Herbert Paine

Herbert Paine

Herb Paine ~ Senior Contributing Editor for BWW's Phoenix Metro Region ~ is President of Paine Consulting Services, now in its twenty-ninth 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 a thttp://standstoreason1.blogspot.com/.

Herb delights in acting. 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."




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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Review: Elevating! Touching! Magnificent! David Bennett's MAN OF LA MANCHA Is A Tour De ForceBWW Review: Elevating! Touching! Magnificent! David Bennett's MAN OF LA MANCHA Is A Tour De Force
Posted: Jan. 12, 2018


BWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents ANNIEBWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents ANNIE
Posted: Jan. 4, 2018


BWW Review: THE CALAMARI SISTERS' CLAM BAKE Boils Over With Hilarity!BWW Review: THE CALAMARI SISTERS' CLAM BAKE Boils Over With Hilarity!
Posted: Dec. 26, 2017


BWW Interview: HARVEY Is Coming To the Valley of the SunBWW Interview: HARVEY Is Coming To the Valley of the Sun
Posted: Jan. 7, 2018


BWW Review: Compass Players Presents Gore Vidal's THE BEST MANBWW Review: Compass Players Presents Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN
Posted: Jan. 13, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents THE WIZARD OF OZBWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ
Posted: Jun. 19, 2017


BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEASTBWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Posted: Jun. 7, 2017


BWW Review: Greasepaint Youtheatre Presents NEVERMOREBWW Review: Greasepaint Youtheatre Presents NEVERMORE
Posted: Jul. 31, 2017


BWW Review: Hail, Hail The Hale's A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Hail, Hail The Hale's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Posted: Dec. 10, 2017


BWW Review: ASU Lyric Opera Presents THE BARTERED BRIDEBWW Review: ASU Lyric Opera Presents THE BARTERED BRIDE
Posted: Sep. 29, 2017


BWW Review: CHICAGO Is On Fire ~ Fairclough & Tomkus Are The Match!BWW Review: CHICAGO Is On Fire ~ Fairclough & Tomkus Are The Match!
Posted: Sep. 5, 2017


BWW Review: Brelby Theatre Company Presents DOGFIGHTBWW Review: Brelby Theatre Company Presents DOGFIGHT
Posted: Jul. 23, 2017


BWW Review: Don Bluth Front Row Theatre Presents HARVEY   Lee Cooley Glows As Elwood P. DowdBWW Review: Don Bluth Front Row Theatre Presents HARVEY Lee Cooley Glows As Elwood P. Dowd
January 15, 2018

The Chase is on at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre. That is, Mary Chase's comedy, HARVEY, that (beyond her other plays and children's stories) made her famous (a Pulitzer Prize) and gave James Stewart one of his truly classic roles. Lee Cooley, with an impeccable sense of character and comic timing, endows Elwood P. Dowd with an irresistible likability. He captures the mannerisms, even the tongue in cheek, of a gentleman drinker who knows more than he may let on and plays his counterparts to the hilt. The show runs through February 24th.

BWW Review: Compass Players Presents Gore Vidal's THE BEST MANBWW Review: Compass Players Presents Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN
January 13, 2018

Compass Players, in an act of remarkable prescience, has resurrected Gore Vidal's THE BEST MAN, revealing that the more things political change, the more they remain the same. Directed by Jeanna Michaels, Steve Murphy and Matthew Cary deliver solid performances as two candidates in the political dogfight of their lives. Running through January 28th in the McMillin Theater at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

BWW Review: Elevating! Touching! Magnificent! David Bennett's MAN OF LA MANCHA Is A Tour De ForceBWW Review: Elevating! Touching! Magnificent! David Bennett's MAN OF LA MANCHA Is A Tour De Force
January 12, 2018

Every now and then, a transformational moment will occur in the theatre, transporting the audience into new realms of experience and understanding. Such a moment is at hand in David Bennett's vivid and compelling interpretation of MAN OF LA MANCHA. (Arizona Theatre Company's third production of the season, running through January 28th at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.) Bennett's work is a grand and inspired achievement. It touches the soul and ignites the emotions.

