2017

Arizona Broadway Theatre's current production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is rousing and colorful. A revival worth seeing.

BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Hits The Bullseye!BWW Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Hits The Bullseye!
March 17, 2017

I daresay that Phoenix Theatre's current production of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is the musical highlight of the 2016-2017 theatre season. It is vintage Michael Barnard, full directorial guns blazing with a keen eye for the best in top-notch craftsmanship and splendid theatricality. His stellar cast, featuring some of the most versatile song-and-dance performers in the Valley of the Sun is locked and loaded for a volley of high-powered performances in a series of spirited numbers that are guaranteed to create a perpetual smile.

BWW Review: Stray Cat Theatre Presents NATIVE SONBWW Review: Stray Cat Theatre Presents NATIVE SON
March 13, 2017

In the directorial hands of Ron May, Stray Cat Theatre's current production of Nambi E Kelley's adaptation of Richard Wright's NATIVE SON offers an unnerving and intense portrayal of Bigger Thomas's downward spiral and the price inflicted on the soul by racism.



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