Phoenix Metro Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU Gammage BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU Gammage
by Lee Cooley - May 21, 2017

THE BOOK OF MORMON is just as irreverently funny now as it was when it opened in 2011.... (more...)
BWW Review: WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE at Childsplay BWW Review: WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE at Childsplay
by Erin Kong - May 16, 2017

Childsplay kicks off their summer with the rockin' Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, a reinvented production of the treasured stories by Lewis Carroll, written by Rachel Rockwell with a score by Michael Mahler.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Nuclear Implodes In Stray Cat Theatre's HIR BWW Review: The Nuclear Implodes In Stray Cat Theatre's HIR
by Erin Kong - May 07, 2017

Change can be jarring. The contemporary worldwide rise of populism demonstrates the backlash of the older generations against the new social current. Stray Cat Theatre's Hir showcases this social metamorphosis through the implosion of a nuclear family and its identity politics.... (more...)
BWW Review: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS at Hale Centre Theatre BWW Review: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS at Hale Centre Theatre
by Lee Cooley - April 16, 2017

NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS flashes back to simpler, slower-paced times. Great for 1950s sitcom fans 65+.... (more...)
BWW Review: GYPSY at Desert Foothills Theater BWW Review: GYPSY at Desert Foothills Theater
by Jeanmarie Simpson - April 03, 2017

This rags-to-riches story of ugly-duckling, Louise, the tomboy who rose to national fame as Gypsy Rose Lee (the entertainment queen who put class into Burlesque) is an all American classic; and Mama Rose, the pushy backstage mother who lived through her daughters, but paid a high price, is one of th... (more...)
BWW Review: Brelby Wins THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE BWW Review: Brelby Wins THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Jeanmarie Simpson - March 12, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company's Shelby Maticic has directed her company in a breakneck paced, enticing production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. With a book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn, it's a show that could be breathtakingly dreadful, but instead is wildly ente... (more...)
BWW Review: BLACKLISTERS at Brelby Theatre Company BWW Review: BLACKLISTERS at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - February 27, 2017

Blacklisters ain't for sissies. It is, however, a vital work by a serious young playwright, produced by an essential young theatre company that must be encouraged and supported. Our survival depends on it.... (more...)
BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Theatre Works BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Theatre Works
by Jeanmarie Simpson - February 27, 2017

Alanna Kalbfleisch is an utter delight to see and hear, with luminous skin, bright eyes and dimples in both cheeks and chin. Let's face it. She's eye candy. As Dot/Marie, the comfortable authority with which Kalbfleisch moves about the stage suggests a lifetime of performance. Her voice is off-the-c... (more...)
BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Is Magic At ASU Gammage BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Is Magic At ASU Gammage
by Erin Kong - February 13, 2017

While Matilda the Musical is silly, it is by no means lighthearted--rather, it is full of dark twists, and strong social messages about the cruelty of society, and the imagination that suffers because of it. The national tour of Matilda the Musical is based off of the classic children's novel by Ro... (more...)
BWW Review: Outstanding PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Brelby Theatre Company BWW Review: Outstanding PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - January 23, 2017

Now and then, but not often, a theatregoer experiences theatre that is THEATRE. Not theatre that tries to be film or television, but theatre that has the audacity to be theatrical. Theatre wherein the actor looks the witness in the eye and says, 'I know you know I'm an actor, and I know you're sitti... (more...)
BWW Review: A VERY HAIRY JAVELINA HOLIDAY at Childsplay Theatre BWW Review: A VERY HAIRY JAVELINA HOLIDAY at Childsplay Theatre
by Erin Kong - December 19, 2016

A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday has been in workshop for several years, and made its official debut at Childsplay Theatre this winter. With book and lyrics by Jenny Millinger, music by Todd Hulet, and based on the books by Susan Lowell, A Very Hairy Javelina Holiday is a family-fun treasure appropriat... (more...)
BWW Review: ANYTHING YOU CAN HEAR AND ONLY HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE Triumphs at Stray Cat Theatre BWW Review: ANYTHING YOU CAN HEAR AND ONLY HALF OF WHAT YOU SEE Triumphs at Stray Cat Theatre
by Erin Kong - December 12, 2016

