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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-fiourthyear 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." 




MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Stray Cat Theatre PhotoBWW Review: ASSASSINS at Stray Cat Theatre
Posted: May. 10, 2022


BWW Review: Unique Takes - Kerry Lengel on Ballet Arizona's World Premiere of JUAN GA PhotoBWW Review: Unique Takes - Kerry Lengel on Ballet Arizona's World Premiere of JUAN GABRIEL
Posted: May. 8, 2022


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: PBS Stations to Feature FOREVER WILD ~ The Fight To Preserve The Valley F PhotoBWW Review: PBS Stations to Feature FOREVER WILD ~ The Fight To Preserve The Valley Floor of Telluride
Posted: Mar. 8, 2022


BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS PhotoBWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS
Posted: Nov. 21, 2021


BWW Feature: CRITICS CHOICE - TOP THEATRES IN PHOENIX: 
A Guide To The 2021-2022 Sea PhotoBWW Feature: CRITICS CHOICE - TOP THEATRES IN PHOENIX: A Guide To The 2021-2022 Season
Posted: Jul. 28, 2021


BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE COLOR PURPLE in A Masterpiece Of PhotoBWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE COLOR PURPLE in A Masterpiece Of Transcendent Theatre
Posted: Mar. 21, 2022


BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features Award Winning Film on Autism  PhotoBWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Features Award Winning Film on Autism ~ IN A DIFFERENT KEY
Posted: Jun. 3, 2021


BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents ELF THE MUSICAL PhotoBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents ELF THE MUSICAL
Posted: Nov. 29, 2021


BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents FLASHDANCE PhotoBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents FLASHDANCE
Posted: Mar. 20, 2022


BWW Review: ASSASSINS at Stray Cat Theatre
May 10, 2022

Guest contributor David Appleford's review of Stray Cat Theatre's production of Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS, directed by Ron May. Runs through May 21st at Tempe Center for the Arts. A stunning reminder about the kind of emotional power that only a live theatrical experience can create.

BWW Review: Unique Takes - Kerry Lengel on Ballet Arizona's World Premiere of JUAN GABRIEL
May 8, 2022

Another major first from Ballet Arizona ~ the World Premiere of JUAN GABRIEL, with choreography by Ib Andersen. Kerry Stewart Lengel offers his unique perspective ~ THIS IS NOT A REVIEW: Lonesome George Goes to the Theatre ~ on this remarkable production. Runs through May 8th at Phoenix's Symphony Hall.

BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents Sharyn Rothstein's BY THE WATER
April 4, 2022

Sharyn Rothstein's compelling human drama, BY THE WATER, on stage through April 24th at Theatre Artists Studio, benefits from the well-paced direction of Janis Webb and the finely-drawn performances of her seasoned cast.

BWW Review: CAMELOT at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
March 27, 2022

Co-directors Joe and Lorraine Bousard stage a refreshing and imaginative revival of CAMELOT, featuring shining performances by Alexandra Utpadel as Guinevere, Adam Shelton as Arthur, and Matthew Dodaro as Lancelot ~ running through April 30th at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale AZ.

BWW Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents THE COLOR PURPLE in A Masterpiece Of Transcendent Theatre
March 21, 2022

In The Phoenix Theatre Company’s current production of Marsha Norman's THE COLOR PURPLE, director Daryl Brooks has crafted a masterpiece of transcendent theatre that embodies all the pain and spirit of a Gospel-sustained and resilient community and one of its children. Starring Andrea Fleming in a dazzling bravura performance as Celie. The must-see show runs through May 1st.

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents FLASHDANCE
March 20, 2022

The problem with FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL is that it's not the movie. One among those films that just don't make it as stage adaptation. Arizona Broadway Theatre's production makes the point in a show that's more flat than flash. Runs through April 24th.

BWW Review: Unique Takes - Kerry Lengel on TOOTSIE, The National Tour
March 17, 2022

Telling it like it is, Kerry Lengel (THIS IS NOT A REVIEW: Lonesome George Goes to the Theatre) reviews the National Tour production of TOOTSIE, running through March 20th at ASU Gammage in Tempe, AZ.

