Phoenix Metro Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: PIPPIN at Spotlight Youth Theatre Cannot Be Missed This Fall BWW Review: PIPPIN at Spotlight Youth Theatre Cannot Be Missed This Fall
by Emma Suttell - October 25, 2017

Spotlight Youth Theatre's PIPPIN easily exceeds all expectations for a youth production. A cast constructed of 24 award winners, nominees, and experienced youth, the talent could not be more amusing and breathtaking.... (more...)
Review: HAIRSPRAY Stuns Audiences at Desert Stages Theatre Review: HAIRSPRAY Stuns Audiences at Desert Stages Theatre
by Emma Suttell - October 17, 2017

Bold, bright, and breathtaking can all be used to describe Desert Stage's production of HAIRSPRAY, an amusing show starring a mix of 31 spectacular performers.... (more...)
BWW Review: DEPEND ON ME at Brelby BWW Review: DEPEND ON ME at Brelby
by Jeanmarie Simpson - October 09, 2017

Depend on Me is feels like a sitcom filmed before a live audience, until just before intermission, when it takes a turn and feels like late M*A*S*H, when they dropped the laugh track and things got dark. There's a surprise ending and much entertainment in the two-act play.... (more...)
BWW Interview: Ricky Araiza BWW Interview: Ricky Araiza
by Jeanmarie Simpson - September 26, 2017

Being out there, in nature, learning what many consider classic or ancient forms of performance, was almost a step back in time. It was a place to strip down theatre to its purest form, the actor/poet in space. It taught me to never take theatre for granted and to understand that it is a sacred prac... (more...)
BWW Review: EAR at Space 55 BWW Review: EAR at Space 55
by Jeanmarie Simpson - September 25, 2017

Loosely inspired by the life of Van Gogh, EAR is a story as old as time. A boy loves a girl. To prove he loves the girl, the boy gives her a gift. A BIG gift. The kind you can't take back. And now the boy is in a mental hospital, at the mercy of a doctor who's even crazier than he is. And the girl? ... (more...)
BWW Review: WHISPER SWEETLY at Brelby - A Weekend of Perovich Part II BWW Review: WHISPER SWEETLY at Brelby - A Weekend of Perovich Part II
by Jeanmarie Simpson - September 18, 2017

Whisper Sweetly, directed with crackerjack control and precision by Perovich. Mahon has created a world that is at once funny and terrifying. He has approached his creation with wild abandon, and the story is an hilarious nightmare.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Hale Centre Theatre's KISS AND TELL BWW Review: The Hale Centre Theatre's KISS AND TELL
by Jeanmarie Simpson - September 13, 2017

Director Cambrian James' fast paced, delightful Kiss and Tell gave this grumpy critic more laughs than she has experienced in a good long time - and the rest of the Hale's opening night audience was right there with her.... (more...)
BWW Review: GYPSY at Theater Works BWW Review: GYPSY at Theater Works
by Jeanmarie Simpson - September 11, 2017

Amanda Glenn's turn as Louise is lovely and heartbreaking. Glenn has a beautiful voice and exquisite is her painstaking, delicate interpretation of the awkward, plain Jane who becomes the iconic burlesque queen.... (more...)
BWW Review: FUN HOME at ASU Gammage BWW Review: FUN HOME at ASU Gammage
by Erin Kong - September 11, 2017

Fun Home relays the story of Alison Bechdel, a cartoonist who wrote a graphic memoir that serves as the basis for the musical. Fun Home explores Bechdel's life and her relationship with her father, a closeted gay man.... (more...)
BWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents SHREK THE MUSICAL BWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents SHREK THE MUSICAL
by Emma Suttell - September 02, 2017

I have to admit, I had been counting down the days to see VYT's Shrek The Musical. Ever since seeing Wizard of Oz back in June, I had been itching to see another one of the Phoenix youth theatre's spectacular, cutting-edge shows.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Hale's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT BWW Review: The Hale's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
by Jeanmarie Simpson - August 28, 2017

Wildly talented, vastly experienced director/choreographer Cambrian James' staging is at times crisp and clear and spot on.... (more...)
Review: DROPPIN' JOHNS at B3 Theatre Review: DROPPIN' JOHNS at B3 Theatre
by Jeanmarie Simpson - July 17, 2017

Droppin' Johns is as shamelessly subversive, as courageously adventurous and as boldly resolute a piece of Feminist Fringe Theatre as any you'll find, anywhere.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at Sandra Day O'Connor High School BWW Review: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING at Sandra Day O'Connor High School
by Emma Suttell - July 09, 2017

