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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

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: “Maverick Matadors

It's wonderful that the Plaza de Toros sits empty. Maybe you could arrange to have dog fighting there. Bullfighting is a remnent of a historic time when men weren't very civilized. Apparently, some men still lust for blood and have the desire to kill (or to watch) and it's a sore commentary on those people

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Posted by saintjoan on 04/19/2012 at 2:25 PM

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: “The Die Is Cast

Many thanks for this review. I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books with Elmore Leonard at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Posted by Barry Graham on 03/08/2012 at 11:41 PM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

Thanks for the info Pattie. I had several others I wanted to include but I ran out of space.

Posted by rconnelly on 03/08/2012 at 11:19 AM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

Nice batch of books! I would also add the wonderful collection of docent recipes published several years ago, "Dining with the Desert Museum".

Posted by Pattie Bell on 03/08/2012 at 9:40 AM

Re: “A Pinch of Prickly Pear

As long-time Tucsonans probably know, Francisca was the wife of Lloyd who ran Lloyd's Mexican Restaurant on Sixth St., one block east of Park Ave. Great food and a great little family restaurant.

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Posted by Bruce on 03/07/2012 at 6:26 PM

Re: “A Damaged Landscape

[i]"Before I go any further, I want to say something to any climate-change deniers out there: Please, for the sake of the rest of us (not to mention the planet), pull your heads out of your ponderous asses. There is no doubt that climate change is happening. It is directly tied to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, an earthshaking development in human history that led directly to a massive increase in the combustion of fossil fuels and thus their combustion products. It is supported by an irrefutable body of scientific facts. Not believing in climate change is like not believing in gravity, or not believing that the Earth is round."[/i]

To start an article out with a pointed insult to those who don't believe in many things, is not a way to win over any reader, whether they be liberal or not. Climate change has been happening to the planet for thousands and millions of years you 'ponderous ass'. (example; the coming and going of the ice age) It was only thanks to man and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, that the process was sped up ten fold. The planet will change (as everything does) and all we can do is adapt and help slow the process, by taking more care into how we do things.

Ultimately, climate change will happen whether you like it or not.

I will read this book as I do wish to read into another person's view on how the world is changing through their eyes.

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Posted by Keitaro Urashima on 03/02/2012 at 10:50 AM

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: “Invaders vs. Neighbors

On a recent swing through San Diego, Lane Van Ham was a guest of our organization, Jubilee Economics, for a presentation and a podcast. For those interested, the presentation, addressing a number of border-minded activists, clergy, and educators, is on YouTube at (Apologies that it's rather plain a presentation. We didn't get the room we planned on.) And the podcast, A Common Humanity, can be heard at (bottommost link in the article).

There's plenty of information to enhance the reading of the book itself.

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Posted by Jubilee Economics on 02/16/2012 at 1:57 PM

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: “Deposited by Angels

I went to the mission with my boys in 2000 and had very strange experiences. Staying a a neaby hotel I had dreams abour a priest and how a women feel in love with him and he refused her love because she had an affair.. Then when I went there I went to the hill nearby where the gate is and saw and felt such terror, fear and destruction. It was like people were being massacred all around. Then when I went to go in the church it was hard fir ne. I just wanted to cry and my boys had to kead me in. Looking around I felt so much pain and couldn't even look at anything without feeling so strange. It was kike I had to get out of there and once I got outside I could breath. Even looking at pictures now I just see glowing and someting I don't understand. I saw so many strange visions there and don't really understand them.
Thank you Michele Skillett Lincoln Nebraska

Posted by Michele Cederdahl Skillett on 01/27/2012 at 2:30 PM

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: “Nude Awakening

Jock Sturges is an AMAZING photographer. Keep up the excellent work Jock!!! Mark Montgomery NYC, NY

Posted by Mark Montgomery on 01/06/2012 at 6:01 AM

Re: “Phoenix's Future

Thanks for the insightful review, Tim. Back in early November, the Pinal County Greens recommended this book:…

I hope it's okay that I just posted an update linking to your review. Thanks again!

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Posted by Richard Grayson on 12/22/2011 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Take an Art Stroll

Dragonfly Art Gallery…

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

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