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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture: Review

Re: “Intelligent Exchange

I couldn't disagree more with Mrs. Forrester. I sometimes have no idea how people can become art/theatre critics when they think so little about a play's content.
I absolutely love this play. However, this performance was not only powerless but cowardly. The director had absolutely no guts in trying to scare the audience with the fear that Rothko is feeling. At no point do we see Rothko terrified that his end is near! It's all there! It's in the writing!!

At no point do we see how absolutely terrified Rothko's assistant Ken is of facing his past (murdered parents). This basically is a weekend conversation of meaningless banter. Just about every line is thrown away.

The priceless words uttered by Rothko, "There's only one thing in life I fear my friend, that one day, the black will swallow the red," are disgustingly thrown away. You can barely hear them first of all, and they carried absolutely no power, no fear! Think about it Mrs. Forrester! Think about it! It's such a shame really. I looked forward to this production for months because I've never had a chance to see RED live. And well, I still haven't.

This production was another sham put on by ATC in which it bring out of town "talent" that is nowhere near some of the talent that I have seen in local theatre companies.

I want to think that Mr. Arndt was directed to act the way he did since he seems like a very capable actor. Yet his Rothko was just a guy painting for a new restaurant. He's terrified and we never see that. We never see him hanging by a thread. My god! There are so many references! He is old news! He is at the end of his career (thus his life) and yet, we don't see that.

Mr. Toms on the other hand seemed like a silly cartoon running around the stage for absolutely no reason. He would at times run, really run to get a rag, and you wondered "why is he in such a hurry? There's no reason to be in such a hurry to clean a drop of paint." There was no explanation for many of the choices he made.

I could only think that he got this role because of his extensive resume with a lot of big-name production companies. Which unfortunately, it seems that's what ATC loves to do.

As Rothko said Mrs. Forrester, "think more!"

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Posted by rsutter on 04/26/2012 at 3:45 AM

Re: “Two Newer Plays

Apologies from the playwright: I'm writing because I have been made aware that I neglected to credit Damesrocket Theater for its production of my play Touch in 1999. It was the play's first production, directed by Caroline Reed, the theater's Artistic Director. Apologies as well to Ms. Forrester: had the credit been in the program as it should have been, she would have had the information she needed for her review. Toni Press-Coffman

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Posted by Toni Press-Coffman on 04/16/2012 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Celebrating Freedom

This is good information provided about Juneteenth and a short history of blacks in Tucson. I hope that we as a community will come together and support this event this year. Though there have been some set backs and some issues that have taken place, should not stop us from continuing trying to make this event and other events held for us from growing. I would encourage all to begin praying now for a great change to take place at this event this year. Pray for God's hand to be upon this event. Through prayer all things are possible for them who believe. Let's believe for change.

Posted by Callandra Lowkie-Little on 04/12/2012 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Emotional and Visual

So sorry I missed this.

Posted by Sagegal on 04/02/2012 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Light, Air and Water

The estimable Forkan, Miller and Robinson's works gratefully acknowledged, I'd like to mention that there is still also a lot of great southwestern landscape art in this town.

Posted by Edgar on 03/29/2012 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Trouble in Mind

Well who doesn't come off well when Hollywood deems them worthy to have their life told on film. Just look at Bonny & Clyde, Jake LaMotta, or Francis Marion. I'd say John Nash is in good company.

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Posted by Nelson James on 03/13/2012 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Despite the Hardships

The exhibition sounds interesting. With regard to your editorial comments about the wall as a "monster" that "scars the landscape", you might want to consider the fact that it has also been responsible for a tremendous improvement in the quality of life for residents on the U.S. side - many of them Mexican-Americans of quite modest means - who for years were adversely impacted by the crime and general disorder emanating from the other side. There is a reason the Border Patrol is more popular in Nogales than in certain parts of Tucson, and to be intellectually honest about border issues requires one to wrestle with that fact.

