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Herbert Paine

Herbert Paine

Herb Paine ~ Herb has served as Senior Contributing Editor and lead reviewer for BWW's Phoenix Metro Region since 2014.

He is President of Paine Consulting Services, now in its thirty-first year of operation, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, turnaround management, mergers, and governance. In addition to his work with corporations and government, he is a nationally recognized expert on all aspects of nonprofit organization management and has consulted extensively with arts and cultural organizations on strategic positioning, branding, and audience development. For more, visit http://www.UpYourNonprofit.com.

His provocative social and political commentaries have been aired regularly on KJZZ/91.5 FM, NPR’s Phoenix affiliate and are available at his blog, STANDS TO REASON at https://www.standstoreason.guru/.

Herb is an avid fan of theatre, both on and off stage. His most recent acting credits include roles as Sgt. Jeff Pugliese in the National Geographic Channel’s April 2014 docudrama "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers;" the King of France/Chaudron the forger/Ser Piero, DaVinci's father in Theater Works' "Finding Mona Lisa;" Inspector LeStrade in Fountain Hills Theater’s "Sherlock’s Last Case;" and Berry Bernard in the short film "Living Will." His directorial debut occurs with the production in May 2020 of SLEUTH at the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale, AZ.




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BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents AMERICANO!BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents AMERICANO!
Posted: Feb. 11, 2020


BWW Review: Bartlett Sher's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Transcendent ~ A Shining Event At ASU GammageBWW Review: Bartlett Sher's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Transcendent ~ A Shining Event At ASU Gammage
Posted: Jan. 29, 2020


BWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents KUNSTLERBWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents KUNSTLER
Posted: Jan. 21, 2020


BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents THE CHRISTIANS ~ Truth Meets Consequences In The Church Of The Holy Double-CrossBWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents THE CHRISTIANS ~ Truth Meets Consequences In The Church Of The Holy Double-Cross
Posted: Jan. 18, 2020


BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLESBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
Posted: Jan. 28, 2020


BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features  STANDING UP, FALLING DOWNBWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN
Posted: Feb. 13, 2020


BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features HOW ABOUT ADOLF?BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features HOW ABOUT ADOLF?
Posted: Feb. 7, 2020


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BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE SOUND OF MUSICBWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Posted: Nov. 18, 2019


Best Theatres In Phoenix: A Guide To The Top Local TheatresBest Theatres In Phoenix: A Guide To The Top Local Theatres
Posted: Apr. 1, 2019


BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents World Premiere Of WINDOWS ON THE WORLDBWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents World Premiere Of WINDOWS ON THE WORLD
Posted: Feb. 26, 2019


BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents AMERICANO!BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents AMERICANO!
Posted: Feb. 11, 2020


BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIMEBWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Posted: Oct. 14, 2019


BWW Review: Bartlett Sher's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Transcendent ~ A Shining Event At ASU GammageBWW Review: Bartlett Sher's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Transcendent ~ A Shining Event At ASU Gammage
Posted: Jan. 29, 2020


BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents IN THIS GRAY PLACEBWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents IN THIS GRAY PLACE
Posted: Feb. 25, 2019


BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features THE SILENT REVOLUTION
February 15, 2020

THE SILENT REVOLUTION is a must-see ~ one of the featured films at this year's Sedona International Film Festival. The film, based on actual events recounted in Dietrich Garstka's eponymous novel, is a sobering and poignant testament to the power of conscience and the ethical imperative of speaking truth to power, no matter the repercussions.

BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN
February 13, 2020

In STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, a film that is deceptively insightful and unsparingly poignant, Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz team up to deliver stellar and compelling portrayals of two men at their wit's ends who forge an unlikely but revelatory friendship. It is one of the featured films at this year's Sedona International Film Festival (Saturday, February 22nd through Sunday, March 1st.)

BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents AMERICANO!
February 11, 2020

AMERICANO! is an inspired act of conscience, directed by Michael Barnard, featuring a magnificent score by Carrie Rodriguez and superb performances led by Sean Ewing . a?oeWorld Premierea?? runs through February 23rd at The Phoenix Theatre Company.

BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features HOW ABOUT ADOLF?
February 7, 2020

Sedona International Film Festival features HOW ABOUT ADOLF? ~ Sönke Wortmann's illuminating masterpiece of satire. A brilliant and provocative work, featuring superb performances by Christoph Maria Herbst, Caroline Peters, Florian David Fitz, Justus von Dohnányi, and Iris Berben. .

BWW Review: Bartlett Sher's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is Transcendent ~ A Shining Event At ASU Gammage
January 29, 2020

In all the times that I have seen FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (and they have been many ~ whether on stage or film), I have never seen a production as inspired, imaginative, and moving in its staging as Bartlett Sher's. The vision of this Tony Award-winning director imbues this musical classic with a singular vitality and soulfulness that distinguishes it from its antecedents. Now appearing at ASU Gammage through February 2nd, the show is a stunning and magical mix of superb performances, Christopher Evans's dazzling and muscular choreography, and Michael Yeargan's vivid and ethereal set designs.

