Tucson Theater Reviews
 


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: HOLMES AND WATSON Solve Another Case! BWW Review: HOLMES AND WATSON Solve Another Case!
by Maria Rita Meli - April 24, 2017

A thrilling new mystery from the playwright of Arizona Theatre Company's smash hit Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of the Suicide Club and the film Mr. Holmes makes its world premiere at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson, Arizona; Jeffrey Hatcher's Holmes and Watson will leave you on the edge... (more...)
BWW Review: RING OF FIRE Pays Tribute to a Legend BWW Review: RING OF FIRE Pays Tribute to a Legend
by Maria Rita Meli - March 13, 2017

The story of Johnny Cash, one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century, comes vibrantly to life on stage in Arizona Theatre Company's crowd pleasing Ring of Fire: the Music of Johnny Cash.... (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: LA ESQUINITA, USA at Temple Of Music And Art BWW Review: LA ESQUINITA, USA at Temple Of Music And Art
by Maria Rita Meli - January 23, 2017

It's a small town, La Esquinita, USA. One, perhaps some of us are familiar with, while others not so much, but the story of such a place is not entirely uncommon.... (more...)
BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Brings Tradition to Tucson BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Brings Tradition to Tucson
by Maria Rita Meli - December 12, 2016

Regarded as one of the greatest musicals of all time, the Fiddler on the Roof comes to Tucson for the first time, making it the largest production the Arizona Theatre Company has produced in over thirty years, and it does not disappoint.... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at ASU Gammage BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at ASU Gammage
by Lee Cooley - December 08, 2016

#MammaMia Farewell as good/better than previous national tours @ASUGammage... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU Gammage BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL at ASU Gammage
by Lee Cooley - November 25, 2016

Thanks to @BwayAmerica for sharing Julia Knitel as Carole King with Phoenix @ASUGammage. #SomeKindOfWonderful... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD is Sinfully Good BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD is Sinfully Good
by Maria Rita Meli - October 29, 2016

In a long overdue attempt to set the record straight, God (for the first time a woman) and her devoted angels answer a few of the deepest questions to haunt mankind since the beginning of time itself.... (more...)
BBW Review: Long Live KING CHARLES III BBW Review: Long Live KING CHARLES III
by Maria Rita Meli - September 26, 2016

Is England prepared for Prince Charles' ascension to the throne after the death of Queen Elizabeth II? King Charles III, making its regional premiere in the Arizona Theatre Company's 50th anniversary season, explores his possible future reign.... (more...)
BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide! BWW Preview: 2016-2017 Theatre Season Guide - Full of Promise - We Review, You Decide!
by Herbert Paine - August 15, 2016

A full and diverse menu of theatrical offerings for young and old and every persuasion is on tap for the 2016-2017 Season in the Phoenix region. It is reflective of the evolution of the performing arts in the Valley of the Sun. Lots ~ old and new, comforting and provocative, comedy and drama ~ for t... (more...)
BWW Review: Gripping, Compelling and Explosive -  HOSTAGES Explores The Heart of Darkness BWW Review: Gripping, Compelling and Explosive - HOSTAGES Explores The Heart of Darkness
by Herbert Paine - May 23, 2016

Todd Michael Isaac and Mike Traylor deliver riveting and captivating performances as two hostages, isolated in a sterile cell and united only by their shared Kafkaesque despair, in iTheatre Collaborative's gripping and compelling production of Yussef El Guindi's HOSTAGES.... (more...)
BWW Review: WHEN YOU WISH Is A Wish Unfulfilled BWW Review: WHEN YOU WISH Is A Wish Unfulfilled
by Herbert Paine - May 23, 2016

Phoenix Theatre premiering WHEN YOU WISH: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY, a highly idealized and superficial portrait of the mogul of animated filmdom that leaves too many stones of character and relationship development unturned.... (more...)
BWW Review: DISCORD Is Revelation Lite Well Served BWW Review: DISCORD Is Revelation Lite Well Served
by Herbert Paine - May 13, 2016

Scott Carter's DISCORD is more akin to an extended SNL sketch ~ longer to the tune of ninety minutes, comprised of a series of XV scenes, and made thoroughly bearable thanks to the whirlwind performances ~ albeit caricatures ~ of its original cast, Larry Cedar (Jefferson), Mark Gagliardi (Dickens), ... (more...)
BWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist Laureate BWW Review: DAVID SEDARIS Is America's Humorist Laureate
by Herbert Paine - May 02, 2016