Posted by Sean60 on 03/02/2012 at 4:42 AM

Re: “Welcome Receptions

The Amity Foundation's Dragonfly Gallery at 188 E. Broadway Blvd. (just west of Etherton Gallery) is also having an opening on Saturday, Feb. 4th.

Posted by Rebecca Macaulay on 02/02/2012 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Truth Through Story

just the best play ever. wonderful. run don't walk. it closes soon

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Posted by Stewart Kantor on 01/20/2012 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Take an Art Stroll

Dragonfly Art Gallery
http://www.thezmag.com/view-place-467-drag…

Posted by Rebecca Macaulay on 12/08/2011 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Nutcracked Pueblo

HAHAHAHAHA!!!
I used to dance there and so did my daughter. It was short-lived. Don't waste your time or money... she is loony!!

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Posted by No longer at A Time to Dance on 12/05/2011 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Nutcracked Pueblo

Nothing says professional quite like this Facebook post written by adult dance director Donna Doell using baby talk while pretending to be her recently deceased cat to sell tickets for this years Nutcracker being performed by a time to dance. Enjoy!
Sugarbaby-Mascot of A Time to Dance
"Me Maccot of duh Nutcwwackerz ballet dancing. yay! Mommy's ballerinaz are beautimous and gigantigous talentz. me proud of allz mommy's dancer peepul."

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Posted by TomCat on 12/02/2011 at 9:51 PM

Re: “A Musical Mess

Sherilyn

It's a school for god sake. NOT ATC. Learn the difference.

The audiences are loving the show, silly. I heard they added another show and ticket sales increased. Hmm, maybe it's because people are ENJOYING IT! Word of mouth is a powerful thing! I hope it drives you out of trying to review shows in the future! Because you don't know how!

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Posted by DaddyLongLegs on 11/17/2011 at 7:57 PM

Re: “A Musical Mess

You're ridiculous! The show is beautiful and it always makes me cry. Hopefully, patrons will ignore you.

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Posted by SuzyQ on 11/17/2011 at 9:26 AM

Re: “A Musical Mess

The sound needs work, yes. The set needs more money, Yes. This production is fantastic, YES!

My wife and I loved the production and the performers! Why don't you just stop writing.

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Posted by Peter & Mary on 11/16/2011 at 9:48 PM

Re: “A Musical Mess

I don't know what production you went to, Sherilyn. But, maybe you and Kathy Allen need to take a house by the sea together.

This was a WONDERFUL production with WONDERFUL performances by these college-aged actors. I preferred the "children" being these 2 actors as opposed to real children. The depth of character in both portrayals was excellent - something a child hardly ever has going for them. I do agree about the orchestra being too loud but that is the problem for the sound designer.

I saw last year's Into the Woods as well - both productions were directed by a person who knows musicals and what makes audiences come back to ART time and time again. This production was top-notch!

Try to be LESS cynical!

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Posted by Jimmy75 on 11/16/2011 at 9:38 PM

Re: “O'odham Colors

I've seen Olen Perkins' work, and specifically, the pieces Miss Portwood chose to write about. I suspect that the pieces were designed to provoke a reaction and, obviously, they did. I think it's really a shame that Miss Portwood spent the better part of her article slamming Perkins. I wish I could type more but, I smell the sweet perfume of a critic's burning flesh and I must go eat.

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Posted by Peter on 11/07/2011 at 11:39 AM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Though referencing the playwright who famously claimed, "Hell is other people," is certainly No Error.

Posted by jeremy on 10/28/2011 at 8:48 AM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Good, and I didn't say "easily." I said "tends to."

Posted by oscar on 10/27/2011 at 5:12 PM

Re: “A Peek Into 9/11

Sorry about the mistake, oscar (although it's a stretch to say that such an error means the rest is easily discountable). It's been fixed.

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Posted by Jimmy Boegle on 10/27/2011 at 2:04 PM

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