I saw the production, too. And Ms. Forrester is too kind.
However, I'm pretty stunned that people can't seem to disagree with critics or others without resorting to personal attacks. Civility, anyone?
FYI: It's not cool to post an entire review from another media source. That's called stealing. If anyone would like to review Dave Irwin's take, go here: http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/arts/report/…
I agree wholeheartedly with those who have commented on this misguided at best, hostile at worst, review of this production. It seems to me, and I too was at the same performance, that the reviewer has something of an ax to grind, as it does not appear that she is talking about the actual production at all. Perhaps 'deconstruct' the one word she used that does have some resemblence to the production - is the operative one here, as that is exactly what the play and its characters call for. The fragmented nature of all its parts and layers held me until the end, when if only for a brief moment, those very delicate edges seemed to brush up against each other. Well that is the genius of Lanford Wilson's writing, and in fact was the experience I encountered at this production. Go see it!
I just created a bio so I could comment on this show or rather make a public point. For the record, I absolutely enjoyed this show but the point I would like to make is regarding the Tucson theatre reviewers. I find it odd that Kathleen Allen and Sherilyn Forrester seem to write the same review, so we can count on Ms. Allen to poorly regurgitate the same thing that Ms. Forrester has written about this show. If you have a moment go back through archives of reviews in Tucson over the past year and it looks as though they either passed around a cheat sheet or they just share the same brain because at times they even use nearly identical sentences and odd review points. Either way I find it embarrassing for Tucson theatre and these newspapers, what has happened to journalistic integrity and where is the Editor In Chief? Am I the only person who has recognized this as an issue?
The Game – if Kathleen Allen’s review comes out and says the same thing as this review then come back here and post a comment. My prediction is Ms. Allen will print more or less the same thing but she will be a bit more nasty toward the actors because she does not appear smart enough to know the difference between an actor’s choice and a director’s decision (I learned that in Theatre 101.) Post back here after Kathleen’s article is printed.
Perhaps Ms Forrester mistakenly saw Sex & the City 2.0- this would explain how very far off the mark she is regarding this production. I agree with the previous poster- See this show for yourself and disregard this review.
I absolutely cannot believe that Ms. Forrester was at the same production I was! This does not appear to be a review but rather an attack on what was for me (and several other people with me - a few who plan to attend the show again during the run because they liked it so much) a decidedly lovely experience. The only thing I agree with in this unpleasant diatribe is the fact that the Cabaret stage is small. I thought the blocking (considering the small stage) was really very good and the positioning of the actors provided some really wonderful tableaus. The acting was above average (in a couple cases, way above average) and there were several truly touching moments! In closing, all I can say is that you should see this play for yourself. I think this reviewer is totally out of touch with reality and, in effect, has told potential playgoers that it would be better if they stayed at home and watched Simpson's re-runs. Believe me, nothing could be further from the truth! Please, go see this wonderful play!
Stage Hand: Thanks for the e-mail. I asked Nathan to look into this, and indeed, we goofed up the part about the "Beauty Queen" intermission; we fixed the text here and will run a correction next week. However, we're standing by Akimbo being closer to two hours.
Beauty Queen runs 2 hours WITH a 15-minute intermission.
Kimberly Akimbo runs 90 mins, no intermission.
i believe this was reviewed on the first performance. I think it's a good review. However, the play is a uniting, a chorography of individual performances but intentionally not melded like a Broadway dance production. The movement and entwining is intended to be chaotic and dissembling so that the audience is drawn into it. The play acts as a mirror of our imperfect selves in an imperfect world that is in constant need of adjusting. Like an old TV set. The director would have failed had he turned AMERICA HURRAH into a chorus line of perfectly moving parts. There can be improvement, true, but whether there is or not, it doesn't affect the play. It's actually a small thing. I thought the play, like the playwright, van Itallie, was brilliant and that Mr. Encila directed it masterfully. Tomas DeMoss
It's not the river Styx, it's the river Lethe.
I have followed Vicki Noon for years and she is beyond brilliant. We will be going to her final show tonight having seen her in Wicked in SFO as well. She is flawless and the best in this role we have ever seen. It's a little confusing to discover that her contract was not renewed. How can that happen? The show will not be the same without her and whoever made that choice made a huge mistake. I for one am going to be attending my last "Wicked" performance. For those who will get to see her or got to see her, cherish the moment as you have seen someone who has only just begun and will never see Wicked as it is with her!