When it comes to seeing high school theatre productions, some do not receive nearly as much credit and publicity as they deserve. It is so for Sandra Day O'Connor High School's How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Toni Fioramonti. The production was put together in a short p... (more...)
BWW Review: 1070 at Herberger Theater Center BWW Review: 1070 at Herberger Theater Center
by Lee Cooley - June 24, 2017

New Carpa Theater's #1070theplay shows the impact S.B. 1070 had on one Mexican family and the damage done to @ArizonaTourism.... (more...)
Review: Brelby's Allegiance to THE PLEDGE Yields Magical Results Review: Brelby's Allegiance to THE PLEDGE Yields Magical Results
by Jeanmarie Simpson - June 19, 2017

Megan O'Connor's The Pledge is a startlingly clever new play that opened last Friday at Historic Downtown Glendale's Brelby Theatre Company.... (more...)
BWW Review: URINETOWN at Mesa Encore Theatre BWW Review: URINETOWN at Mesa Encore Theatre
by Erin Kong - May 31, 2017

Satirical works tend to resurface during trying social and political times, and Mesa Encore Theatre's production of Urinetown timing is impeccable. Urinetown takes place in a dystopian-esque world, where due to a severe drought, private toilets are banned by the government, and citizens can only rel... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU Gammage BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON Tour Two at ASU Gammage
by Lee Cooley - May 21, 2017

THE BOOK OF MORMON is just as irreverently funny now as it was when it opened in 2011.... (more...)
BWW Review: WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE at Childsplay BWW Review: WONDERLAND: ALICE'S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE at Childsplay
by Erin Kong - May 16, 2017

Childsplay kicks off their summer with the rockin' Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, a reinvented production of the treasured stories by Lewis Carroll, written by Rachel Rockwell with a score by Michael Mahler.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Nuclear Implodes In Stray Cat Theatre's HIR BWW Review: The Nuclear Implodes In Stray Cat Theatre's HIR
by Erin Kong - May 07, 2017

Change can be jarring. The contemporary worldwide rise of populism demonstrates the backlash of the older generations against the new social current. Stray Cat Theatre's Hir showcases this social metamorphosis through the implosion of a nuclear family and its identity politics.... (more...)
BWW Review: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS at Hale Centre Theatre BWW Review: NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS at Hale Centre Theatre
by Lee Cooley - April 16, 2017

NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS flashes back to simpler, slower-paced times. Great for 1950s sitcom fans 65+.... (more...)
BWW Review: GYPSY at Desert Foothills Theater BWW Review: GYPSY at Desert Foothills Theater
by Jeanmarie Simpson - April 03, 2017

This rags-to-riches story of ugly-duckling, Louise, the tomboy who rose to national fame as Gypsy Rose Lee (the entertainment queen who put class into Burlesque) is an all American classic; and Mama Rose, the pushy backstage mother who lived through her daughters, but paid a high price, is one of th... (more...)
BWW Review: Brelby Wins THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE BWW Review: Brelby Wins THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Jeanmarie Simpson - March 12, 2017

Brelby Theatre Company's Shelby Maticic has directed her company in a breakneck paced, enticing production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. With a book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn, it's a show that could be breathtakingly dreadful, but instead is wildly ente... (more...)
BWW Review: BLACKLISTERS at Brelby Theatre Company BWW Review: BLACKLISTERS at Brelby Theatre Company
by Jeanmarie Simpson - February 27, 2017

Blacklisters ain't for sissies. It is, however, a vital work by a serious young playwright, produced by an essential young theatre company that must be encouraged and supported. Our survival depends on it.... (more...)
BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Theatre Works BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Theatre Works
by Jeanmarie Simpson - February 27, 2017

Alanna Kalbfleisch is an utter delight to see and hear, with luminous skin, bright eyes and dimples in both cheeks and chin. Let's face it. She's eye candy. As Dot/Marie, the comfortable authority with which Kalbfleisch moves about the stage suggests a lifetime of performance. Her voice is off-the-c... (more...)
BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Is Magic At ASU Gammage BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Is Magic At ASU Gammage
by Erin Kong - February 13, 2017

While Matilda the Musical is silly, it is by no means lighthearted--rather, it is full of dark twists, and strong social messages about the cruelty of society, and the imagination that suffers because of it. The national tour of Matilda the Musical is based off of the classic children's novel by Ro... (more...)