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Timothy Shawver Tim Shawver has appeared in or directed over 120 productions in the Phoenix area, including work with Arizona Broadway Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre Company, Childsplay, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Stray Cat Theatre, Actors Theatre, Nearly Naked Theatre, Mesa Encore Theatre, and Space 55. He is a co-founder of A/C Theatre Company, a local producer of alternative musicals.



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BWW Review: THE ISOLATION PROJECT at Limelight Youth Theatre PhotoBWW Review: THE ISOLATION PROJECT at Limelight Youth Theatre
Posted: Jul. 29, 2020


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BWW Review: ANASTASIA National Tour Impresses All Ages at Gammage Auditorium PhotoBWW Review: ANASTASIA National Tour Impresses All Ages at Gammage Auditorium
Posted: Nov. 2, 2019


BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Mesa Encore Theatre PhotoBWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Mesa Encore Theatre
Posted: Nov. 13, 2019


BWW Review: MASTER HAROLD... AND THE BOYS at Arizona Theatre Company PhotoBWW Review: MASTER HAROLD... AND THE BOYS at Arizona Theatre Company
Posted: Feb. 20, 2020


BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at GAMMAGE AUDITORIUM PhotoBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at GAMMAGE AUDITORIUM
Posted: Feb. 23, 2020


BWW Review: THE ISOLATION PROJECT at Limelight Youth Theatre PhotoBWW Review: THE ISOLATION PROJECT at Limelight Youth Theatre
Posted: Jul. 29, 2020


BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Testifies at Gammage Auditorium PhotoBWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Testifies at Gammage Auditorium
Posted: Aug. 9, 2019


BWW Review: THE ISOLATION PROJECT at Limelight Youth Theatre
July 29, 2020

THE ISOLATION PROJECT is two one-acts told through a series of Zoom chats between teenage friends (and frenemies), both set during the current health crisis.

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at GAMMAGE AUDITORIUM
February 23, 2020

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING STORY is the most earnest jukebox musical to date. The chord progressions and resolutions felt like being at an oxygen bar. It's ripe with nostalgia, fascinating for its window into 1960s pop and rock music, and spirit lifting for its recording of a beautiful human life

BWW Review: MASTER HAROLD... AND THE BOYS at Arizona Theatre Company
February 20, 2020

Arizona Theatre Company's current production hits the mark as a historical reminder and, through masterful performances by its cast of three, depicts institutionalized racism's capability to destroy even the most loving relationships.

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Mesa Encore Theatre
November 13, 2019

Mesa Encore Theatre's current production of Gilbert and Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE pushes the already campy comic opera.

BWW Review: ANASTASIA National Tour Impresses All Ages at Gammage Auditorium
November 2, 2019