Francois Robert's photography covers many themes. You'll be relieved to know that his most well known is faces found in natural objects, most of which seem friendly. FYI, they can be seen at: (http://francoisrobertphotography.com/#/por…)
If 1 apple + 1 apple = 2 apples then 1 apple + 1 banana = 2 fruits
Saw the show this past Sunday afternoon and what a treat it was. From the cast to the staging to the scenery, just perfect. Can't wait to attend future performances. If I were in town this weekend would make an attempt to see the show again. Special kudos to Kit Runge - such an extraordinary voice!!!!
I find it odd that the reviewer mentions everyone in the cast (including those with non-speaking roles) with the exception of one actor; Joe Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard's role as "Briggs" is very well played, and leaves the audience feeling sorry for Briggs and wishing his time on stage was more frequent. If the reviewer felt otherwise about Mr. Hubbard's performance, she should have included that opinion in the review, as completely ignoring his presence/performance is the worst type of criticism an actor can receive. Providing no feedback at all negates the opportunity for a performer to analize the perceptions of the audience and if so inclined, to make adjustments in his/her performance.
I agree wholeheartedly. I am new-ish to Tucson and noticed very quickly that for as much emphasis and support the 'art' scene gets here, it is greatly lacking in what I always consider to be very fundamental things. everythingbutnothing.com
Louis Bernal did not have the luxury of a long lifespan to take extensive numbers of photographs. The few that are available are worth looking at. However, THAT is the very problem. The Gallery named after him at PCC rarely if ever displays Louis Bernal's images and even if it does, the netsite for the gallery is outdated and provides little incentive to visit with its weird hours. As for other galleries in Tucson, the exhibits of photography overall is quite limited, and getting worse. Whoever is in charge of Louis Bernal's treasure trove of images should be urged to have more frequent exhibits, or do a better job of managing (them). Better go see them at the Gallery, it might be MANY years before you have another chance
I am a long-time season subscriber to Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, as well as to Nederlander Presents Broadway in Tucson. In addition, I have attended probably over a hundred shows in other US cities, in London, and on Broadway in NYC. I am a pretty experienced theatre-goer, and I am not that easily impressed. Sometimes the sets will be amazing, or the costumes beautiful, but the performers will seem too one-dimensional, the music will fall flat, or the plot will fail to grab me. Sometimes there is something completely intangible that leaves me wanting when the final curtain falls.
However, in the case of Arizona Theatre Company's recent presentation of "Backwards in High Heels", I was VERY impressed with the entire package. Frankly, I went to the show without very high expectations. After all, I had never heard of the show, and I am not a fan of Ginger Rogers or of anything from that era. I was quite pleasantly surprised, though, and loved everything about this play. When that final curtain fell, I found nothing wanting; nothing lacking. The costumes were beautiful, the sets were fun and imaginative; the dancing was excellent in both its choreography and performance, and Christopher McGovern's story was creative, well-thought, and interesting. The original scores were catchy and fun, and the entire production was entertaining and enchanting. I enjoyed the show immensely.
In addition, my five guests that evening included both male and female teenagers, as well as adults of both sexes. Every single person in our group LOVED the show, and had nothing negative to say about it. Nothing. Our only disappointment was that the magic had to end and that final curtain had to fall.
This caustic review by Sherilyn Forrester of the Tucson Weekly is so far off the mark on this one, that it leaves me questioning not only her taste and her opinions, but her motives as well. Perhaps Ms Forrester has a bone to pick with someone at the Arizona Theatre Company, or with someone in the production itself. I can think of no other explanation for this terrible review of such a wonderful show.
"Backwards in High Heels" is marvelously fun and entertaining. Ms Forrester notwithstanding, audiences of all ages will love this musical play! It's a definite "Two Thumbs Up" in my book!
As a member of MAPP, its a great joy to be involved in bringing awareness to a style of architecture that is so easy to appreciate. Being in the largest group of generations, the tail end of the baby boomers, I still remember several of the key ideas of the modern movement, and so will most of the people attending the tour this weekend. Who can forget the matching bathroom accessories, the asphalt tile floors, the shiny popcorn ceilings? I hope to see a lot of Tucsonans (and visitors) at the tour this Sunday, to enjoy going back to their childhood and raising money for a great cause!
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Being new to Tucson I have noticed there is more emphasis on Receptions than Conceptions here when it comes to Art.
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