If America had an award for satirist-in-chief, David Sedaris would be the odds-on favorite. If there were a garland for humorist laureate, it would rest on his head. DAVID SEDARIS on-tour proves the point in an evening of readings and commentary that is both intellectual, personal, and theatrical.... (more...)
BWW Review: ATROCITIES OF THE ABSTRACT is One Great, Weird Time BWW Review: ATROCITIES OF THE ABSTRACT is One Great, Weird Time
by Maria Rita Meli - April 25, 2016

A new form of theatre has come to the Old Pueblo: the Red Theater Tucson - the fifth branch of the larger Red Theater Collective, which began in 2008 after the banishment from the University of Nebraska for performing controversial works.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Is An Invocation to Choose Life Even In The Darkest Hours BWW Review: THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK Is An Invocation to Choose Life Even In The Darkest Hours
by Herbert Paine - April 25, 2016

In Hale Centre Theatre's current production of the award-winning classic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, high school ingenue Sarah Pansing plays the central character to the hilt, conferring upon the role a sensibility and sensitivity that one might expect of an old soul. Her performance is not enough how... (more...)
BWW Review: You'll Flip Your Kilt Over THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART BWW Review: You'll Flip Your Kilt Over THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART
by Herbert Paine - April 22, 2016

The National Theatre of Scotland's THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART is wonderful ~ an innovative work of interactive drama, written by David Greig, directed by Wils Wilson, and starring the enchanting Jessica Hardwick as Prudencia, David McKay, Paul McCole, Annie Grace, and Alasdair Macrae. Ric... (more...)
BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Blows The Roof Off THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS BWW Review: Arizona Broadway Theatre Blows The Roof Off THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
by Herbert Paine - April 19, 2016

Arizona Broadway Theatre blows the roof off the THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS with a non-stop hit parade of Lone Star big star moments. Leading the pack is Cassandra Norville Klaphake as Miss Mona, the madam of the legendary brothel that inspired Carol Hall, Larry King, and Peter Masterson to ... (more...)
BWW Review: Theater Works Presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE BWW Review: Theater Works Presents VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
by Herbert Paine - April 19, 2016

The exceptional and distinctively comedic performances of Cathy Dresbach as Sonia and Bruce Laks as Vanya are the highlights of Theater Works' otherwise uneven production of Christopher Durang's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE.... (more...)
BWW Review: DISCORD at Temple Of Music And Art BWW Review: DISCORD at Temple Of Music And Art
by Maria Rita Meli - April 18, 2016

If you were ever curious as to what would occur if you locked our third president of the United States, the author of A Christmas Carol, and the author of War and Peace in an exitless room, you'll need to make it down to the Temple of Music and Art before April 30th.... (more...)
BWW Review: Dementia and Death Vie With Pride in THE OUTGOING TIDE BWW Review: Dementia and Death Vie With Pride in THE OUTGOING TIDE
by Herbert Paine - April 11, 2016

In Theatre Artists Studio's current staging of Bruce Graham's THE OUTGOING TIDE, Michael Fleck, Judy Lebeau, and Steven Fajardo deliver stirring performances in a play that is equal parts revelatory, uplifting, and provocative.... (more...)
BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN: Steinbeck's Portrait of Human Frailty Bristles With Power and Consequence BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN: Steinbeck's Portrait of Human Frailty Bristles With Power and Consequence
by Herbert Paine - April 05, 2016

Scott Greer delivers a stirring performance that cuts straight to the heart and gives heart to Arizona Theatre Company and Milwaukee Repertory Theater's co-production of OF MICE AND MEN. There is artistry, substance, and depth enough in Steinbeck's allegory of man's existential struggle to make this... (more...)
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT Shakes With Hilarity BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT Shakes With Hilarity
by Herbert Paine - April 01, 2016

Southwest Shakespeare Company's TWELFTH NIGHT, directed by David Vining, is a skillfully and smartly constructed and masterfully played production with scene pictures and performances that will linger well after the lights dim.... (more...)
BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN Leaves You Breathless, Speechless BWW Review: OF MICE AND MEN Leaves You Breathless, Speechless
by Maria Rita Meli - March 21, 2016

John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men, a co-production with Milwaukee Repertory Theater and winner of the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, continues the Arizona Theatre Company 2015-2016 season. It tells the emotional story of two migrant ranch workers, George (Jonathan Wainwright) a... (more...)