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Comment Archives: stories: Arts: Review

Re: “Not-So-Fresh Feeling

Well, that was an annoying review. First the author complains about this huge misstep by the director that dooms this production and then say nothing about that misstep. I guess you're trying to drum up business with reverse psychology--Come see this play, not for the terrific performance outlined but, for the one really misguided terrible interpretation of the most dominant character.

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Posted by hillmaddy on 09/26/2013 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Totalitarian Trauma

METHINKS U DOEST PROTEST WAY TOO MUCH

Posted by frank McLaury on 09/19/2013 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Shifted Shakespeare

Great review, nice to see M Scot Skinner's insightful writing again....

Posted by MS Young on 09/13/2013 at 9:25 AM

Re: “"It Will Happen to You"

Saw the 9/8 evening performance. Press-Coffman was reciting her lines; the acting was not effective. Didion's writing, which is terrific, carried the performance but barely. I was very disappointed. What's the point of memorizing such a beautiful script if you can't emote except, as Dorothy Parker might say, to run the gamut from A to B?

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Posted by scratchbaker on 09/08/2013 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Finding Beauty in Asphalt

Fantastic. Otherwise mundane scapes come alive. You really have to see these prints in person. The power of old film is the print. And the printer. I hope she did them all on her own.

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Posted by Yes Bob on 07/11/2013 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Bird Brains

Margaret, I really like your approach with this review: identifying and summarizing a common theme with much of the artwork (i.e. birds), and then then sorting it all out with an ad hoc "awards ceremony". You should take it a step further, and create a "Regan" award for each of those categories. "And the winner of the Regan for 'Best Vacation' goes to....!" And then email the winner a little jpg file of the award graphic. ;)

Posted by Howard Salmon on 06/16/2013 at 3:08 PM

Re: “High Tide in Tucson

The headline is disappointing; I was expecting some reference to the book by our local author, Barbara Kingsolver. Her book entitiled High Tide in Tucson: Essays From Now or Never is one of my favorites.

Posted by Mimizspan on 05/30/2013 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Women on a Sex Strike

I saw the show opening night and was more than pleased that I chose to go! Hilarious, inventive and full of feminism, Lysistrata offers more than a quirky joke or two. A must see!

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Posted by Iguessthisisme on 03/13/2013 at 10:14 PM

Re: “A Big Honor for Big Jim

I worked at Old Tucson when Jim was in 'Diamond Studs' he was very funny - I am trying to find any photos of that stage musical to post on the Old Tucson Alumni Facebook page - if anyone has any I would love to see them. rjwenz@aol.com

Posted by Richard Wenz on 03/10/2013 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Tracing History

Thank you for the nice review of the show! Also if your in the Phoenix area Chris Pappan will have works at the Heard Museum Indian Market on March 2nd and 3rd, and also at the "Outside The Lines" exhibit at the Heard museum north in Scottsdale. Ryan Singer will also be showing more of his work at the 1205 Space, (1205 W. Pierce St Phoenix) opening Friday, March 1st . I would also just like to point out that the above image is by Ryan Singer and not Chris Pappaus.

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Posted by Chris Pappan on 02/23/2013 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Tango Triumvirate

Went and saw this. Absolutely amazing. Robert Beltran was a perfect mix of Nathan Lane, Al Pacino (alla Carlito's Way) and Edward James Olmos in his theatrical narration.

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Posted by BURNIE MAK on 02/20/2013 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Musical Theater, Punk Rock Style

Enjoyed the movie but LOVE this show. A lot of heart and so much fun. Not to be missed!

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Posted by Nikki Sanchez on 02/13/2013 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Christianity and Clinical Psychology

I saw this play last night, Jan. 31, and was very impressed with the production. I recommend "Freud's Last Session" to anyone interested in thoughtful, forceful and evocative theater. Outstanding, in my book.