This Quentin Tarantino-style black comedy is written by Arizona native playwright and actor Ron Hunting, and runs through December 10 at Stray Cat Theatre for its world premiere. 'Anything You Hear and Only Half of What You See' is a dark, yet hilarious delight, driven by plot twist and turns that l... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at ASU Gammage BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at ASU Gammage
by Lee Cooley - December 08, 2016

#MammaMia Farewell as good/better than previous national tours @ASUGammage... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU Gammage BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU Gammage
by Lee Cooley - November 25, 2016

Thanks to @BwayAmerica for sharing Julia Knitel as Carole King with Phoenix @ASUGammage. #SomeKindOfWonderful... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TRUMP CARD at Stray Cat Theatre BWW Review: THE TRUMP CARD at Stray Cat Theatre
by Herbert Paine - November 07, 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Soars At ASU Gammage BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Soars At ASU Gammage
by Erin Kong - October 24, 2016

This national tour of The Sound of Music, is delightfully delectable, and most importantly different. Rodger and Hammerstein's much-loved The Sound of Music is the tale of postulant Maria who is hired as a governess for the militaristic Von Trapp family. The movie portrayal starring Julie Andrews le... (more...)
BWW Review: Childsplay Presents JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK BWW Review: Childsplay Presents JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK
by Erin Kong - October 04, 2016

Reliving the innocence of youth comes only second to the joy of watching children experience theirs. Childsplay's production of Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook is based off of the beloved book series by Barbara Park, featuring the hyperactive, imaginative Junie B. Jones as the star.... (more...)
BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre Presents LIBERACE! BWW Review: Phoenix Theatre Presents LIBERACE!
by Erin Kong - September 30, 2016

Phoenix Theatre's Liberace! tells the story of a lonely closeted man, former child prodigy pushed by his working-class overbearing father, who somehow became the highest-paid entertainer in the 1980's, and responsible for inspiring the eccentric styles of cultural icons today. His death made a spect... (more...)
BWW Review: Love Isn't Enough In THE LAST FIVE YEARS BWW Review: Love Isn't Enough In THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by Erin Kong - September 20, 2016

Watching the story of 'The Last Five Years' is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You know the impending tragedy, yet it is impossible to look away. It is a love story that is heartbreakingly relatable and incredibly painful to watch. 'The Last Five Years' is told through the eyes of Jamie ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Loss Of Self Is Inevitable In VELOCITY OF AUTUMN BWW Reviews: Loss Of Self Is Inevitable In VELOCITY OF AUTUMN
by Erin Kong - September 09, 2016

Who does someone become when their memories fade? When they can no longer do the things they love, when they can no longer remember the names of the ones they loved? In 'The Velocity of Autumn,' 79-year-old Alexandra grapples with her impending mortality, and the slow, but inevitable loss of the nim... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE in Phoenix BWW Review: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE in Phoenix
by Lee Cooley - September 06, 2016

Theatre Artists Studio (TAS) kicks off its 2016/17 season in high fashion style with Nora and Delia Ephron's LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Murderess Is Made In A/C Theatre's LIZZIE BWW Review: A Murderess Is Made In A/C Theatre's LIZZIE
by Erin Kong - August 18, 2016

A/C Theatre Company takes the reigns from creators Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner, and Alan Stevens Hewitt, and depicts LIZZIE: The Musical, a phenomenon with head-banging rock music, haunting four-part harmonies, and refreshing feminist motifs. Directed by Kim Richard and Tim Shawver, A/CTC's pr... (more...)
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!'
by Herbert Paine - 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 ... (more...)
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!
by Herbert Paine - 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 t... (more...)
BWW Review: Holy Ogre! SHREK THE MUSICAL Is A Blast! BWW Review: Holy Ogre! SHREK THE MUSICAL Is A Blast!
by Herbert Paine - 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 mem... (more...)