The first clue that ANASTASIA was going to be different than what I expected was a note on the title page reading, “Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures.” Plural? A savvy journalist, I quickly asked Siri to bring up the imdb page for “Anastasia”. Turns out Fox made ANASTASIA twice, the 1997 animated off-brand Disney princess movie and a 1957 film that scored Ingrid Bergman's second Oscar and marked Helen Hayes' transition to the big screen. And it turns out the musical version has more in common with LES MISERABLES and RAGTIME than BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Gone is the hell-wizard Rasputin, his talking fruit bat sidekick, and the singing demon caterpillars. At intermission, I asked my third grade niece, Adalyn, how she was liking it. “It's awesome…it's real people, like no Beast or anything. No animals.” We decide that Disney staged musicals are great but more it's more impressive when you can achieve the magic without a story that departs from reality. ANASTASIA is historical fiction hypothetical. It poses a “what if…?” that a daughter of the last czar of Russia (The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna) escaped when the czar's family was executed in 1918. Rumors persisted for decades that Anastasia did, in fact, escape. In 2007, DNA testing confirmed the remains of all four Grand Duchesses were in the Imperial grave. In this version, Terrence McNalley's book follows Anastasia's rediscovery of her identity after surviving the attack on her family and sustaining some plot enabling amnesia. Renamed “Anya” she grows up and makes a life in post-Revolution Russia. Anastasia's grandmother, the Dowager Empress (in a staggeringly moving performance by Joy Franz) has fled to France and offered a cash reward for anyone escorting the rumored alive Anastasia to Paris. The wily duo Vlad (Edward Staudenmayer) and Dmitry (Jake Levy) pull a My Fair Lady style makeover on Anya to collect the Dowager's prize. They are pursued by Gleb (Jason Michael Evans). A Soviet officer drawn to Anya romantically but tasked with finding and eliminating the last Romanov. Anya's memory becomes somewhat coaxed back, but the Dowager has stopped seeing Anastasia claimants after too much heart-break from countless frauds. It sounds dark, but with high-tech digital scenery and inspired performances across the cast it is delightful. Stephen Flaherty (Music) and Lynn Ahrens (Lyrics), responsible for bringing us RAGTIME, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, LUCKY STIFF, as well as the Oscar nominated songs carried over from the animated film. ANASTASIA is a perfect context for this pair. “Stay, I Pray You” (my favorite song of the evening) is evocative of RAGTIME's “New Music”. The two songs literally race my heart in a strangely specific way. My real test of a National Tour at Gammage is how fast I get the music playing in my car on the way home. At ANASTASIA I was already finding, “Stay, I Pray You” walking through the parking lot. The rest of the score is similarly haunting. Lila Coogan, as Anya/Anastasia, powers through the score with nuance, clarity, and passion. Tari Kelly, as Countess Lily, and Stadenmayer (Vlad) were Adalyn's favorite performances and I have to agree. This incredibly gifted pair take the “triple threat” designation (singer, dancer, actor) and go quadruple with the addition of flawless comic timing. The choreography by Peggy Hickey is masterful. It somehow combines inventive and traditional throughout and the ten-minute slice of “Swan Lake” infused into “Quartet at the Ballet” is the highlight of the second act. It's a fun-size version that gets an under-represented art form onto the plate. This kind of trope often means the plot putting the plot on hold. But here, it is the connective tissue between Anya, Dmitry, the Dowager, and Gleb as they each bring us up to speed heading into the show's climax. Ultimately, the show's success comes from applying a higher artistic standard to the “previously-animated-film-now-theatrically-staged” genre. It cashes in on the name draw of the 1997 film then gives the viewer something much more enriched than what they think they are coming to see.

BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Testifies at Gammage Auditorium
August 9, 2019

Appearing at Tempe's Gammage Auditorium for the third time since 2015, THE BOOK OF MORMON is gaining momentum as it tours.

BWW Review: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY reviewed by Eight-year-old, First-time Gammage Attendee.
June 13, 2019

BWW Review: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY gets raves from Eight-year-old, first time Gammage attendee. Just into her Summer break between second and third grade, Adalyn 'Addy' Cable raved about the National Tour of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY currently playing at Tempe's Gammage Auditorium. She urges people to see it and after the show had these comments to share:

BWW Review: THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE Fascinates at Arizona Theatre Company
May 29, 2019

With its spectacular American premiere production of playwright Andrew Bovell's THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, Arizona Theatre Company might soon achieve its greatest impact on and thrust into the national theatre conversation.

BWW Review: BIG RIVER at Hale Centre Theatre, The Great American Musical Shines in Gilbert
April 18, 2019

Hale Centre Theatre's production of BIG RIVER, running through May 11th in Gilbert, AZ, is confirmation that BIG RIVER is among the Great American Musicals.

BWW Interview: BEN VEREEN of STEPPIN' OUT WITH BEN VEREEN at the Musical Instrument Museum
April 9, 2019

The Musical Instrument Museum presents STEPPIN' OUT WITH BEN VEREEN bringing the legendary perform to Phoenix for two shows on April 20th.

BWW Review: OUR TOWN at Zao Theatre in Apache Junction
April 6, 2019

The most producible classic American play, OUR TOWN, is thankfully one of its best. Zao Theatre's production delivers an enjoyable, well-performed production running in Apache Junction through April 13th.

BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG National Tour at Gammage Auditorium
March 21, 2019

Comic obstacle course THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG thrills Gammage patrons.

BWW Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM at TheaterWorks - Sondheim Strikes Again in Peoria!
February 20, 2019

TheaterWorks has a long-standing, credible connection to Stephen Sondheim musicals. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a pure crowd-pleaser chomping on the TheaterWorks stage.