Phoenix Metro Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: MISANTHROPE, Camden People's Theatre BWW Review: MISANTHROPE, Camden People's Theatre
by Gary Naylor - June 22, 2018

Moliere's masterpiece is given a 'fake news' update, but the narrative thrust gets lost in an avalanche of words.... (more...)
BWW Review: Kids Rock SCHOOL OF ROCK! BWW Review: Kids Rock SCHOOL OF ROCK!
by Herbert Paine - June 20, 2018

Rocking performances by super kids and Rob Colletti make the National Tour of SCHOOL OF ROCK a riproaring good time. Now at ASU Gammage through June 24th.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES at Herberger Theater Center BWW Review: LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES at Herberger Theater Center
by Lee Cooley - April 16, 2018

If you've ever wondered what kind of music led to The British Invasion of the 1960s, go see LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES, now through April 22 at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, Ariz.... (more...)
BWW Review: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre BWW Review: IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre
by Lee Cooley - April 13, 2018

Adapting a classic film to the stage is no easy task. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT director Erica Parrish found it 'a challenge, but lots of fun.'... (more...)
BWW Review: ANCIENT MUSICAL TREASURES FROM CENTRAL CHINA at Musical Instrument Museum BWW Review: ANCIENT MUSICAL TREASURES FROM CENTRAL CHINA at Musical Instrument Museum
by Lee Cooley - February 19, 2018

Ancient Chinese Secret? Harmony in music is a metaphor for harmony in life. Hear it, feel it during the Ancient Musical Treasure exhibit through May 6 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix.... (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Opens the Humorous MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Opens the Humorous MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
by Emma Suttell - January 14, 2018

Desert Stages Theatre opened MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT this Friday, January 12th, a musical cited as lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Directed by Dan Ashlock Jr., this comedy had the audience roaring with laughter, eyes brimmed with tears.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is a Holiday Hit at Spotlight Youth Theatre BWW Review: THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is a Holiday Hit at Spotlight Youth Theatre
by Emma Suttell - December 18, 2017

Continuing an annual tradition this holiday season, Spotlight Youth Theatre features 70 children sorted into three separate casts for their annual no-cut production of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER.... (more...)
BWW Review: Hail, Hail The Hale's A CHRISTMAS CAROL BWW Review: Hail, Hail The Hale's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Herbert Paine - 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... (more...)
BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre's NUNCRACKERS is a Hilarious Holiday Musical BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre's NUNCRACKERS is a Hilarious Holiday Musical
by Emma Suttell - December 09, 2017

NUNCRACKERS features a fantastically innovative, combined cast of adults and children who are vividly energetic and jump on each comedic opportunity given to them. The show is a spinoff of NUNSENSE, but showcases the convent during Christmas-Time, since they have decided to host their own Christmas ... (more...)
BWW Review: Childsplay Presents a Perfect Show for Younger Ones This Holiday, GO, DOG. GO! BWW Review: Childsplay Presents a Perfect Show for Younger Ones This Holiday, GO, DOG. GO!
by Emma Suttell - December 09, 2017

Childsplay Theatre does a spectacular job of introducing the art of theatre to younger generations through their colorful, energetic, and playful production of GO, DOG. GO! Even though the show is recommended for younger audience members and is based on a children's book, it is greatly enjoyable for... (more...)
BWW Review: DIE HARD: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Playhouse On The Park BWW Review: DIE HARD: A CHRISTMAS STORY at Playhouse On The Park
by Lee Cooley - December 04, 2017

What happens when you mix puppets with cult classics like DIE HARD, A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHRISTMAS CAROL? Just ask the All Puppet Players artistic director and movie buff Shaun Michael McNamara or better yet, see it.... (more...)
BWW Review: A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is a Family Favorite at Valley Youth Theatre BWW Review: A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is a Family Favorite at Valley Youth Theatre
by Emma Suttell - December 04, 2017

Valley Youth Theatre's 29th annual production of A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is the perfect show to celebrate the holidays with children and family of all ages. Set in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh and his friends set out on a mission to make their friend Eeyore happy for the holidays, searching ... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER PAN is Pure Magic at Desert Stages Theatre BWW Review: PETER PAN is Pure Magic at Desert Stages Theatre
by Emma Suttell - November 20, 2017

Upon first sight of Desert Stages Theatre's PETER PAN, the view is spectacular. From a dazzling lobby to a beautiful and multileveled set, the show is well put together at first glance. The ambiance of the theatre is filled with music that makes the audience feel as if they are in Neverland from the... (more...)
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: MEET ME IN ST LOUIS at the Hale BWW Review: MEET ME IN ST LOUIS at the Hale
by Jeanmarie Simpson - October 13, 2017

The Hale's newest offering is a holiday confection - sweet and delicious - like a freshly shaken up, edible snow globe. Director Cambrian James has put together his finest (thus far) staging of the season. On the marvelous arena stage in Gilbert, the tight, swift-paced send up of the classic 1944 fi... (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...)