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
January 28, 2020

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES owns a well-deserved place in theatre history. In its current run at Arizona Broadway Theatre, featuring Jamie Parnell as Georges and Michael Ursua as Albin, while the story has a fair share of charm, wit, pathos, and flesh, for a show famous for its flash and flamboyance, this production is pretty toned down ~ save for a statue of David with a boastful appendage and an over-the-top performance by Seth Tucker as Albin's a?oemaid!a?? Runs through February 28th at ABT's location in Peoria after which it takes the stage at the Herberger Theatre Center in Phoenix from March 6th through March 22nd.

BWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents KUNSTLER
January 21, 2020

In KUNSTLER, Jeffrey Sweet's powerful homage to a seminal figure of the '60's and '70's, the famed civil rights defense attorney, William Kunstler, is revealed in his more human dimension, and the history of the times is dramatically chronicled. The play is, at once, both intellectual and emotional ~and, in its current delivery, directed by Charles St. Clair at iTheatre Collaborative, exceptionally well-acted. Duane Daniels stars. Runs through February 1st.

BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents THE CHRISTIANS ~ Truth Meets Consequences In The Church Of The Holy Double-Cross
January 18, 2020

Theatre Artists Studio presents THE CHRISTIANS ~ Truth meets consequences in the church of the holy double-cross in this outstanding production, directed by Richard Powers Hardt and featuring Tom Koelbel. Runs through February 9th.

BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET ~ Electrifying!
December 23, 2019

The Phoenix Theatre Company's production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, directed by Scott Weinstein, is a high-fidelity juke box tribute to the four icons who history records assembled for an impromptu jam session on December 4th, 1956. Dynamic vocal and instrumental performances by Kavan Hashemian (Elvis Presley), Chris Lash (Jerry Lee Lewis), Skye Scott (Carl Perkins), and Gregg Hammer (Johnny Cash) of that session's songs provoke an irrepressible audience outburst of finger-snapping, toe-tapping elation. Runs through February 16, 2020.

BWW Review: TRUTH, INCORPORATED ~ A Bold And Compelling Film On Behalf Of Freedom Of The Press
December 4, 2019

Carlotta Summers's short film, TRUTH INCORPORATED, is necessary viewing ~ a poignant and compelling tribute to freedom of the press and to resistance in the face of efforts to undermine and suppress that freedom. Directed by Gabriel Barreto and produced by Ms. Summers, this powerful and compelling 8-minute film is an invitation into imagining the frighteningly possible and an implicit warning to beware of those who peddle distrust of a free press.

Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents ELF THE MUSICAL
December 2, 2019

Michael Whitney's direction of ELF THE MUSICAL, now at Arizona Broadway Theatre through December 29th, is a merry tale told with smart stagecraft, glitzy well-choreographed numbers, and an energetic cast, led by Adam Vargas as Buddy.

BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents Horton Foote's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
November 26, 2019

Theatre Artists Studio's current production of Horton Foote's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, directed by Carol MacLeod, is a tenderly drawn and moving portrayal of lives lived in constant search of fulfillment. In a performance that is rich and golden, Judy Lebeau gives the drama its heartbeat. Runs through December 15th at The Studio in Scottsdale, AZ.

BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY
November 22, 2019

In Arizona Theatre Company's current production of Lauren Gunderson's SILENT SKY, director Casey Stangl elevates and transforms the work into a visually magnificent and magical experience. With an eye on the layers of the play that delve beyond the biographic account and celebration of this woman's spirited and inquisitive journey to unravel the secrets of the universe, Stangl invites the audience to wonderment and reflection on the seminal question of the play: What is our place in the vast arena of the universe?

BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC
November 18, 2019

The Phoenix Theatre Company's production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (running through December 29th) features a stellar performance by Trisha Ditsworth as Maria. A fully entertaining experience that should serve as perfect holiday fare for the family.

BWW Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN
November 1, 2019

Continuing in its tradition of presenting socially relevant and provocative theatre, iTheatre Collaborative has scored again with a riveting production of Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN, directed by Christopher Haines and featuring compelling and impassioned performances by Susan St. John, Marlene Galan-Woods, and Kristina Rogers.

BWW Review: Arizona Regional Theatre Presents BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
October 27, 2019

Arizona Regional Theatre's BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON a rock-solid show, featuring great turns by Logan Scott Mitchell and supporting cast.

BWW Review: Hale Centre Theatre Presents HELLO, DOLLY!
October 26, 2019

HELLO, DOLLY! is glowin', crowin', and goin' strong at Hale Centre Theatre as Alaina Beauloye commands the stage as the unstoppable and unflappable matchmaker with a knack for arranging furniture, daffodils, and, of course, marriages. The show, directed by Cambrian James runs through November 23rd.

BWW Interview: LONI ANDERSON ~ Showbiz Legend Joins Animation Legend Don Bluth In Celebration Of 30th Anniversary Of ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN
October 24, 2019

Extensive and far-ranging interview with Loni Anderson. The showbiz legend joins animation legend Don Bluth in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN. November 23 at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre.

BWW Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre Presents OLEANNA
October 21, 2019

In what has been her ongoing commitment to present David Mamet's works with fidelity to his themes and rhythms, director Virginia Olivieri has delivered a compelling and explosive version of OLEANNA, featuring solid performances by Rachel Brumfield and Peter Cunniff. OLEANNA runs through November 17th at Desert Stages Theatre, located inside Scottsdale Fashion Square.

BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
October 14, 2019

Director Karla Koskinen's sensitive direction gives breadth and depth to THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, featuring a standout performance by Greg Nussen as the central character. The Phoenix Theatre Company's current production runs through November 10th.



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