BWW Reviews: ROOTED IN PEACE Meets The Aquarian Conspiracy
(2/26/2015) - Rooted in Peace chronicles Greg Reitman's odyssey to answer these crucial questions: Why are we so crazy? Does pop culture teach us how to be violent? Is there a peace game? How do we transcend the collective trauma that we derive from our constant exposure to violence? Why is peace so difficult to achieve? In due course, he learns about the keys to enlightenment and transformation.
BWW Reviews: THE IMMIGRATION PARADOX Explores the Core of America's Great Controversy
(2/26/2015) - The Immigration Paradox, the 2012 documentary written and directed by Lourdes Lee Vasquez, seeks the truth about the immigration issue, its causes, what and who are driving the noise of polarization, and what will it take to resolve the issue. A thoughtful work that can serve as an additional resource for civil discourse on the issue and its complexities.
Photo Flash: First Look at Theater Works' AZ Premiere of FOLLIES
(2/24/2015) - The Arizona premiere of FOLLIES opened on the Gyder Stage at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts on February 20, 2015. The music and lyrics of the dazzling FOLLIES score are by Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim. The book is by Academy Award winner James Goldman, also known for The Lion in Winter. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
AZ Puppet Theater Announces Upcoming Shows
(2/24/2015) - 'JACK RABBIT AND THE DESERT TORTOISE': This funny version of Aesop's 'Tortoise and the Hare' fable features slow and steady Dusty the Desert Tortoise in an epic race against wild Jack the Jackrabbit, set in the Sonoran desert. There's plenty of audience participation as you cheer for your favorite athlete!
BWW Reviews: Behold Beauty in ADVANCED STYLE - She Is Ageless!
(2/24/2015) - Hurray for Advanced Style, a manifesto in film that calls upon us to free ourselves from society's fixation on commercialized notions of beauty and aging! The special joy of the movie is the introduction to a bevy of enchanting beauties, role models in their own right. This highly-acclaimed documentary, directed by Lina Plioplyte, features seven remarkable New York women, as young as 62 and as advanced as 95, who decry the conventions of fashion and fashion for themselves the style that best suits them.
BWW Reviews: FOLLIES ODs on Razzmatazz
(2/23/2015) - Under the direction of Philip Fazio, Stephen Sondheim's Follies is receiving Arizona's first fully produced production at Theater Works. Mr. Fazio has pulled out all the stops to stage an extravaganza that in Broadway lore has been dubbed one of the great milestones of musical theater. Conceptually, the show has the ingredients and the theatrical devices that can make for a great show, but, live and on stage, the production feels cluttered. Its brilliance lies rather in its outstanding technical aspects, in large part attributable to Mr. Fazio's artistic vision.
BWW Reviews: GIRL ON THE EDGE Is A Poignant Tribute to the Power of Caring and the Possibility of Redemption
(2/23/2015) - The line between hope and despair is thread-thin. For an adolescent girl, tumbling in a tailspin of woes, the pathway to salvation may be as seemingly simple but as frustratingly elusive as parental patience and caring, a strategic retreat to a place called Maheo, peer support, and maybe even a horse named Betsy Moo. It may take a village to save a kid, but ultimately the kid needs to choose life. Girl on the Edge, directed by Jay Silverman and making its world debut at the Sedona International Film Festival on February 28th, tells the story of 15-year old Hannah Green, brilliantly portrayed by Taylor Spreitler, and her journey from victimhood to self-discovery.