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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 has been acclaimed as BEST THEATRE CRITIC by PHOENIX magazine's 2022 BEST OF THE VALLEY.

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." 




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Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Theatre Artists Studio ~ A Work of Timely Importance
January 24, 2023

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT ~ a play of consequence, superbly directed by Richard Powers Hardt and featuring stellar performances by Tom Koelbel, Jake Nichols, and Debra Rich, runs through February 5th at Theatre Artists Studio in Scottsdale AZ.

Review: LA RUTA at Stray Cat Theatre
December 5, 2022

The importance of LA RUTA's subject needs to be seen and the story it tells needs to be known. Stray Cat Theatre presents this stunning and disturbing production through December 17th at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hale Centre Theatre
December 2, 2022

The full experience of Hale Centre Theatre's production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is captured in this review. Runs through December 26th.

Review: The Phoenix Theatre Company Presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA
November 20, 2022

Chosen as its holiday season family special, this regional production of CINDERELLA, directed by Michael Barnard, is a prime example of the excellence that The Phoenix Theatre Company has developed over the years. Runs through January 1st.

Feature: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA- Acts Of Conscience And Support On Behalf Of The People Of Ukraine
November 16, 2022

Hsuan Yu Pan's THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA captures the human dimension of the tragedy in Ukraine and the response of New York's community of artists to raise awareness and support. The film will be showcased on December 16th at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn.

Review: Douglas Morrione's FAIRWAYS TO HAPPINESS Goes Online
October 27, 2022

FAIRWAYS TO HAPPINESS is Doug Morrione's intriguing documentary that opens wider the doors of perception about happiness and the pathways to realizing it. The film goes online (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play) on November 17th.

Review: The Black Theatre Troupe Presents Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE
October 24, 2022

Directed by Ron May and featuring a pitch-perfect cast, The Black Theatre Troupe's production of Robert O'Hara's BARBECUE is a richly intelligent play and a definite must-see. Runs through November 6th.

Review: OKLAHOMA! at ASU Gammage
October 21, 2022

A candid review of OKLAHOMA!, re-vamped and re-imagined for National Tour, currently playing at ASU Gammage, Tempe until Sunday, October 23. It is not the Rodgers and Hammerstein of your parents.

Review: Hale Centre Theatre Presents WAIT UNTIL DARK
October 19, 2022

The riveting machinations of Frederick Knott's WAIT UNTIL DARK are well-captured in Hale Centre Theatre's production, directed by Jim Roehr and featuring a convincing performance by Juli Buehrle as Susy. The show runs through November 22nd.

Review: I, PUPPET Reveals the Magical Artistry of Glove Puppetry
October 12, 2022

I, PUPPET is Hsuan Yu Pan’s engaging short documentary, featuring Yi Wei Tsai’s glove puppetry. Its first screening is at the Voelker Orth Museum in New York on October 30th.

Review: MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT at Arizona Broadway Theatre
October 9, 2022

The joyful frolics of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT are on stage in full armor at Arizona Broadway Theatre through November 5th.

Review: Order Chaos Theater Company Presents Melinda Lopez's MALA
October 2, 2022

Order Chaos Theater Company's production of Melinda Lopez's MALA features moving performance by Angela Kabasan González as daughter caring for elderly and dying parent. Runs through October 15th at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

Feature: The Phoenix Theatre Scene Is In Ascendance
September 30, 2022

After two decades of investment and evolution, Phoenix regional theatre is in ascendance. Herb Paine, BroadwayWorld's Senior Contributing Editor for the area, explains why.

Review: Don Bluth Front Row Theatre Presents Paul Elliott's EXIT LAUGHING
September 25, 2022

Carpe diem! Smell the roses! These exhortations to relish life while you have it weave through the silly and reflective moments of Paul Elliott’s EXIT LAUGHING, on stage now through October 22nd at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale, Arizona. Well-directed by Van Rockwell and featuring a golden cast.

Review: iTheatre Collaborative Presents Aaron Loeb's IDEATION
September 12, 2022

Phoenix's iTheatre Collaborative celebrates the opening of its 20th Season with a gripping and provocative production of Aaron Loeb's IDEATION, directed by Greg Lutz and featuring a superlative cast.

Review: The Ronin Theatre Company Presents Richard Warren's HOW I CAME TO BE BUFFALO BILL
August 23, 2022

Ronin Theatre Company's production of Richard Warren's HOW I CAME TO BE BUFFALO BILL is an illuminating profile of the legend in the making, featuring Keath Hall's compelling performance under the direction of Lee Cooley. The show runs through August 28th at Stage Left Productions in Surprise, AZ, with follow-up presentations at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix.

Review: PRIVATE LIVES at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
August 7, 2022

Don Bluth directs a well-rounded and highly entertaining production of Noël Coward's PRIVATE LIVES, running through August 27th at the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in Scottsdale. Featuring stellar performances by Tom Koelbel, Christi Sweeney, Breona Conrad, and Jack Pauly.

Review: Theatre Artists Studio's NEW SUMMER SHORTS 2022
June 22, 2022

What did our critic think? Whether poking fun at human foibles or reflecting on critical social issues, Theatre Artists Studio’s NEW SUMMER SHORTS offers an entertaining potpourri of perspectives. Runs through June 26th at The Studio in Scottsdale, AZ.

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.



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