BWW Interview: HARVEY Is Coming To the Valley of the SunBWW Interview: HARVEY Is Coming To the Valley of the Sun
January 7, 2018

HARVEY, Mary Chase's 1945 Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, is slated to hop into the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale from January 12th through February 24th. In its multiple adaptations, most notably the 1950 film with Jimmy Stewart, the tale of Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary pooka has always been a source of amusement and inspiration. In advance of the opening, Herb Paine sat down with Lee Cooley, who plays the role of Elwood, to get a rabbit's-eye view of the show and some perspective on the actor himself.

BWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents ANNIEBWW Review: Scottsdale Musical Theater Company Presents ANNIE
January 4, 2018

David Hock, Scottsdale Musical Theater Company's founder and executive producer, struck it rich when he snagged two prominent theatre veterans, Bronson Pinchot and Kaitlin Hopkins, to co-star in ANNIE THE MUSICAL (on stage now at the Tempe Center for the Arts through January 7th.) He appears as well to have made a novel if not daring choice in the interpretation of their characters. The result is a light-hearted, easygoing and amusing production but one without the essential shadows, tensions, and chemistry that commonly stir one's emotions, seize the heart, and make for a memorable experience.

BWW Review: THE CALAMARI SISTERS' CLAM BAKE Boils Over With Hilarity!BWW Review: THE CALAMARI SISTERS' CLAM BAKE Boils Over With Hilarity!
December 26, 2017

Leave the kids at home! Abandon all sense of propriety! Embrace the risqu ! Because the Calamari Sisters, Delphine and Carmella, are at the beach, dishing out hot plates of irreverent, edgy, and bawdy humor, all seasoned with equally hot saucy quips. As they note, without equivocation, this is nothing like a New England clambake far from it. (They're kicking up a storm at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix through January 21st.) Jay Falzone and Stephen Smith are a great team!

BWW Review: Hail, Hail The Hale's A CHRISTMAS CAROLBWW Review: Hail, Hail The Hale's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 10, 2017

David Dietlein's production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hale Centre Theatre through December 23 gift wraps the celebrated tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's redemption with all the sparkle, festivity, and messaging that befits the Holiday Season. Cory McCloskey delivers an outstanding performance as Scrooge in this must-see family fare.

BWW Review: Compass Players Presents AGNES OF GODBWW Review: Compass Players Presents AGNES OF GOD
December 8, 2017

Solid performances by Jeanna Michaels, Megan Holcomb, and Frances Murphy make for a riveting and provocative production of John Pielmeier's AGNES OF GOD, now through December 17th at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts.

BWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents THE RIVER BRIDEBWW Review: Arizona Theatre Company Presents THE RIVER BRIDE
November 20, 2017

In Arizona Theatre Company's reprise of the work that it first honored four years ago with its National Latino Playwriting Award, director Kinan Valdez conveys Marisela Trevi o Orta's THE RIVER BRIDE into a vivid sensory experience, moving her characters through a dreamlike voyage to a destination that has its own bank of ironies.

BWW Review: Lyric Opera Theatre Presents A NEW BRAINBWW Review: Lyric Opera Theatre Presents A NEW BRAIN
November 17, 2017

Under the direction and choreography of Robert Kolby Harper, a cast of sparkling talents brings scads of oxygen and energy to William Finn's A NEW BRAIN the second featured production of ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's current season.

BWW REVIEW: B3 Productions Presents TRUE BELIEVER And THE LAST CASTRATOBWW REVIEW: B3 Productions Presents TRUE BELIEVER And THE LAST CASTRATO
November 10, 2017

B3 Productions presents a double bill of one-acters that feature riveting performances by Kim Lavelle in TRUE BELIEVER and Franc Gaxiola (THE LAST CASTRATO). Nailing down B3's distinctive niche as experimental provocative theatre. Gaxiola is masterful!

BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Is Something Spectacular!BWW Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Is Something Spectacular!
November 1, 2017

SOMETHING ROTTEN! is spectacular! Pure platinum! The tour is now rocking the house at ASU Gammage through November 5th. From the moment that Nick Rashad Burroughs ignites the house with an electrifying Welcome to the Renaissance, the show is a splendid nonstop concatenation of music (Brian P. Kennedy), choreography (Casey Nicholaw), sets (Scott Pask), and wardrobe (Gregg Barnes). Nicholaw's flawless direction leaves no theatrical stone unturned. At the center of this whirlwind are the sterling performances of Rob McClure, Josh Grisetti, and Adam Pascal, supported by a terrific ensemble.

BWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents MADAGASCARBWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents MADAGASCAR
November 1, 2017

Valley Youth Theatre's current production of MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE, directed by Bobb Cooper is an entertaining showcase for some young and very promising song-and-dance talents, The show runs through November 19th at the Herberger Theater Center's Stage West.

BWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents SWITZERLAND ~ Stirring Performances by Patti Suarez and Joshua VernBWW Review: Theatre Artists Studio Presents SWITZERLAND ~ Stirring Performances by Patti Suarez and Joshua Vern
October 23, 2017

Patti Suarez and Joshua Vern deliver riveting performances in the deliciously absorbing production of Joanna Murray-Smith's SWITZERLAND, now center stage at Theatre Artists Studio through November 5th.

BWW Review: Theater Works Presents Gialanella's FRANKENSTEINBWW Review: Theater Works Presents Gialanella's FRANKENSTEIN
October 22, 2017

A compelling theme and strong technical elements set the Theater Works stage for a reenactment of Victor Frankenstein's ill-fated exercise to reanimate life but do little to compensate for a performance that plods along like the iconic monster at the center of Victor Gialanella's torturous FRANKENSTEIN.

BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents MAN OF LA MANCHABWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Presents MAN OF LA MANCHA
October 17, 2017

In Arizona Broadway Theatre's spirited production of MAN OF LA MANCHA (running through November 11th, James Rio is a dynamic force, fulfilling Dale Wasserman's vision of a Cervantes who is erudite and pragmatic and a Quixote who is starry-eyed, vulnerable, and determined to save the day at whatever cost. A wholesome and uplifting show.

BWW Review: Simon Says, Mason Directs A Sterling CHAPTER TWOBWW Review: Simon Says, Mason Directs A Sterling CHAPTER TWO
October 9, 2017

The essence of Neil Simon's CHAPTER TWO is finding full and glowing expression in Arizona Theatre Company's opening production of its 51st Season. The show is directed by the marvelous Marsha Mason and features stellar performances by David Mason, Blair Baker, Ben Huber, and Diana Pappas.

BWW Review: Mesa Encore Theatre Presents THE WOMAN IN BLACKBWW Review: Mesa Encore Theatre Presents THE WOMAN IN BLACK
October 7, 2017

Under Virginia Olivieri's inspired direction, Stephen Mallatratt's play adaptation of Susan Hill's novella, THE WOMAN IN BLACK is more cerebral than scary but gifted in the production by the performances of two excellent actors, J. Kevin Tallent and Tim Fiscus. The is on stage now at Mesa Encore Theatre's Black Box through October 22nd.

BWW Review: Theater Works Presents THE LITTLE PRINCEBWW Review: Theater Works Presents THE LITTLE PRINCE
October 1, 2017

Theater Works' production of THE LITTLE PRINCE, directed by Paul Pedersen, is technically elegant and sublimely well-acted, featuring standout performance by Scarlett Abernathy in the title role. A must-see reminder of universal truths about love, friendship, and loyalty. Now at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts through October 8th.

BWW Review: ASU Lyric Opera Presents THE BARTERED BRIDEBWW Review: ASU Lyric Opera Presents THE BARTERED BRIDE
September 29, 2017

ASU Lyric Opera is fulfilling Bed ich Smetana's vision in a production that is resplendent with vocal excellence (Emily Botts, Justin Carpenter), spirited choreography (by the terrific Molly LaJoie), the vibrant colors of Alfredo Escarcega's set and Sharon Jones's costumes, the brilliant instincts of Director Dale Dreyfoos, and a highly gifted ensemble. The show runs through October 1st at ASU's Evelyn Smith Music Theatre.



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