BWW Review: Unique Takes ~ Appleford on Stray Cat Theatre's SHEEPDOG
March 14, 2022

In Stray Cat Theatre’s Arizona premiere of the absorbing 2019 play SHEEPDOG by Kevin Artigue, now playing at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio Theatre until March 26th, a young police officer in an interracial partnership – he’s white, she’s black - answers an emergency call while on duty. He rushes to the scene. Directed by Louis Farber.

BWW Review: Unique Takes - Kerry Lengel on FARINELLI AND THE KING - Southwest Shakespeare Shakes It Up
March 10, 2022

Kerry Lengel's unique and innovative take on FARINELLI AND THE KING, written by Claire Van Kampen and directed by Carmen Jakobi, getting its Arizona premiere at Southwest Shakespeare Company and running through March 20th at the Mesa Arts Center.

BWW Review: PBS Stations to Feature FOREVER WILD ~ The Fight To Preserve The Valley Floor of Telluride
March 8, 2022

Sedona filmmakers Bryan Reinhart and Ronald Melmon's FOREVER WILD chronicles the valiant years-long struggle to preserve the Valley Floor of Telluride as open space. Compelling and inspiring, the documentary will be aired on PBS stations in April.

BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents WAKE UP - A Call to Action Against Human Trafficking
February 27, 2022

Janet Craig's WAKE UP is a raw and harrowing eye-opener to the insidious and seductive tactics that entrap young innocents. Featured at this year's Sedona International Film Festival.

BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents OUR ALMOST COMPLETELY TRUE STORY- A Perfect Gem Of A Love Story
February 25, 2022

Mariette Hartley and Jerry Sroka sparkle in OUR ALMOST COMPLETELY TRUE STORY, a sterling account of their love story, told with humor and poignancy. One of the features to be screened at this year's Sedona International Film Festival on Saturday, February 26th at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents A CRACK IN THE MOUNTAIN ~Where A Dreamland Confronts Reality
February 23, 2022

Alastair Evans's documentary, A CRACK IN THE MOUNTAIN, brings to the forefront the potential threats to the grandeur and sanctity of one of the world's great environmental treasures. Featured at this year's Sedona International Film Festival (February 19th-27th).

BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents Karen Burns's AN OTHERWISE MAGICAL LIFE
February 21, 2022

Karen Burns's AN OTHERWISE MAGICAL LIFE, showing at Theatre Artists Studio through March 6th, is a stunning and uplifting account of one woman's journey to overcome life's trials and tribulations.

BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents TRUST ME - A Powerful Call for Media Literacy
February 14, 2022

Roko Belic's must-see documentary TRUST ME exposes the pervasive manipulation of information by forces aiming to create social disruption and influence human behavior. Screening at this year's Sedona International Film Festival (Feb 19-27).

BWW Review: ASU Gammage Presents The National Tour Of THE BAND'S VISIT
February 9, 2022

THE BAND’S VISIT, now playing at ASU Gammage in Tempe until February 13, may tell the small, modest tale of a group of musicians from another country stranded overnight in the middle of nowhere, but it's really about friendship, loneliness, and wasted opportunities; characters discovering how similar they really are, and it does this in a deeply affecting yet witty and often very funny way.

BWW Review: Sedona International Film Festival Presents World Premiere Of POWERLANDS ~ A Sobering Chronicle Of Environmental and Cultural Exploitation
February 2, 2022

POWERLANDS is a riveting tribute to the Resistance of Indigenous peoples to the exploitation of their lands. To be screened at this year's Sedona International Film Festival (February 19th-27th.

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents GYPSY
January 23, 2022

Arizona Broadway Theatre's handsome new production of GYPSY, featuring Cassandra Klaphake as Mamma Rose and a solid supporting cast, gives the audience the chance to enjoy the Rodgers and Hammerstein form of musical theatre storytelling all over again. Runs through February 20th.

BWW Review: Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC
December 12, 2021

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre’s production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by Trisha Ditsworth is refreshing and entertaining holiday fare for the entire family. Runs through December 19th.

BWW Review: Black Theatre Troupe Presents Langston Hughes's BLACK NATIVITY
December 11, 2021

Black Theatre Troupe’s production of Langston Hughes’s BLACK NATIVITY is a moving celebration of life and faith. A Seasonal must-see! Runs through December 19th at The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center in Phoenix.



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