Posted by theater lover on 02/01/2013 at 1:03 PM

Re: “The Beauty of the Land

What a great review! It really shed some light on Rancho Linda Vista and its artists showing at The Drawing Studio.

Fred Sanchez

Posted by Fred Sanchez on 01/24/2013 at 11:13 AM

Re: “War and Business Are Hell

It's perhaps niggling to pick on this mostly positive review, but I feel that in at least one way the reviewer doesn't "get" Brecht, and that leads her to say the Rogue's is a "very respectable production," instead of the truly rich and revealing production I think it is. Her primary complaint is the lack of storytelling momentum, but in fact it is Brecht who breaks up his play as he does, specifically so that the audience does not become engrossed in it. Brecht likes the audience to never lose themselves in the play, but to always be aware of themselves, alienated, consumers. By problematizing every aspect of the play, including Mother Courage's love for her children, the Rogue accentuates the audience's role as independent thinkers, critical of the play and its characters, and of the ideas presented. The audience could not possibly be that if they were too caught up in the story. So, while I applaud the Rogue for the lack of "storytelling momentum," the person I really applaud for this is Brecht himself, and I am surprised the reviewer does not understand this basic tenet of Brechtian theater.

Despite such aversion to the audience giving itself up to the story or to the characters, Brecht is an entertainer, through music, and through social situations that reach us where we live. The Rogue's presentation is terrifically entertaining, from their lively acting, to the terrific original music, to the presentation of each scene's beginning as ensemble choral performance.

This is quite possibly the best theater I have ever seen in Tucson.

Charles Alexander

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Posted by charles on 01/16/2013 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Checked Out

Fortunately this review appeared after I had seen the play. As I am often guided by the reviews appearing in the periodical. I will have to rethink this procedure. This play was stark and poignant. I am of the mind that Barbara's persona was executed nicely by Arnold. The lack of histrionics and breakdowns was refreshing. Her portrayal was much more realistic than what was described above.

Guajardo portrayal of Kenneth as wounded right from the start, is not inappropriate and he is able to keep the audience at that level through the 80 minutes of the show. Could it have been done differently, of course, would that have made it better for the audience? Who knows. In my opinion this performance is worth the investment of both our time and ticket price, Arnorld and Guajardo can be proud of developing great characters resulting in realistic persons that appears to take minimal effort on their part. Actors at their solo and collective best.

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Posted by Tig Collins on 01/10/2013 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Pondering Live Performance

The picture labeled "Kristen Islas in Joan Is Burning" is actually Shannon Rzucidlo.

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Posted by CoolCat on 12/29/2012 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Wherefore Art Thou?

Both the Weekly and the Star misused the word "wherefore." It means WHY. I learned this in high school. At least the Weekly advised they were using a bit of license! The Star just used it as the word "where," as in where the performance is located. I am so sick of the misuse of this phrase!

Posted by Margaret Lacey on 10/26/2012 at 3:42 PM

Re: “A Farce That Flails

Although Sherilyn Forrester makes some good points regarding the playwrights overriding presence throughout the show and that at times he becomes more important than the story he is trying to tell. However, after seeing a performance last week I felt that the acting and directing were outstanding and gave life and fun to what sometimes feels like an odd course of events. There are continual laughs and the direction is tight and playful. This production pulled everything together for me and turned out to be a far more enjoyable evening than I had ever expected. It's certainly ls not great literature but I'd recommend it for a good night out. -A. David

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Posted by David Hill 1 on 10/17/2012 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Little Art, Big Detail

I find Margaret Regan's article disappointing, but reflective of the author. The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a lovely place to visit and admire the works of many artists. I always enjoy taking visitors and delight when they are surprised and impressed to find such a museum in Tucson. We do not need some bourgeois author disparaging the Mini-Time Machine Museum to inflat her worth. Thank you Mini-Time Machine for your contribution to the community.

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Posted by Sandra Milton on 10/11/2012 at 7:33 AM

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